One of South Africa’s leading safety wear manufacturer, Bova, has launched its range of Arc Flash Protection garments. The Bova ARC range incorporates Beier’s I-ARC fabric – an innovative solution in thermal protection fabrics that was developed in collaboration with LENZING™, a global leader in inherently Flame Resistant (FR) fibres.
The I-ARC material gives the Bova Arc range a significant advantage in both comfort and its inherent FR protection. Inherent materials maintain their FR qualities and the fabric offers strong abrasion resistance and low shrinkage.
“Electrical contractors in the power generation and distribution, and maintenance industries don’t always realise how important it is to wear the right protective garments. An arc flash is extremely dangerous and can affect people as far as 7 m away from the ignition source, which is why the garments must have the ability to self-extinguish as quickly as possible,” explains Deane Nothard from the BBF Safety Group.
“The standard for arc rated garments is that they can self-extinguish within two seconds once the exposure to a flame has been removed. The other major benefit with the Bova range specifically over other inherent FR garments is the comfort factor. In any working environment, it is important to work comfortably. The Bova ARC range, which is available in CAT2 – 13 CAL/CM² and 52 CAL/CM² respectively, offer a superior weight to protection ratio. The lighter weight of the garments across both categories add to the proven comfort provided by the fabric’s breathable properties and good moisture management, ensuring the wearer can still feel cool and dry while benefiting from the inherent FR protection.”
The LENZING blended materials contain both hydrophilic (water absorbing) and hydrophobic (water resistant) fibres to create an evaporative cooling effect. This allows wearers across different industries and arc hazard levels to benefit from the superior balance of inherent protection, durability and comfort.
When deciding on flameproof garments for arc flash protection, choose wisely – your life depends on it.
More info: +27 31 710 0400
Website: www.bova.co.za/arc to view the range.