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by , on February 24, 2017
Q: Does winter wear or rainwear worn by an electrical worker have to be AR or just FR A: Standards including NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269 require garments not to increase burns in the event of an arc flash and both prohibit melting materials like polyester and nylon from being worn unless they are arc...
by , on February 10, 2017
Get your arc flash and shock PPE right the first time! Learn how to choose your arc-rated gear for multiple hazards, and the features that really matter. Rather than just going for the lowest price, what do you include in a spec to get exactly what you want, and how do you layer for protection...
by , on January 17, 2017
Utilizing fall protection is an important part of the job for an electrician who works in elevated work spaces. Just recently, we published a short article on a Jacksonville worker who fell from 12 feet after receiving an electrical shock. Many other stories are out there that describe the trauma of falling from heights because...
by , on January 5, 2017
Question: Your company provided training for us earlier this year, and I was hoping that you could help us with an electrical PPE question I had. The PPE requirements for a hazard risk category 1 state that an arc rated face shield is required. Under the footnotes in the HRC table, it states that the...
by , on December 15, 2016
Q: We understand that OSHA 1910.269 recommends and NFPA 70E requires Arc Rated shirts to be tucked in. We are an electric utility cooperative. If an AR (Flame Resistant, Arc Rated) t-shirt is worn that matches the hazard and the AR t-shirt is tucked in and an outer AR shirt is also worn, primarily for...
by , on November 23, 2016
Questions still arise about how safe it is to wear contact lenses when working in an area that poses an arc flash risk. Fake News Even in Safety…. A story still circulating around the workplace is about a U.S. worker who was wearing his contact lenses when he was exposed to a welding arc. According...
by , on November 18, 2016
While we do not endorse any fabric or garment, we do seek to let you know when unique products reach the market.  Here is another one. Workrite Uniform Co. has developed a new Dickies FR denim jean line using Mount Vernon FR’s flame resistant (FR) fabric. The mid-weight denim collection features a 13-ounce FR fabric...
by , on October 25, 2016
Brian’s story may be nothing new to you. But that doesn’t make his experience less harrowing or the message any less significant. His story needs to be told to as many electrical workers as we can reach. e-Hazard, in collaboration with Brian, a recent e-Hazard Train the Trainer graduate, has produced a 4-minute video recounting...
by , on October 20, 2016
Personal protective equipment has traditionally been designed and manufactured to fit most men. In the past, when women and smaller men were given PPE that did not fit properly, they either put up with the size differences or “rigged” the PPE to make it more usable. In 1999, OSHA  published a report titled, “Women in the...
by , on September 2, 2016
The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health has developed a useful database that contains information on applicable standards and regulations on various PPE. I typed “arc flash” in the search field, and this is part of the list.  Does very well.  Not a ton of guidance but excellent in what it recommends. Click on...