Arc flash hoods are meant to provide protection, not a fashion statement. These spaceman-type hoods provide electrical workers protection against electrical hazards, such as an arc flash, whenever work is being done on electrical equipment. An arc flash hood is one piece of arc flash apparel that does its job by protecting the electrical worker’s head and neck. As an overall wardrobe, the arc flash hood works with the pants, shirts, jackets, boots, and face guards work to provide maximum protection for electrical workers on the job site.
Arc flash hoods are manufactured using cotton blends, so there is added durability and stability to the fabric. Since cotton can easily catch on fire, the cotton is blended with nylon and treated with other solutions to make the fabric flame-retardant. Arc flash hoods are manufactured in layers to provide many levels of insulation to protect the wearer against extreme temperatures (hot and cold). Oftentimes, an inner layer is added to the arc flash hood as an added fail safe against intense flames.
Standards for Arc Flash Hoods
Arc flash hoods, like other electrical safety clothing, must meet certain electrical safety standards. In the U.S., arc flash hoods must meet ASTM International’s standards (ASTM F2178), the National Fire Protection’s workplace standards for electrical standard (NFPA 70E standard), and the requirements for flammability (ASTM F1506).
Arc Flash Hood Protection
Arc flash hoods require special care to continually provide its user with adequate protection. To ensure full protection, here are a few arc flash hood care tips.