Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is an expert on electrical arc testing and electrical safety. Has helped develop arc-rated rain wear and face shields and has numerous patents related to arc flash protection. He has aided the development of legislation and standards in both the U.S. and Europe and is appointed by the U.S. National Committee as an expert on IEC - TC78. and represents ArcWear on ASTM F18 and F23 as well as ANSI 107, 203 and other standards. He sits on task forces for ASTM F1506, F1959, F2676, F2675, AR Protector Glove, Arc Flash Blanket Use Guide, IEC 61482-1-1, IEC 61482-2, IEC 61482-1-2, NFPA 70E DC Arc Flash Task Force and formerly on the CSA Z462 committee. Hugh is a highly sought-after researcher and speaker on arc flash and performs independent arc flash incident investigations for companies around the globe. Hugh is also an owner of, an electrical safety training company.

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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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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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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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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NFPA 70E 2018 PDF Now Online with NEW Conformity Requirements and Annex on PPE Conformity

Most manufacturers are self-declared on conformity assessment for arc flash PPE, but the new standard requires them to state how they are conforming in 130.7(C)(14).  It recommends use of ANSI 125 in an informational note and in Section H.4.  Note ANSI 125 requires retesting every 5 years; this is a big change which end users […]

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ASTM Issues New ASTM F2178-17 Standard for Arc Flash Face Protective Devices offers Substantial Improvements

The new standard clarifies that the fabric in fabric based hoods can be the limiting factor in an arc rating.  While ArcWear’s arc flash testing has always assumed this, other labs have wondered.  This will keep hoods from being over-rated, a concern ArcWear has always addressed. The other changes may not affect ratings but will […]

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ATPV vs. EBT: Arc Ratings Explained

ASTM Standard Definitions: ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) is the incident energy on a material that results in a 50% probability that sufficient heat transfer through the specimen is predicted to cause the onset of second-degree burn injury based on the Stoll Curve, cal/cm².   Energy Breakopen Threshold (EBT) The incident energy on a material that results […]

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