New Arc Rated Foul Weather Protection: How Scottish and Southern Electricity Network Engineers Benefit From GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Technology

W. L. Gore and Associates Inc. along with brand partner Bell Apparel have recently developed and field trailed a new arc rated lightweight, waterproof garment, using GORE-TEX® PYRAD® Technology.

Jackets and salopettes were worn by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) engineers, who need personal protective equipment (PPE) designed for protection from foul weather conditions. Engineers often work in remote areas, at height and in harsh conditions, including high wind, extreme temperatures and high noise levels.  They also need protection from the remote risk of electric arc incidents and so garments must be certified to IEC 61482-1-2 class 2 (7kA).

 

Garments previously worn were found to be heavy, through soaking up water and were difficult to dry out. The new garments, issued in February 2016 were worn by SSEN engineers doing pole erecting, cable laying and overhead line work, for waterproofing, breathability, durability, comfort and drying capability. Results showed they were 50% lighter, and 75% of users found them soft and flexible, while 50% said they were capable of drying out in a few hours.

 

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