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.

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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SEI Becomes Subsidiary of ASTM International

For Immediate Release ArcWear is proud to announce that our FlashCert program partner, Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), has become a subsidiary of ASTM International.  ArcWear has long served on ASTM committees and serviced the PPE community, doing most of the world’s arc flash testing with the Kinectrics laboratory.  All FlashCert partners offer services with a […]

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Multi-Hazard PPE

Multi-hazard PPE is the new buzzword in the FR marketplace – referring to fibers designed to protect against multiple industrial threats like electric arc, flash fire, and molten metal. Having one garment suitable for all threats in the workplace is convenient and economical, and can help employers simplify their PPE program while meeting the requirements […]

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Modacrylic Fiber: Protex M vs. Protex C.

We frequently get questions about different fibers for arc protection.  This is to answer a common question on testing in ASTM F1959 to meet ASTM F1506 or  ASTM F1891. Protex M fiber contains approximately 2x the amount of Antimony Trioxide as compared to Protex C. It is designed to be used primarily in blends with […]

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