Category: PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
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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...
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by , on July 7, 2016
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 arc flash protection and lists...
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by , on June 21, 2016
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 rated bug hood we know...
BurningQuestions
by , on June 13, 2016
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 of hardhat when dressing in...
safety glasses
by , on June 8, 2016
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 cataracts. Scientists and doctors have...
ArcBelt.com
by , on June 3, 2016
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 work permits since the standard...
arc flash rating
by , on April 27, 2016
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 a company that manufactures PPE....
BurningQuestions
by , on April 19, 2016
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 found where it states that...
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by , on March 1, 2016
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 notes clearly state that those...
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by , on February 2, 2016
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 committee has been opposed to...

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