IEC 61482-2 2018 – Get Up To Speed With The New Arc Flash Standard

Published 23 Jan 2020

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IEC 61482-2:2018

Article Courtesy of ProGARM Arc Flash Protection & Clothing 

A new test standard for arc flash protection – IEC 61482-1-1:2018 – was introduced in May 2019, which means arc flash protective garments certified after May 2019 have to be tested under these new, more stringent conditions under the PPE regulation.

This is a result of the updates to the Arc Flash standard for garments, IEC 61482-2:2018, which was released in 2018.

IEC 61482-2:2018

This standard is significantly different to FR standard EN ISO 11612. It includes more rigorous and different requirements, and is the standard for garments to protect those at risk of Arc Flash. The latest update to the standard was in 2018 and contained a couple of important changes to the test methods with regards to the performance ratings of garments.

The new test results in a new way of rating arc flash clothing, ELIM (Energy Incident Limit), which will be used as a further arc rating performance property value and as a more stringent performance indicator of both fabric and garments.

♦ IEC 61482-1-1:2019 Live Working – Protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc – Part 1-1: Test methods – Method 1: Determination of the arc rating (ELIM, ATPV and/or EBT) of clothing materials and of protective clothing using an open arc.

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As a result of this ProGARM have written a short guide to the new IEC 61482-2:2018 standard to highlight the key bits of information you need to be aware of when reviewing your PPE specification and the key terminology that you need to understand.

Choosing the right PPE for your team can be difficult and with all the standards to consider it can feel quite overwhelming. This guide aims to help people make a more informed decision about what PPE is best for you.

You can download the PDF guide via this link or see the attached pdf below.

Arc Flash Clothing Protection

Arc Flash Clothing | Polo Shirts | Jackets | Coveralls | Trousers | Sweatshirts | Helmets

With the recent changes to the IEC 61482-2 standard, ProGARM outline the key changes and unpack the details to help you understand the important information that impacts you.


Learn about what this standard covers and why it’s important to have an understanding of it when working with or near live electricity.


Understand the two test methods used within this standard and how they contribute to providing calorific and class values to identify the level of protection different products provide.


ATPV, EBT50, ELIM. What’s the difference?

We explain the differences between each calorific value, how they are calculated and what to look for when specifying PPE for your team.


ProGARM are a the leading UK manufacturer of high quality Flame Resistant & Arc Flash Clothing, garments and workwear – they work successfully with their UK Distributor Thorne & Derrick to save lives and reduce accidents.

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Thorne & Derrick are proud to be distributors of ProGARM arc flash clothing and protection.

We can help – should you require arc flash calculators or advice on the type of clothing and protection available please do not hesitate to contact us.

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