ASTM Workshop on COVID-19 Standards Announced, Seeks Proposals.

ASTM F23 and F04 seek proposals for a newly announced workshop to address COVID-19 PPE Standards. The Virtual Workshop is on “Fast Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages due to the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The workshop will be held virtually, via WebEx, on September 9th and 10th, from 11am to 4pm Eastern, […]

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Evaluating Non-Arc-Rated Products in an Electric Arc Exposure

The recently updated ASTM F2621 now allows for the evaluation of non-Arc-Rated products in an electric arc exposure. The Standard had previously limited evaluations to only arc-rated products. This prevented users for evaluating products that were necessary for the job, but were not available with an arc-rating. Why expose non-Arc-Rated products to an electric arc? […]

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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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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 2021 Symposium on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

ASTM F18 issues Call for Papers for the 2021 Symposium EDIT: The Symposium has been postponed until October of 2021. Please watch for important updates and deadlines on our blog as they become available. The ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers is planning its next Symposium for October 2021. The Symposium […]

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What Does Flame Resistant (FR) Really Mean, and How Do We Test it in Protective Clothing?

You hear requests for flame resistant (FR) clothing and gloves all the time…but what does that really mean? What is an end user with this request expecting from you? Have you ever been in a situation where it seems impossible, and even like a liability, to label a product as FR when there are no […]

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