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Recommended Protective Clothing & PPE by Hazard/Risk Category

Category 0

  • Shirt (long sleeve)
  • Trousers (long)
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (selection required)
  • Hearing protection (ear canal inserts)
  • Heavy duty leather gloves (as needed)

Note: If rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors are determined necessary, additional leather or arc-rated gloves are not needed.  A combination of rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors is appropriate for arc flash protection.

Shirts and trousers should be made from non-melting or untreated natural fiber (e.g., cotton, wool, rayon, silk, or blends of these material with a fabric weight of at least 4.5oz/yd2).

Category 1

  • Arc-rated long-sleeve shirt and trousers with a minimum arc rating of 4 cal/cm2 (may substitute shirt & pants with arc-rated coverall)
  • Arc-rated face shield with a minimum arc rating of 4 cal/cm2, with wraparound guarding to protect not only the face but also the forehead, ears, and neck, or an arc flash suit hood with the same rating
  • Arc-rated jacket, parka, rainwear, or hard hat liner (as needed)
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (selection required)
  • Hearing protection (ear canal inserts)
  • Heavy duty leather gloves, unless a combination of rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors is used
  • Leather work shoes (as needed)

Category 2

  • Arc-rated long-sleeve shirt and trousers with a minimum arc rating of 8 cal/cm2 (may substitute shirt & trousers with arc-rated coverall)
  • Arc-rated jacket, parka, rainwear, or hard hat liner (as needed)
  • Arc-rated flash suit hood or arc-rated face shield with a minimum arc rating of 8 cal/cm2, with wraparound guarding to protect not only the face but also the forehead, ears, and neck, or balaclava-type hood with same rating
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (selection required)
  • Hearing protection (ear canal inserts)
  • Heavy duty leather gloves, unless a combination of rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors is required
  • Leather work shoes

Category 3

  • Arc-rated long-sleeve shirt with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated trousers with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2 (As Required)
  • Arc-rated coverall with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2 (As Required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit jacket with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit trousers with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit hood with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2
  • Arc-rated jacket, parka, rainwear, or hard hat liner (as needed)
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (selection required)
  • Hearing protection (ear canal inserts)
  • Arc-rated gloves unless a combination of rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors is used
  • Leather work shoes

Note: An alternative is to use a total flame-resistant (FR) clothing system and hood with a minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm2.

Category 4

  • Arc-rated long-sleeve shirt with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated trousers with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2 (As Required)
  • Arc-rated coverall with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2 (As Required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit jacket with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit trousers with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2 (as required)
  • Arc-rated arc flash suit hood with a minimum arc rating of 40 cal/cm2
  • Arc-rated jacket, parka, rainwear, or hard hat liner (as needed)
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (selection required)
  • Hearing protection (ear canal inserts)
  • Arc-rated gloves unless a combination rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors are used
  • Leather work shoes

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