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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 Announces 2020 Symposium on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

ASTM F18 issues Call for Papers for the 2020 Symposium The ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers is planning its next Symposium for October 29, 2020. The Symposium will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL. It will immediately follow several days of standards development meetings at […]

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IEC 61482-1-1 Edition 2.0 Published

The IEC has recently published the latest version of 61482-1-1. The standard now includes a new type of arc rating – ELIM. In addition to ELIM, the update also contains a variety of other improvements. We updated you about ELIM, or the Incident Energy Limit Value, in our blog article on the topic last year. […]

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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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Trade Shows for Arc Rated PPE Manufacturers

If you are making industrial flame resistant and arc rated PPE products, the wide range of trades shows for safety professionals can be overwhelming. Which trade shows will give the most bang for your buck and provide access to the safety and technical resources needed to pitch your innovations? Many fabric and garment manufacturers attend […]

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ASTM F1506-17b Published and Seam Slippage Goes Away

Just a few short months after ASTM F1506-17a was published, -17b has been released- with notable edits to the test methods required for testing: ASTM D434 Standard Test Method for Resistance to Slippage of Yarns in Woven Fabrics Using a Standard Seam has been removed from testing requirements. The thread melt standard has been update to […]

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Trends in Personal Protective Equipment by Safety + Health Magazine

Every year, Safety + Health Magazine asks experts to provide a look into the future of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read the 2017 article to learn about the current challenges faced by customers and our industry, and what’s ahead for PPE innovation, testing, and technology. You can also view the full July Edition of Safety + […]

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Reminder: Techtextil NA Begins Tomorrow

Techtextil North America will be held June 20-22 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago. If you’d like to attend, register here. The symposium begins on Tuesday, June 20th, at 8:30 AM (see full schedule).   Expo Floor Hours: Tuesday, June 20th: 10AM- 5PM Wednesday, June 21st: 10AM- 5PM Thursday, June 22nd: 10AM-3PM   ArcWear […]

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Q&A Series: What are the Retest Requirements for Arc Flash PPE?

Q: What are the retest requirements for arc flash PPE? A: This is a question we get a lot, and we hear it from both manufacturers and end users. Read on to learn when arc testing should be repeated. MANUFACTURERS Garments In the U.S., there is currently no requirement to retest for arc ratings in ASTM […]

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ASTM F2302 Withdrawn by ASTM

ASTM F2302, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, is no longer an active standard. At the latest ASTM meeting held early this month in Norfolk, Virginia, the ASTM F23 Technical Committee on Personal Protective Equipment voted to withdraw ASTM F2302.  While the scope of the standard specifically stated that it did […]

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