How to use arc flash PPE categories

Something that seems to be confused in the arc flash and electrical safety world is how to use arc flash PPE categories. People just seem to have it mixed up. From reverse engineering incident energy levels to not wearing face shields and gloves in times that they should be I've seen enough issues to warrant a bit of discussion on the matter.

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No Arc Flash Labels? No Problem.

I’ll start off by introducing Fred.

Fred is an electrician and runs his own business called Fred’s Electrical. Fred has a contract to work at a chemical plant during their upcoming shut-down. Fred has also just recently taken some workplace electrical safety training and knows all about the dangers of arc flash.

Fred has a problem, though.

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