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Electric ARC Face Shields and Face Protection

 

Elvex ARC-Shield™ Face Protection

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.

Check out our Electric ARC Hood product line!

Elvec Tectra helmet equipped with VB-30 Visor Bracket and HM-6030 cap mounted earmuffs

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.

Elvex ARC-Shield, FS-20ARC10, with chin protector fitted to Elvex Tectra helmet

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.

Kits Available:

Product Name Product Number Product Description Suggested
List Price
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) $51.20
Molded Specialty Face Shields FS-21ARC10 Replacement ARC-Shield for FS-20ARC10 (VB-10/20/30 only) $44.75
Arc Flash Kits CU-ARC-1 12 CAL rated FS-18ARC10, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, Quattro Ear Plugs. NRR 25 $100.00
Arc Flash Kits CU-ARC-2 12 CAL rated FS-18ARC10, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, HM-20 Cap Muffs, NRR 25 $115.00
Arc Flash Kits CU-ARC-3 12 CAL rated FS-20ARC10 w/Chin Protector, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, Quattro Ear Plugs, NRR 25 $105.00
Arc Flash Kits CU-ARC-4 12 CAL rated FS-20ARC10 w/Chin Protector, Helmet, Balaclava, Accessories, HM-20 Cap Muffs, NRR 25 $121.50
Arc Flash Kit Accessories HD-ARC-FR3 34 CAL rated Arc Rated, Double Ply Balaclava $38.25
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 $12.00
* 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
CU-ARC- 2
2 ARC Shield with Chin Protection Hard hat, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection (Balaclava) 8 CU-ARC-3 or
CU-ARC-4

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,
SC-50-6R
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 Suggested List Price
HD-ARC-FR3 Balaclava, Double Ply Hood, Arc Rated $38.25

Download NFPA Chart (Pdf) showing examples of jobs/tasks and corresponding Hazard/Risk Category rating

  Download 2010 test report for Elvex FS-18ARC10 ARC shields, Visor Bracket and hearing protection.

  Download 2009 test report of Elvex FS-20ARC10 ARC shields, Visor Bracket.

Below you will find two full length videos of testing of Elvex ARC shields and cap mounted ear muffs to NFPA 70E-2012.

The test follows the procedure of ASTM F2178-02 to determine the arc rating for the lens. This test is intended to measure the burn threshold and heat attenuation factor of the lens and observe any adverse reactions of the materials or integrity of the attachment brackets.

 

 

 

An unknown ARC flash situation shown on YouTube:

Hazard Risk Assessment

The user must perform a hazard risk assessment to determine the level of exposure and need. This task can be accomplished with the proper training and software. More information is available at the following websites

  1. Arc Wear, www.arcwear.com

  2. National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org


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