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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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ArcPro 3.0 Arc Flash Calculation Software is Now Available

The ArcPro 3.0 Arc Flash Calculation Software is Now Available! Kinectrics has just announced the newest release of their arc flash hazard analysis software, which is available for purchase worldwide. This is the only software specifically recommended by OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.269 for use with higher voltage arc flash determinations.   Kinectrics has issued […]

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Now Available: QSSP Arc Flash Training by ISEA, ArcWear, and e-Hazard

ISEA has rolled out an Advanced Arc Flash Safety Training program as an online course, available on-demand, for qualified safety sales professionals to gain knowledge about the arc flash hazard and industry. ArcWear and e-Hazard have partnered with ISEA to create the content for this training program, which includes information around the history of the […]

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ASTM F1506-17a Published with Changes to Title, Scope, and Use

ASTM F1506-17a published with changes to title, scope, and use: New title: “Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs“ The scope now specifically excludes hand protection, which is appropriately tested to arc flash using the ASTM F2675 standard References to ASTM […]

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Free Webinar: NFPA 70E Changes Affect PPE for 2018

Register for a free webinar, hosted by Safety + Health Magazine, on Thursday, November 30th at 12:00 p.m. Central to learn about how the NFPA 70E changes affect PPE for 2018. Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear will be presenting and available for questions. ArcWear offers accredited, third-party testing to ASTM F1506, which is still cited by the […]

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ASTM F1506-17 Published

ASTM F1506-17 published with new information on garment repairs: Repairs  to critical seams must be made with inherently FR thread Patches to repair rips smaller than 0.5″² must be FR fabric, and patches to repair rips larger than 0.5″² must be AR fabric with an arc rating equal to or greater than the fabric used […]

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ASTM F2178-17b has been published!

A new version of ASTM F2178, Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating and Standard Specification for Eye or Face Protective Products has been published. Changes to the standard include more detailed information for testing laboratories on cooling and curing sensors after resurfacing. The proposed, balloted, and approved changes will not affect test results. […]

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Short Sleeved AR with Rubber Insulating Sleeves: An ArcWear Study

We have completed a study of AR short sleeved shirts worn UNDER Rubber insulating sleeves for three utilities which have requested this to be published and made available to OSHA. The digest of the study is that we could not see energy getting far enough down a sleeve to burn skin from the back (even […]

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Do Bleach and Fabric Softener Really Harm FR and AR Fabrics?

ArcWear staff performed a limited study to evaluate the effects of both hydrogen and chlorine bleach and fabric softener on a common cotton-nylon fabric in a controlled laboratory setting. The study was published as a Selected Technical Paper in the ASTM International Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 10th Volume, Risk Reduction Through Research and […]

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