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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

Protector gloves have two primary purposes: Mechanical protection for the rubber insulating glove worn underneath. Arc flash protection of the rubber and hands. Historically, ASTM F696 Standard Specification for Leather Protectors for Rubber Insulating Gloves and Mittens has been used for protector gloves.  OSHA requires “protector gloves” be worn for

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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

AGO in Canada developed an FR non-melting insect/bug mesh hood that keeps ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects from a worker’s face and neck. This is not arc rated since the rating would be VERY low but it would NOT increase worker injury in an arc event. Since there is no arc

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Q: Is a vented hard hat acceptable for operators when they operate a circuit breaker or disconnect?   A: NFPA’s 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® views the hardhat, Class G & E specifically, as shock protection. The NFPA 70E Standard assumes a person will be wearing that type

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PPE Personal Protective Equipment

What’s to Blame for Cataracts? Cataracts can form on the lens of the eye after the eye has sustained an injury; or as a result of other medical issues, like diabetes; or just simply due to aging. It is known that exposure to UV light or radiation can cause secondary

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Question: Can an electrical worker wear a normal belt buckle? Are there arc rated or dielectric belts? Answer: NFPA 70E prohibits wearing certain metal objects into the restricted boundary in 130.6(D), but belts and belt buckles aren’t specifically prohibited. We recommend limiting any metal on the body if clothing and

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NFPAPPE Personal Protective Equipment

Recently our office received a call from a client asking if arc-rated shirts are supposed to be tucked into the pants. In our low voltage class, we specifically teach electricians, engineers, and safety directors to do just that. The client wanted to clarify some misinformation he had just heard from

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Question: I have been reading up on Arc Rated Face Shields per the 1910.269 standard. I know you need to wear an Arc Rated face shield if you are exposed to 9 cal/cm2 or higher single phase-to-ground exposure on the utility side per the new OSHA standard.  I have also

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NESCPPE Personal Protective Equipment

The questioner wanted guidance from OSHA about whether or not OSHA would allow the employer to use Table 410-1 of the 2012 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) to make PPE and equipment selections. OSHA found that many of the values listed in Table 410-1 are acceptable for compliance because the

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PPE Personal Protective EquipmentStandard News (ASTM)

As of this date, ANSI has approved an update to the ISEA 107 standard, which will be titled ANSI/ISEA 107-2015, American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories. The new language makes it harder to claim “FR” for melting materials (some manufacturers still do this for melting polyester). The

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OSHA Fines for Electrical SafetyOSHA IssuesPPE Personal Protective Equipment

Companies that have 72.6 kV and higher voltages on site need to know that OSHA is now extending those enforcement dates for an additional period of time, as follows: Until January 31, 2017, for voltages of 169.1 kilovolts and more: (i) no citations will be issued under 29 CFR 1910.269(l)(3)(ii) or 29

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