The majority of employees will also have to self-educate and take responsibility for their own safety against such hazards. A recent study commissioned by ProGARM amongst 200 UK industry professionals, from across a range of industries, revealed that 50% consider the responsibility to fall with the employee to self-educate themselves about Arc Flash, including how to correctly wear protective clothing. While 25% of employers believe it is the sole responsibility of the individual employee, rather than the employer, to protect themselves against Arc Flash.Tony Arnett, Managing Director, at ProGARM said: “The study highlights just how much responsibility is placed on individuals to ensure their safety in the workplace. A major factor in this and something that quite often gets over looked is not only the importance of protective clothing but that the protective clothing is worn correctly. “We frequently see PPE clothing being worn incorrectly because an item is too bulky or rigid - it’s all too easy to roll sleeves up or undo a jacket, which seriously compromises the safety of an individual against Arc Flash. To overcome these issues it’s important that comfort is at the forefront on any Arc Flash protection innovation, to ensure the garment’s protection level isn’t compromised through incorrect use, offering the wearer the ultimate level of protection without obstructing day to day tasks.” ProGARM strive to put wearer comfort first in its innovative approach towards Arc Flash and flame resistant protection, ensuring its products don’t compromise an individual’s ability to carry out their job by carefully considering comfort factors such as soft fabric, breathability and ThermSAFE durable fastenings. For more information on how you can protect your workforce and receive a free Arc PPE consultation, please visit http://www.progarm.com/.
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