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ASTM F1506-20 Published with New Conformity Assessment Requirements

A new edition of ASTM F1506-20 was published this month with new language around conformity assessment (Section 9) for protective clothing manufacturers and critical component manufacturers/suppliers, as defined by the new edition. Garments declared to be compliant with the standard are now required to have additional language on the product labels for the declaration and […]

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ASTM F2178-20 for Arc Rated Face Protection Published with New Arc Rating Limit

A major improvement in ASTM F2178 for end users and manufacturers has been published. The 2020 version recognizes that hoods are limited by the rating of the fabric and that 20 minimum samples tested to levels much higher than the final rating provide no value to end users or manufacturers. ArcWear and Kinectrics took the […]

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Proposed TIA to Address FR Cloth Face Coverings in NFPA 2112

ArcWear has proposed a TIA to address FR cloth face coverings in NFPA 2112. TIA, or Temporary Interim Amendment, Log No: 1513 is open for public comment until June 29. ArcWear has been working to address masks in FR Standards since the CDC cloth face covering recommendations were handed down last month. We have received […]

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ArcWear Expands its Standards Development Efforts in NFPA

ArcWear has expanded its standards development role with staff recently appointed to an additional NFPA Technical Committee (TC). Brian Shiels is now a Principal member of the TC on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment. Likewise, Stacy Klausing is now an Alternate member. Standards developed and maintained by this TC include NFPA […]

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ASTM F1506-19a Updated with New Testing Requirements for Closures and Visibility Enhancements

The most current edition of ASTM F1506 includes changes to reporting, updated references, terminology and new testing requirements related to closures and visibility enhancements. A summary of updates: New terminology and references in addition to the weight claimed by the Addition of fabric weight, actual (conditioned weight, as measured by the lab, prior to laundering) […]

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Evaluating Non-Arc-Rated Products in an Electric Arc Exposure

The recently updated ASTM F2621 now allows for the evaluation of non-Arc-Rated products in an electric arc exposure. The Standard had previously limited evaluations to only arc-rated products. This prevented users for evaluating products that were necessary for the job, but were not available with an arc-rating. Why expose non-Arc-Rated products to an electric arc? […]

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FR/AR Cloth Face Covering Guidance Proposed to ASTM: What Do I do Until Then?

Since the CDC cloth face coverings recommendations were handed down, ArcWear has been working with the ASTM F18 committee to provide guidance to manufacturers on the CDC recommended “Cloth Face Coverings” to assure they will not harm electrical workers.  For electrical workers, these should be flame resistant and arc rated to meet OSHA 1910.269 and […]

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Arc Flash Minute: Does using Lysol Spray to Disinfect Arc Rated Hoods Affect the Arc Rating?

Read our full article on sharing, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting arc rated PPE on the e-Hazard Blog NEW INFO: After our testing to check on the flammability of this product it has come to our attention from NSA’s Will Vereen who called the Lysol company, that this is not a recommended use of their spray […]

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ArcWear’s Role in the Development of a New ASTM Testing Method

ArcWear is at the center of the development of a new ASTM Standard Test Method that could better predict the potential for burn injuries for various materials used in garments and ensembles. The proposed standard (WK70964), which is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Subcommittee F23.80, outlines a new way to evaluate flame-resistant clothing that bridges […]

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ArcWear Expands its Scope in UL DAP

ArcWear Certificate of Participation - UL DAP

ArcWear is proud to announce a newly expanded Scope in UL’s third party Data Acceptance Program (DAP). ArcWear joined the program earlier this year with a limited scope to perform tests in ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112. As part of our continual improvement efforts, ArcWear has added several upgrades over the past few months. And […]

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