The main requirement for arc safety is providing workers at risk of exposure to arc flashes with protective clothing that meets or exceeds potential heat energy risks, states Safety+Health Magazine. This is accomplished by both identifying employees at risk and estimating the incident heat energy of all possible electric-arc hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule which came into effect in 2014 and revises the standard for protective equipment, states the United States Department of Labor. It also requires employers to update their equipment to meet the new standards. The final rule requires footwear that protects against electric shock for all employees working on electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations.