Environmental, Health and Safety Services

What is an ATPV rating?

An Arc Thermal Protective Value (ATPV) refers to the maximum incident energy (in calories per centimeter squared) that protective equipment can be exposed to and prevent to onset of a second-degree burn.  Ratings are based upon the total weight of the fabric.  Appropriate clothing ranges from untreated cotton, wool, rayon, or silk materials with a fabric weight of at least 4.5 ounces per square yard to flame retardant (treated) clothing worn in layers.

For specific guidelines, contact EHS at 231-2341.