Elliotts offers a full range of flame retardant workwear (FR workwear) to meet the new guidelines on PPE to be worn by electrical workers as per AS/NZS 4863:2011 requirements.
Until recently, the Australian and New Zealand electrical industry has relied on ENA NENS 09-2006 for guidelines on the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE), which specified that the minimum protective clothing for work where electrical hazards exist shall have properties not inferior to 185gsm cotton drill.
However, the new guidelines as per AS/NZS 4863:2011 (Safe working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment) specify a new level of requirements for electrical works, which include protective clothing and face shields.
The new guidelines now require flame-retardant clothing to cover the full body including arms and legs in addition to a face shield certified as rated at 10 cal/cm² protection.
Elliotts Managing Director, Anthony Elliott comments that the company has been recommending FR clothing as standard for any employee working on or near energised electrical systems for many years.
Elliotts has developed a full range of flame retardant workwear and switching clothing specially designed to meet Australian conditions. The Reference Centre on the Elliotts website explains FR workwear and switching clothing as well as the standards and materials used in them for better understanding of the user.