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Flame Resistance Standards

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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ASTM F887-18 Published

The newest version of ASTM F887-18 for Fall Protection was recently published and is now available for purchase. A few updates were made relevant to Section 22 on Electric Arc Performance: Harness designs with both frontal and dorsal attachments now require 12 drops (previously 8), which means additional arc exposures will be required on these […]

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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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ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 on Secondary FR Clothing Published

ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing has been published. The document is a self-declaration standard for secondary, disposable apparel intended to be worn over compliant flame resistant primary clothing. Clothing appropriate for this standard may be used in industrial settings and the methods are intended […]

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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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NFPA 2112 Open for Public Comment

NFPA 2112 is open for public comment for the 2023 revision cycle of the standard. The window for public comments will close on June 30, 2020.  If there is a change you’d like to see considered for the next edition, you can create a free account at www.nfpa.org, and view NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing […]

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