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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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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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2018 Edition of NFPA 2112 Has Been Published!

What’s New in the NFPA 2112 (Industrial Flash Fire) 2018 Edition? The term “flash fire” was updated to”short-duration thermal exposure” Scope, testing, and requirement additions for gloves and shrouds/hoods/balaclavas (manikin testing is not included or required for these items) ASTM F2894 (with modification) was added as the method for heat and thermal shrinkage (oven testing). […]

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New Edition of ASTM F2733 Published!

ASTM F2733-17 has been published. The changes to this document are minimal and are mainly editorial or for clarification purposes; testing and compliance are not affected by the published changes.   Be aware of the new edition, and be sure your test reports are cited accordingly.   Need annual retesting to ASTM F2733 or have […]

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Incident Prevention Article: Secondary FR Garments

Image Courtesy of DuPont.   Disposables have come a long way in the past several years, but the industry is still lacking standards to help manufacturers and end users determine compliance.  A new standard, ANSI/ISEA 203, is underway to change that.   Read our article in the newest edition (September-October 2017) of Incident Prevention to learn more […]

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ASTM Issues New ASTM F2178-17 Standard for Arc Flash Face Protective Devices offers Substantial Improvements

The new standard clarifies that the fabric in fabric based hoods can be the limiting factor in an arc rating.  While ArcWear’s arc flash testing has always assumed this, other labs have wondered.  This will keep hoods from being over-rated, a concern ArcWear has always addressed. The other changes may not affect ratings but will […]

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