What is an Arc Flash Hazard?
An arc flash hazard is a dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc. This explosive condition includes a broad spectrum of electromagnetic energy, plasma, fragments and a spray of molten materials. When an electric current passes through the air between ungrounded conductors or between ungrounded and grounded conductors. Temperatures can reach 35,000 degree Fahrenheit making exposure to this extreme thermal energy hazardous.
|CU-ARC-1, Kit-1: FS-18ARC10, on Visor Bracket, VB-30, and Cap mounted with Slot Adapters, SA-30 and Balaclava.||
CU-ARC-2, Kit-2: Elvex ARC-Shield, FS-18ARC10, on Visor Bracket, VB-30, Cap mounted earmuffs and Balaclava, HM-2030.
|CU-ARC-3, Kit-3: Elvex ARC-Shield, FS-20ARC10, on Visor Bracket, VB-10, mounted with earmuffs, and Balaclava. HM-2030.||CU-ARC-4, Kit-4: Elvex ARC-Shield, FS-20ARC10, on Visor Bracket, VB-30, Cap mounted earmuffs and Balaclava, HM-2030.|
|Product Name||Product Number||Product Description|
|Molded Specialty Face Shields||FS-20ARC10||ARC-Shield, with chin protector, NFPA 70E risk category 2, molded, PC, AF coated (fits only VB visor brackets),10″ x 18.5″ x .075″ (12 cal/cm²)|
|Molded Specialty Face Shields||FS-21ARC10||Replacement ARC-Shield for FS-20ARC10 (VB-10/20/30 only)|
|Arc Flash Kits||CU-ARC-1||12 CAL rated FS-18ARC10, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, Quattro Ear Plugs. NRR 25|
|Arc Flash Kits||CU-ARC-2||12 CAL rated FS-18ARC10, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, HM-20 Cap Muffs, NRR 25|
|Arc Flash Kits||CU-ARC-3||12 CAL rated FS-20ARC10 w/Chin Protector, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, Quattro Ear Plugs, NRR 25|
|Arc Flash Kits||CU-ARC-4||12 CAL rated FS-20ARC10 w/Chin Protector, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, HM-20 Cap Muffs, NRR 25|
|Arc Flash Kit Accessories||HD-ARC-FR3||34 CAL rated Arc Rated, Double Ply Balaclava|
|Microfiber Drawstring Bag||SGB-100||Microfiber Drawstring Bag, Fits Large Shields Assembled on Hard Hats (20.47″ x 19.29″ or 52 cm x 49 cm), Black|
* includes HM-20 Cap Mounted Muffs, 25 NRR.
Key Benefits of Elvex ARC Shields & Kits
All Elvex components are tested and certified at Kinectrics High Current Laboratory.
Elvex’s ARC shields are proprietary designs, molded of polycarbonate material with special absorbers and made to an industry leading .075” thickness for maximum thermal and impact protection.
The shields are designed in light green to provide excellent visible light transmission (VLT). Good color visibility is maintained.
Protection value (ATPV) for Elvex FS-18ARC10 Shield is 12 cal/cm²
Protection value (ATPV) for Elvex FS-20ARC10 Shield is labeled 12 cal/cm². This model is equipped with chin cup.
Shields come with standard anti-fog coating
Shields fit Elvex Visor Bracket (VB-10, VB-20, VB-30) for mounting to safety caps
Face and hearing protection can be used simultaneously on safety caps
Elvex system can be adapted to most major brands of slotted safety caps
Complete kits, consisting of helmet, visor, band visor bracket and balaclava. Optional hearing protection available.
The Elvex Balaclava is included in the CU-ARC kits 1 thru 4 and has been tested andNFPA approved. Available in gray color, one size fits all.
NFPA 70E-2012 standards
The new issue of National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 70E, details the protective clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) required to be worn by electrical workers. Elvex ARC shield kits include Hard Hats, Visor Brackets, and Balaclavas that are suitable for use for Hazard/Risk Categories (HRC) 1 and 2. The Minimum Arc Rating or ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) is shown in this table.
|Hazard/Risk Category||ARC Rated Head & Face Protection Required||Minimum ATPV in cal/cm²||Elvex Kit Item No.|
|1||ARC Shield with Chin Protection (Balaclava) Hard hat, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection||4||CU-ARC-1 or
|2||ARC Shield with Chin Protection Hard hat, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection (Balaclava)||8||CU-ARC-3 or
For HRC Category 3 & 4 applications, refer to the Flash-Pro Electric Arc Hood Systems.
Complete Kits Available
|Kit No.||Safety Helmet||Arc Shield||Balaclava||Visor Bracket||Hearing Protection|
|CU-ARC-1 (10 cal)||Tectra cap,
|FS-18ARC10||HD-ARC-FR3||Visor Bracket, VB-30 SA Slot Adaptor||Quattro Ear Plugs*|
|CU-ARC-2 (10 cal)||Tectra cap, SC-50-6R||FS-18ARC10||HD-ARC-FR3||Visor Bracket, VB-30 SA Slot Adaptor||Cap Mount Muffs HM-20|
|CU-ARC-3 (12 cal)||Tectra cap, SC-50-6R||FS-20ARC10||HD-ARC-FR3||Visor Bracket, VB-30 SA Slot Adaptor||Quattro Ear Plugs*|
|CU-ARC-4 (12 cal)||Tectra cap, SC-50-6R||FS-20ARC10||HD-ARC-FR3||Visor Bracket, VB-30 SA Slot Adaptor||Cap Mount Muffs HM-20|
*To be worn under balaclava.
Face & Head Protection Matrix adapted from NFPA 70E-2012.
Highlighted area shows Hazard/Risk Categories where NFPA 70E-2012 considers Arc Shields as adequate protection.
|Hazard/Risk Category adapted from NFPA 70E-2012||Head and Face Protection
adapted from NFPA 70E-2012
|Minimum ATPV in cal/cm²|
|0||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, ARC shield optional||N/A|
|1||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, Arc shield, Balaclava hood||4|
|2||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, Arc shield, Balaclava hood||8|
|2*||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, Balaclava hood, FS-20ARC10 Shield, Hearing protection||8|
|3||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, Multi layer switch hood, Hearing protection||25|
|4||Safety helmet, Safety glasses, Multi layer switch hood, Hearing protection||40|
*Make sure that you use a balaclava hood that is tested and NFPA approved. Elvex Balaclava HD-ARC-FR3 is NFPA approved and available for purchase.
|Product Number||Product Description|
|HD-ARC-FR3||Balaclava, Double Ply Hood, Arc Rated|