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e-Hazard enjoyed participating in the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop 2014 in San Diego, CA. Take a moment to look through our photo gallery from the event. Thanks to Anthony Capkun of  Electrical Business Magazine for sharing his photos with us. More highlights... 

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 The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee is requesting original, previously unpublished technical paper proposals for oral or poster presentation at the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop to be held January 26-30, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop provides a forum for changing and advancing the electrical safety culture to enable sustainable improvement in eliminating electrical incidents, injuries and fatalities. The Workshop focus to Change the Electrical Safety Culture targets two areas:  1) advancing the application of state of the art knowledge and practices, and 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of safe work practices, technology and managing systems.



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Burning Question

Q. As we know, arc rated gloves do not use HRC class codes, right? That's reserved for garments, so we shouldn't put HRC on gloves, right? I lost track of how official the glove standard is. Is it all done and official or not official yet?

A. The new glove standard, ASTM F2675 - 13, is official, but there is no official statement on gloves receiving or not receiving HRC levels (The term HRC will be gone in 2015 replaced with PPE level). They are mentioned in the HRC Tables but it is not clear on whether they should be labeled (the ASTM standard is only a test method and has no labeling requirements).  Since the tables include HRC 3 and 4, those are certainly appropriate to label.  The HRC's have minimum cal/cm2 associated with them so the others should be fair game to label.  The thing that would be unclear is how much protection should the hands have.  The calculations are completed at 18 inch working distance or more normally.  If the hands are closer, one should likely use greater protection on the hands but this has not been determined by NFPA 70E.  Some hand protection is better than nothing and most of the arc rated gloves on the market are better than a generic glove.  We recently saw a worker who was in ICU 5 days after an event from the arc flash ignition of a cotton/leather work glove operating a 480V device that failed. 

We have announced the official standard a few times.  It will likely be in version 2018 of NFPA 70E.  All the leather protectors we have tested work well in arc but will not pass the vertical flame test.  ASTM F18 has begun a new non-leather protector.  It will be interesting to see what that committee comes up with.


Hugh Hoagland 


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A paper written by Zarheer Jooma and Hugh Hoagland is featured in the March/April issue of HSME Magazine. The paper, Bridging the Protection Abyss: Arc Rated Gloves and The New ASTM Test Method, discusses a new glove protection standard and include advances by international standards committees.
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photo-happy-worker In the February issue of Incident Prevention Magazine is an article by Hugh Hoagland and Mikhail Golovkov of ArcWear. The article,  Addressing Comfort and Contamination in Arc-Rated Clothing addresses the selection and care of arc-rated personal protective equipment promoting safety in the workplace.
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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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