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May 2014

3 things you need to know about the new OSHA standard changes

  1. Electric utilities (some larger industrial
    workers) and their contractors are required to wear flame resistant clothing for arc flash
    exposures effective July 11, 2014. FR clothing is defined as non-melting, non-ignitable but
    does not have to be matched to the hazard until April 1, 2015.
  2. Arc flash clothing for these workers is now PPE and must be paid for by the employer.
  3. Arc flash hazard assessment is required for
    these companies by January 1, 2015 and PPE, matching the hazard, is required by April 1,
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Burning Question

Can someone tell me if your rubber gloves need to be replaced with
new ones if they are tested every 6 months and pass the test? I was told they are to be replaced
at 1-year intervals whether they pass or not.


As long as the gloves pass the test every 6 months, they are
acceptable for use. I have seen class 0 gloves that have lasted 6-8  years if properly protected
and used with the correct glove talc. I've also seen the "baby powder glove
approach" that won't make three tests. It's all in the usage, proper storage and
correct glove talc or glove liner.

If your folks are using baby powder, the glove will not last very long.– Lee Hale


A. Gloves are replaced when they fail a visual inspection, air test or electrical test. If there is anything that makes a worker suspect the glove is unfit for service, feel free to replace it but there is no annual replacement requirement.

Many high voltage gloves will last for 5-8 years depending on use.  Please use ASTM F496 and the manufacturer's website for guidance. – Hugh Hoagland  

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Redefining PPE classifications

Changes are coming to the way we refer to PPE classifications in NFPA 70E. The new NFPA 70E 2015 version, due in Aug/Sept 2014, eliminates the commonly used term HRC (Hazard/Risk Category), which described the level of PPE needed for specific tasks in the PPE tables. Instead, the new NFPA 70E will use the term "arc rated PPE category," or simply "PPE level". It should be noted that HRC has never been required on clothing. ASTM F1506 and other arc flash standards like ASTM F1891 (rainwear), ASTM F2178 (eye and face protection) or ASTM F2675 (gloves) do not require HRC levels — they require that the cal/cm 2 garment rating be used.

That being said the HRCs have become very common on clothing and the levels are still there but will be called PPE categories or PPE levels. The categories remain essentially the same; for example, the current HRC 3, encompassing the range of 25 to 39 cal/cm 2, will still be PPE level 3, etc. (see chart).


Arc Rated Category Typical Clothing Description

(Typical number of layers is given in parentheses)
Required Minimum Arc Rating of PPE cal/cm 2
FR shirt and FR pants or coveralls, Faceshield/Hardhat
(1 layer) natural fiber underlayer allowed
FR shirt an FR pants or coverall (1 or 2 layers) Faceshield/Hardhat w/balaclava 8
FR shirt and FR pants or coverall plus FR coveralls, or two FR coveralls (2 or 3 layers) with arc flash hood 25
FR shirt and FR pants or coverall plus multilayer flash suit (3 or more layers) with arc flash hood 40

We recommend using something like ARC1, ARC2, etc. to keep something like the HRC and still be clear to the end user if you choose to use these levels on labels.

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