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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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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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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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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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NFPA 70E 2018 PDF Now Online with NEW Conformity Requirements and Annex on PPE Conformity

Most manufacturers are self-declared on conformity assessment for arc flash PPE, but the new standard requires them to state how they are conforming in 130.7(C)(14).  It recommends use of ANSI 125 in an informational note and in Section H.4.  Note ANSI 125 requires retesting every 5 years; this is a big change which end users […]

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