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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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ASTM F1506-19a Updated with New Testing Requirements for Closures and Visibility Enhancements

The most current edition of ASTM F1506 includes changes to reporting, updated references, terminology and new testing requirements related to closures and visibility enhancements. A summary of updates: New terminology and references in addition to the weight claimed by the Addition of fabric weight, actual (conditioned weight, as measured by the lab, prior to laundering) […]

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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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Specifying Arc Rated and FR Gloves

What’s new with Arc Rated and Flame Resistant Gloves and what should you consider when specifying them into your PPE Program? The need is increasing for gloves that protect from multiple hazards like cut, puncture and abrasion listed in ANSI 105 in addition to arc ratings and flame resistance. Read ArcWear’s Incident Prevention article to […]

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Back to the Basics: What is a PPE Category (previously known as Hazard Risk Category or HRC)?

Q: Our customer is specifying “HRC 2”. What does this mean? A: Hazard Risk Categories (HRC) was a term coined by NFPA 70E-2000 to “group” levels of PPE with a goal of simplifying PPE programs for end users. The 2018 edition of NFPA 70E replaced the term “HRC” with “PPE Categories” since the risk assessment […]

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ASTM F2675-19 Published

ASTM F2675 has been revised and published as a 2019 edition with significant updates. All references to ASTM D120 for rubber insulating gloves and ASTM F696 for leather protectors have been removed. This change allows rubber gloves and leather protectors to be rated independently of those product conformance standards. Arc ratings were previously limited in […]

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IEC 61482-1-1 Update: What is “ELIM” in Arc Testing?

In May of 2019, a new version of IEC 61482-1-1 (2.0) is expected be published. It will include a new, more conservative, type of arc rating for materials called the Incident Energy Limit Value (ELIM). Arc Ratings are calculated using at least 20 data points and a logistic regression to determine the incident energy level […]

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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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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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