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#37702 - 05/05/04 04:50 AM PPE
Trainwire Offline
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I am going to buy some PPE, face shield, gloves, maybe a jacket,

Most of my work is 240 volts and below, class 2. All I want is to save my eyes and hands if the meter I am trying to take out comes unglued.

Anybody have recommendations? What do you use. (You DO use it don't you?)

I guess I am gettin wussy in my old age.

TW
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#37703 - 05/05/04 05:33 AM Re: PPE
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Read NFPA 70e Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace Article 130 its the law.
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#37704 - 05/05/04 06:05 AM Re: PPE
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Times to use PPE, and type of protection:
1. Circuit breaker or fused switch operation with covers on, <240v: safety glasses(SG)
2. Cb or FW operation with covers off, <240v: SG
3. CB or FS or starter operation with enclosure doors closed >240v: SG
4. CB or FS or starter operation with enclosure doors open > 240v: gloves(G), hardhat(HH), FR coveralls(FR C), safety glasses(SG)
5. Work on energized parts, including voltage testing < 240v: G,HH,FR C, SG
6. Work on energized parts, including voltage testing >240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
7. Removal of bolted covers (to expose bare, energized parts) <240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
8. Removal of bolted covers (to expose bare, energized parts) >240: G, HH, FR C, SG
9. Opening hinged covers (to expose bare, energized parts) <240v: SG
10. Opening hinged covers (to expose bare, energized parts)>240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
11. Work on control circuits with energized parts <120v: G, HH, SG
12. Work on control circuits with energized parts >120v: G, HH, FR C, SG
13. Insertion or removal of invidual starter "buckets" from MCC >240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
14. Cable trough or tray cover removal or installation >240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
15. Miscellaneous equipment cover removal or installation >240v: G, HH, FR C, SG
16. Removal of bolted covers on small transformers >240v: G, HH, FR C, SG

I used the NFPA standard to make this list for my department's use. This should cover everything my department will do. I purchased FR coveralls which are worn over a 100% cotton shirt, and jeans. Wearing the coveralls seems to be a way to provide the most protection for this type of work. I don't have the calorie rating of these coveralls handy, but can get them if needed.

Follow the NFPA standard, and you should be well covered, so to speak!

Rick Miell
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#37705 - 05/05/04 07:00 AM Re: PPE
Trainwire Offline
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Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Thanks for your replies.

What kind of gloves do you find are the best compromise between being able to feel what you are doing, and electrical insulation.

TW
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#37706 - 05/05/04 04:13 PM Re: PPE
rmiell Offline
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Loc: La Junta, Co. USA
Most high quality leather gloves provide protection up to 250v. Over 240, you either get 600v rates ones, or rubber with leather protectors.

If linemen can install & terminate wires using only a hotstick, surely we can live with some inconvience in using gloves as opposed to bare hands.

Rick Miell
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#37707 - 05/05/04 05:52 PM Re: PPE
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Some example links… www.whsalisbury.com/gloves/images/gloves.pdf
For low voltage, there are ASTM Class-0 and Class-00 gloves and varying styles of leather protectors. Don’t forget glove bags, and possibly stuff like “10-4 glove dust”.
www.whsalisbury.com/blankets/images/blankets.pdf
Blankets can be useful for energized work. A storage tube is essential to keep blankets in their original condition.
www.whsalisbury.com/arc_flash/images/kit.pdf
for thermally-rated protective clothing.

Salisbury and other related equipment can be ordered through most electcal wholesale houses.

Another useful site may be www.arcwear.com and there are others.
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