The Simplified Arc Flash PPE Chart

blog author iconJon Travis
date icon2021 / 11 / 12
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The Simplified Arc Flash PPE Chart

If you are confused about what arc flash PPE to wear then you’ve come to the right place.

When I worked as a maintenance manager I spent countless hours in debate with my crew on what arc flash PPE we need for each situation.

Then finally one day we found this one piece of information in the arc flash standard that made it easy to decide.

Keep reading to discover what we found and how we created the simplified arc flash PPE chart.

Let’s go.


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How the Chart Works

There is really one piece of information that holds this all together. 

It's a fact that CSAz462 and NFPA70E both require you to use an arc-rated hood when the incident energy levels are higher than 12cal/cm2.

Now, that paragraph alone could confuse anyone, but what I basically said is if the amount of expected heat energy is more than 12 then you need to wear more protection.

Essentially, the simplified approach only has two options, and the only decision point is when you have more than 12cal/cm2. 

If you don't know where to find the heat energy numbers then you should read our article on How to Read Arc Flash Labels.

Below 12cal/cm2

When the incident energy levels are below 12cal/cm2 then you can wear the following:

  • Arc rated faceshield (12 ATPV)
  • Arc rated balaclava (12 ATPV)
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear canal inserts
  • Arc rated coveralls (12 ATPV)
  • Rubber insulated gloves (Check this chart for proper voltage rating)
  • Leather protective gloves
  • Dielectric steel toe leather boots

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Above 12cal/cm2

Now... most of you who have the arc flash suit will have one rated 40 cal/cm2 but today you can even get a 100 cal arc flash suit! 

You'll need to consider the frequency of use and what your highest arc flash levels are but for the most part, companies can purchase one suit and wear it for the above 12cal/cm2 situations.

This is what is required:

  • Arc rated hood with faceshield (Highest ATPV)
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear canal inserts
  • Arc rated bib (Highest ATPV)
  • Arc rated coat (Highest ATPV)
  • Rubber insulated gloves
  • Leather protective gloves
  • Dielectric steel toe leather boots


Hopefully, you can put this arc flash PPE chart to good use and simplify the process of deciding what to wear for any given electrical job.

Let me know how you make out with it in the comments and if you have any questions you can always reach out at

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