Personal Protection Equipment

Who must wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)?

Appropriate PPE must be worn by all personnel performing any work or checks on live exposed conductors.


OSHA 1910.335(a)(1)(i)

Employees working in areas where there are potential electrical hazards shall be provided with, and shall use, electrical protective equipment that is appropriate for the specific parts of the body to be protected and for the work to be performed.


In addition, there are restrictions to what personal articles may be worn in the restrictive approach boundary:


NFPA 70E 2015 130.6(D) Conductive Articles Being Worn. Lists the following examples of conductive articles which may not be worn:

  • watchbands
  • bracelets
  • rings
  • key chains
  • necklaces
  • metallized aprons
  • cloth with conductive thread
  • metal headgear
  • metal frame glasses

This applies to anywhere they may come in contact with exposed energized electrical conductors or circuit parts. OSHA also makes a similar provision that must be adhered to.


Figure 1: Arc Flash Suit

Courtesy of Dean Thomas, GTRI