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Industrial Laundry Test Method Development Initiated in ASTM F23

ASTM F23 has approved a new Work Item (WK69917) to develop a Standard Test Method for Industrial Laundry of FR Clothing under the technical direction of Dr. Bill Baitinger.  The task group will hold its first meeting at F23’s February 4-5, 2020 meeting in Atlanta, GA. There is currently one standardized procedure for simulating industrial […]

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ASTM Announces 2020 Symposium on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

ASTM F18 issues Call for Papers for the 2020 Symposium The ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers is planning its next Symposium for October 29, 2020. The Symposium will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL. It will immediately follow several days of standards development meetings at […]

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IEC 61482-1-1 Edition 2.0 Published

The IEC has recently published the latest version of 61482-1-1. The standard now includes a new type of arc rating – ELIM. In addition to ELIM, the update also contains a variety of other improvements. We updated you about ELIM, or the Incident Energy Limit Value, in our blog article on the topic last year. […]

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Revised Standard Allows Arc Flash Evaluation of Many New Products

ASTM F2621 has been revised with a title change and broadened scope to evaluate non-arc rated products. ASTM Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers has recently revised its standard F2621/F2621M, Standard Practice for Determining Response Characteristics and Design Integrity of Arc Rated Finished Products and Evaluating other Products in an Electric Arc Exposure. […]

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Milliken to Acquire Polartec

Textile powerhouse, Milliken & Company, announces plans to purchase Polartec brand from Versa Capital Management Spartanburg, SC based Milliken announced this week that it has agreed to terms with Versa Capital Management to purchase Andover, MA based Polartec, LLC. While details of the transaction have not been released, it is set to close later this […]

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ASTM F2302 Reinstated by ASTM

ASTM F2302 has been reinstated as, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing Which Provides Resistance to Incidental Exposures to Heat or Open Flame. The previous edition of ASTM F2302, which was titled Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, had been administratively withdrawn in February 2017 by ASTM because […]

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Specifying Arc Rated and FR Gloves

What’s new with Arc Rated and Flame Resistant Gloves and what should you consider when specifying them into your PPE Program? The need is increasing for gloves that protect from multiple hazards like cut, puncture and abrasion listed in ANSI 105 in addition to arc ratings and flame resistance. Read ArcWear’s Incident Prevention article to […]

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Back to the Basics: What is a PPE Category (previously known as Hazard Risk Category or HRC)?

Q: Our customer is specifying “HRC 2”. What does this mean? A: Hazard Risk Categories (HRC) was a term coined by NFPA 70E-2000 to “group” levels of PPE with a goal of simplifying PPE programs for end users. The 2018 edition of NFPA 70E replaced the term “HRC” with “PPE Categories” since the risk assessment […]

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ASTM F1891-19 Published

The latest revision of the standard has updated the test method for waterproofness of seams to AATCC 127 Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure Test. This change has been made to align with the requirements of ASTM F2733, the Standard Specification for Flame Resistant Flame-Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards. The requirements of testing seams from […]

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ASTM F2675-19 Published

ASTM F2675 has been revised and published as a 2019 edition with significant updates. All references to ASTM D120 for rubber insulating gloves and ASTM F696 for leather protectors have been removed. This change allows rubber gloves and leather protectors to be rated independently of those product conformance standards. Arc ratings were previously limited in […]

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