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September 23, 2015

ArcWear at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo!

Flashcert is ArcWear’s new certifying process, made possible by a partnership with third-party testing labs BTTG Testing & Certification Ltd and Kinectrics; and SEI, a third-party certification body. Kinetrics and BTTG are, like us at ArcWear, ISO 17025 accredited third-party testing laboratories, while BTTG and SEI are ISO 17065 accredited third-party certification bodies. In other words, by being independent from the manufacturing industries, you can trust that the arc flash and flash fire expertise of the FlashCert partners is from a technical perspective and objective, not sales oriented. Our senior partners have been involved in NFPA 2112 and all the arc flash standards since the beginning.

This year the NSC will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta World Congress Center. Over 14,000 people are expected to attend, with vendors from hundreds of companies of different industries. The NSC is a nonprofit organization that began in 1913. Their mission states they “save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” This year’s Congress keynote speakers will be talking about building safer workplaces, the challenges of occupational illnesses, and the interpersonal dimension of occupational safety. Throughout the week, 164 technical sessions/workshops and professional development seminars will be offered.

Alongside the traditional booths and activities, a couple of new things will be at this year’s event: the NSC Networking Lounge and the Learning Lab Sessions. The Lounge will be on the Expo floor as a designated area to do business with colleagues, and will also be a place where attendees can recharge. The Learning Lab Sessions are a series of eight 45-minute educational sessions, also taking place on the Expo floor.

ArcWear’s own Hugh Hoagland will be presenting one of the Learning Lab Sessions on Tuesday, September 29, from 12:45-1:30 p.m. titled “Electrical Safety Today: Improving Your Program with Better PPE, Qualification and Measurement.”

All Learning Lab topics are as follows:

  1. Risk Assessment and Your Electrical Safety Program
  2. Giving Safety a Brand Identity
  3. 6 ½ Simple Tools to Prove Value, Gain Cooperation, and Save Lives
  4. Humor in Safety: From Blah, Blah, Blah to Ha, Ha, Ha
  5. Safety Contacts: Caught You Doing Something Right!
  6. Electrical Safety Today: Improving Your Program with Better PPE, Qualification and Measurement
  7. Drones for High Hazard Operations
  8. The Mistakes That (Sometimes) Get Us Hurt

Check the website for the dates and times of each Session.

Both ArcWear and our sister company, the electrical safety training company eHazard, will be joining hundreds of other U.S and international companies, unions, utilities, and safety organizations at the Expo. eHazard will be highlighting the variety of classes they offer on arc flash and electrical safety: Low Voltage Qualified, High Voltage Qualified, 1910.269 Safety & Arc Hazard Awareness, and their award-winning Train the Trainer class. Several of their instructors will be available for attendees to talk to, ask questions of, and gain insight into what a company may need to meet 2015 NFPA requirements. ArcWear managers will also be attending the Expo to answer questions about electrical arc testing, PPE specifications, textile testing, garment auditing services, and to debut FlashCert. Hugh will be at the booth Monday and Tuesday as well, talk to anyone needing assistance with either company’s services.

Make sure you stop by the e-Hazard/ArcWear booth (#2686) and say hello!

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