The newest version of ASTM F887-18 for Fall Protection was recently published and is now available for purchase.
A few updates were made relevant to Section 22 on Electric Arc Performance:
- Harness designs with both frontal and dorsal attachments now require 12 drops (previously 8), which means additional arc exposures will be required on these designs
- If the harness design contains only dorsal attachments, there is no change–eight drops and arc exposures are still required.
- Other minor changes occurred regarding use of the term “accessories” and the use of panels (ASTM F1959 set-up) in addition to mannequins for evaluations of accessories or lanyards
- The requirement for a maximum of two samples per mannequin on harness accessories was removed, but still exists for lanyards. While this sample maximum was formally removed from the standard for harness accessories, we will continue every effort to make testing cost-effective for customers while also ensuring adequate exposure of complex products in testing.
ArcWear performs arc flash testing to ASTM F887 and can arrange for drop testing on an as-needed basis. Our next testing week begins the week of February 11th. If you need testing or have questions about the update, contact Stacy.