ArcFlashWear is the Australian Distributor of NASCO Protective Outerwear and a corporate provider of premium FR work wear, offering protection against electric arc, flash fire, chemical splash and molten metal splash. Our specialised FR solutions are engineered to ensure they meet or exceed internal and external Customer requirements.
Our industry focus includes:
Electric Utilities and Installations where there is risk of exposure to electric arc,
Electrical Maintenance and Workplaces (mine extraction and processing sites, smelters and refineries, heavy industry, fire services/SES, oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical) where there is risk of exposure to electric arc, flash fire, chemical splash, intense heat and flame and,
Molten Metal Installations where there is risk of exposure to molten metal splash (aluminium, cryolite, iron, steel, copper, magnesium and nickel), convective and radiant heat, electric arc and flame.
Because we specialise, we are product and hazard centric, offering only a select number of the world’s premium FR textiles in our standard or custom range of industrial work wear.
Hazard Risk Assessment: Safety vs Comfort
It is customary for PPC hazard risk assessment analysis to encounter the two conflicting issues of safety versus comfort. Textile comfort is normally a high priority since exposure to radiant heat is a common workplace hazard, however the choice of comfort, often regarded simply as textile weight, can in some cases compromise the desired level of protection. One criterion opposing comfort is that the level of protection typically rests in a textile's weight and composition and in general, heavier weights will provide better insulation from heat transfer. Final outcomes, if influenced by individual preference or other factors may result in the desired level of protection not being achieved. Corporations therefore face the dilemma of deciding two very important but conflicting issues when installing their PPC programs.
Some textiles might not be capable of providing simultaneous protection against potential hazards in which case additional solutions, such as primary protection and/or layered systems should be considered. This level of protection usually applies when workers regularly move between areas where primary over secondary protection is required. However, when using layered systems for protection against electric arc, it should be noted that the arc ratings of the individual layers cannot be simply added together, since in some cases, layering can actually decrease the total protection. The only way to use a layering system to achieve protection is to conduct a multi-layer arc flash hazard assessment. In other instances, non-melting FR undergarments can be worn under FR work wear to increase thermal insulation and protection from electric arc and flash fire exposure.
As a consequence, workplace conditions and procedures other than the identified hazard(s) must be taken into account when corporations determine their PPC programs. FR work wear selection must be based on the probable worst case exposure for a workplace task. When body burn injury is reduced, the survival rate for burn victims is significantly increased and the ability to preserve the victim’s quality of life is greatly enhanced.
What We Do
ArcFlashWear engages in a step by step consultative process where corporations –
View certified literature, textile swatches and inspection garments pertaining to the identified hazard(s),
Engage in timely and informative dialogue to conclude the required textile specifications and FR work wear design,
Initiate construction and procurement of wear test garments and
Proceed to final production, procurement and inventorying the corporation’s secondary PPC program.