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June 2014

OSHA 1910.269 side-by-side

comparison for upcoming changes

 

e-Hazard has put together a side-by-side comparison table of the new OSHA standard 1910.269 (July 10, 2014) with the previous version. Changes and variations are illustrated with highlights. This valuable tool will help you stay current on the latest standards.

 

Note the disclaimer in the document.

Q&A with e-Hazard/ArcWear: Are short sleeves protective?

Burning Question

Q. I just received a list of arc rated clothing available in an industry catalog. Three of the items are short sleeved arc rated shirts. NFPA 70E categories HRC 1 and HRC 2 require LONG SLEEVED arc rated shirts. How can short sleeved shirts be HRC rated? I understand the material may be arc rated to HRC 2, but if the clothing doesn’t cover the body properly it cannot protect the body in the event of an arc flash.

A.The NFPA 70E standard does call for HRC 2 to have long sleeves but shirts are only one option.  If the fabric is HRC 2, then anything made from that fabric could be HRC 2  IF used in the proper manner.  All the manufacturers struggle with this.  The market often requires HRC labels on all clothing.  Could you wear one of these shirts in energized work? Yes, but not by itself. Some companies require an additional cut resistant, arc rated sleeve to be worn over the shirt sleeve when doing energized work meeting the requirement for long sleeves.

 

Other companies require rubber gloves and sleeves and allow the short sleeved shirt to be worn under the system.  The requirement in the standard is to protect the whole body.  The idea of the rubber gloves and sleeves being used with short sleeved shirts was addressed in the Preamble of the NEW OSHA 1910.269.  This should help clear up these types of questions.  The point is to protect the people and to have clothing that doesn’t make their life hard for a once in a lifetime event. The HRCs have become commonly used for the rating level but this makes it difficult when marketing some products. NOTE: Many companies will begin calling the HRC’s ARC’s in the near future since the term HRC has been removed in the new NFPA 70E 2015. – Hugh Hoagland  

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Arc Flash Rating of Safety Glasses
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Hugh Hoagland has been scheduled to speak at the 2014 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in San Diego on September 13 -19, 2014. Hoagland will be addressing the recent updates to OSHA 1910.269 and other electrical standards in 2014.

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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.


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