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Arc Rated Rubber Gloves and Protector Gloves Coming Soon Via ASTM and IEC

ASTM F18 voted by 92% to allow testing of ASTM D120 and ASTM F696 gloves for arc ratings.  Many had been tested, but few manufacturers would label the gloves because the committee had included a statement in the scope to exclude D120 and F696 gloves from arc testing.  While the statement was intended to prevent […]

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NFPA 70E-2018 Conformity Assessment–What Does it Mean?

NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace made a change in 2018 that directly affects PPE and how conformity may be determined. The mandatory requirement is a little different from the previous versions in the following ways: The standard now requires that the level of conformity be issued by the manufacturer; it can be level […]

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IEC 61482-1-1 Update: What is “ELIM” in Arc Testing?

In May of 2019, a new version of IEC 61482-1-1 (2.0) is expected be published. It will include a new, more conservative, type of arc rating for materials called the Incident Energy Limit Value (ELIM). Arc Ratings are calculated using at least 20 data points and a logistic regression to determine the incident energy level […]

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Flame Resistant, Flame Retardants, Rated Materials and Garments: What’s the Difference?

In terms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), what is the difference between Flame Resistance, Flame Retardants and “Rated” materials and garments? These are words commonly seen in the industrial AR and FR market–so what do they mean, and what hazard can you expect “flame resistant” clothing to protect from? Defining the Terms Flame Resistance– “The property […]

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ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 on Secondary FR Clothing Published

ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing has been published. The document is a self-declaration standard for secondary, disposable apparel intended to be worn over compliant flame resistant primary clothing. Clothing appropriate for this standard may be used in industrial settings and the methods are intended […]

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ASTM F1506-18 Published

ASTM F1506-18 Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs has been published with substantial changes to small-scale testing as summarized below: Testing for dimensional change and colorfastness may be performed and documented per the garment manufacturer instructions. If testing at a […]

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NFPA 2112 Open for Public Comment

NFPA 2112 is open for public comment for the 2023 revision cycle of the standard. The window for public comments will close on June 30, 2020.  If there is a change you’d like to see considered for the next edition, you can create a free account at www.nfpa.org, and view NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing […]

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Trade Shows for Arc Rated PPE Manufacturers

If you are making industrial flame resistant and arc rated PPE products, the wide range of trades shows for safety professionals can be overwhelming. Which trade shows will give the most bang for your buck and provide access to the safety and technical resources needed to pitch your innovations? Many fabric and garment manufacturers attend […]

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The Role of an Expert Witness in Flame-Resistant Product Liability Cases

Why do I need an expert witness for a flame-resistant product liability lawsuit? This is a question that either plaintiffs or defendants might ask. This article is intended to provide some guidelines to assist in an answer to this question. An expert witness provides insight into technical aspects of the case and may be retained […]

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ASTM F1506-17b Published and Seam Slippage Goes Away

Just a few short months after ASTM F1506-17a was published, -17b has been released- with notable edits to the test methods required for testing: ASTM D434 Standard Test Method for Resistance to Slippage of Yarns in Woven Fabrics Using a Standard Seam has been removed from testing requirements. The thread melt standard has been update to […]

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