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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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Evaluating Non-Arc-Rated Products in an Electric Arc Exposure

The recently updated ASTM F2621 now allows for the evaluation of non-Arc-Rated products in an electric arc exposure. The Standard had previously limited evaluations to only arc-rated products. This prevented users for evaluating products that were necessary for the job, but were not available with an arc-rating. Why expose non-Arc-Rated products to an electric arc? […]

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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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ASTM Announces 2021 Symposium on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

ASTM F18 issues Call for Papers for the 2021 Symposium EDIT: The Symposium has been postponed until October of 2021. Please watch for important updates and deadlines on our blog as they become available. The ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers is planning its next Symposium for October 2021. The Symposium […]

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Revised Standard Allows Arc Flash Evaluation of Many New Products

ASTM F2621 has been revised with a title change and broadened scope to evaluate non-arc rated products. ASTM Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers has recently revised its standard F2621/F2621M, Standard Practice for Determining Response Characteristics and Design Integrity of Arc Rated Finished Products and Evaluating other Products in an Electric Arc Exposure. […]

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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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ASTM F1891-19 Published

The latest revision of the standard has updated the test method for waterproofness of seams to AATCC 127 Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure Test. This change has been made to align with the requirements of ASTM F2733, the Standard Specification for Flame Resistant Flame-Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards. The requirements of testing seams from […]

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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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