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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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Proposed TIA to Address FR Cloth Face Coverings in NFPA 2112

ArcWear has proposed a TIA to address FR cloth face coverings in NFPA 2112. TIA, or Temporary Interim Amendment, Log No: 1513 is open for public comment until June 29. ArcWear has been working to address masks in FR Standards since the CDC cloth face covering recommendations were handed down last month. We have received […]

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ArcWear Expands its Standards Development Efforts in NFPA

ArcWear has expanded its standards development role with staff recently appointed to an additional NFPA Technical Committee (TC). Brian Shiels is now a Principal member of the TC on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment. Likewise, Stacy Klausing is now an Alternate member. Standards developed and maintained by this TC include NFPA […]

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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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ArcWear’s Role in the Development of a New ASTM Testing Method

ArcWear is at the center of the development of a new ASTM Standard Test Method that could better predict the potential for burn injuries for various materials used in garments and ensembles. The proposed standard (WK70964), which is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Subcommittee F23.80, outlines a new way to evaluate flame-resistant clothing that bridges […]

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ArcWear Expands its Scope in UL DAP

ArcWear Certificate of Participation - UL DAP

ArcWear is proud to announce a newly expanded Scope in UL’s third party Data Acceptance Program (DAP). ArcWear joined the program earlier this year with a limited scope to perform tests in ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112. As part of our continual improvement efforts, ArcWear has added several upgrades over the past few months. And […]

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Industrial Laundry Test Method Development Initiated in ASTM F23

ASTM F23 has approved a new Work Item (WK69917) to develop a Standard Test Method for Industrial Laundry of FR Clothing under the technical direction of Dr. Bill Baitinger.  The task group will hold its first meeting at F23’s February 4-5, 2020 meeting in Atlanta, GA. There is currently one standardized procedure for simulating industrial […]

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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 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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