Electrical Hazard Boots: A Deep Dive on the Technology that Keeps Solar Installers Safe
Alex "Solar Girl" Steele
Working with photovoltaics is not without its occupational risks. Carrying heavy equipment up and down ladders onto the rooftops of buildings and securing personal fall arrest systems are challenging enough, but solar installers and electricians have other safety considerations to take into account as well. The risk of electrocution is present whenever a solar energy system is under load, whether that energy is coming from the utility company or the sun itself. However, potential hazards can be mitigated by following industry safety protocol!
Photovoltaic technicians must always stay alert on the job site, double checking each component of the system before rendering any work on it to ensure that it is not live before touching it. In addition to verifying safety conditions before touching anything and ensuring that all members of the team are handling tools and equipment properly, a good foreman will also confirm that anyone ascending the roof or handling electrical equipment is outfitted with the right safety gear. Personal protective equipment starts from the ground up - and that means choosing work boots that will keep people safe from the risk of electric shock. Our team relies on Chippewa boots to provide unmatched electrical hazard protection!
Work boots rated for electrical hazards ASTM 2413 (EH) are manufactured to withstand 1,000 18,000 v at 60 Hz for up to one minute with no current flow or leakage in excess of 1.0mA under dry conditions. This conforms with the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard 2413, which revolves around safe footwear for occupational conditions. ASTM 2413 (SD) states that footwear for working with electrical equipment should be built with “conductive properties which reduce hazards that may result from static electricity buildup, and reduce the possibility of ignition of explosives and volatile chemicals; electric shock resistance; static dissipative (SD) properties to reduce hazards due to excessively low footwear resistance that may exist where SD footwear is required”.
When working with sophisticated electrical equipment, the right protective gear for the job is crucial. Chippewa boots provide safety and comfort, so our technicians can feel comfortable on any work site, and confident no matter what workplace conditions they encounter. Chippewa boots are rated to withstand electrical hazards, thanks to either the high performance Vibram outsoles or durable Chippewa rubber outsoles built into every pair. Rubber is a reliable insulator because it does not allow electrical current to pass through it, making it the perfect material for occupational footwear. Given that Chippewa has been in business for over 120 years, they are experts on crafting workwear to protect and support any skilled tradesperson!
When the health and safety of your team is on the line, don’t settle for anything less than the best for occupational protection and safety. For anyone who is planning to work with electrical equipment, we recommend Chippewa work boots. Because Chippewa work boots are built to protect against potential electric hazard environments. No matter what variety of aesthetic preferences or support needs your crew requires, Chippewa has a work boot for you.