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NFPA 70E-2018 Conformity Assessment–What Does it Mean?

NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace made a change in 2018 that directly affects PPE and how conformity may be determined. The mandatory requirement is a little different from the previous versions in the following ways: The standard now requires that the level of conformity be issued by the manufacturer; it can be level […]

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Flame Resistant, Flame Retardants, Rated Materials and Garments: What’s the Difference?

In terms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), what is the difference between Flame Resistance, Flame Retardants and “Rated” materials and garments? These are words commonly seen in the industrial AR and FR market–so what do they mean, and what hazard can you expect “flame resistant” clothing to protect from? Defining the Terms Flame Resistance– “The property […]

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ASTM F1506-18 Published

ASTM F1506-18 Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs has been published with substantial changes to small-scale testing as summarized below: Testing for dimensional change and colorfastness may be performed and documented per the garment manufacturer instructions. If testing at a […]

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Now Available: QSSP Arc Flash Training by ISEA, ArcWear, and e-Hazard

ISEA has rolled out an Advanced Arc Flash Safety Training program as an online course, available on-demand, for qualified safety sales professionals to gain knowledge about the arc flash hazard and industry. ArcWear and e-Hazard have partnered with ISEA to create the content for this training program, which includes information around the history of the […]

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ASTM F1506-17a Published with Changes to Title, Scope, and Use

ASTM F1506-17a published with changes to title, scope, and use: New title: “Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs“ The scope now specifically excludes hand protection, which is appropriately tested to arc flash using the ASTM F2675 standard References to ASTM […]

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Free Webinar: NFPA 70E Changes Affect PPE for 2018

Register for a free webinar, hosted by Safety + Health Magazine, on Thursday, November 30th at 12:00 p.m. Central to learn about how the NFPA 70E changes affect PPE for 2018. Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear will be presenting and available for questions. ArcWear offers accredited, third-party testing to ASTM F1506, which is still cited by the […]

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ASTM F1506-17 Published

ASTM F1506-17 published with new information on garment repairs: Repairs  to critical seams must be made with inherently FR thread Patches to repair rips smaller than 0.5″² must be FR fabric, and patches to repair rips larger than 0.5″² must be AR fabric with an arc rating equal to or greater than the fabric used […]

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ASTM F2178-17b has been published!

A new version of ASTM F2178, Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating and Standard Specification for Eye or Face Protective Products has been published. Changes to the standard include more detailed information for testing laboratories on cooling and curing sensors after resurfacing. The proposed, balloted, and approved changes will not affect test results. […]

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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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