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Arc Test Dates
NFPA 70E Thinks De-energized
United Relay Patent on Arc Flash Energy Reduction
Articles Accidents & Videos
Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program now an Institute
Fines by OSHA & OHSA on Electrical Hazards
New 5.5 oz 8 cal Material is REALLY 5.5 oz.
NEW Online & DVD NFPA 70E Training with a Twist
Arc Testing White Paper with Different Electrode Configurations
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The ArcWear™ Electric Arc and Flash Fire Newsletter NOW from too.

It is a quick update on Flame Resistant Clothing issues and news from OSHA and standards committees. The newsletter is FREE, reaches over 12,000 people and will bring you up to date on the issues that surround flame resistant clothing for flash fire hazards and the electric arc. For previous newsletters or to sign up, visit or

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Ship materials or clothing to:

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Louisville, KY
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We must receive one week before the test date for sample preparation or make arrangements to ship to lab. New and non US/Canadian Customers must make payment before test date.  Testing is offered on a first come/first served basis with priority for consulting customers.  New policy: $100 per material for prep/washing and cutting panels and $150 for international report shipping. No guarantee is made of when testing will occur.

ASTM F1506 Now Allows Disposable and Limited Wear Non-Wovens in the Standard for Arc Rating

e-Hazard Welcomes New Members of Our Team
On behalf of the the staff at e-Hazard we’d like to extend our welcome to Lee Hale and William Huston. We are proud to add these two talented instructors to the e-Hazard team.

Lee Hale of Davenport, Iowa, is a principle member of the NFPA 70E committee with 32 years experience in electrical safety, engineering, and construction. He is also a member of two UL standard technical panels.
In his over 30 year career at Alcoa, Lee served as the electrical maintenance manager at their Davenport, IA aluminum rolling facility. He also authored Alcoa’s electrical arc flash engineering standard and twelve other electrical engineering standards. He is also an OSHA competent high voltage instructor for 1910.269, lockout/tag-out and electrical safety. Lee received the Arthur Vining Davis Award for Technical Excellence for his work on a 100′ mill modernization at Davenport Works. This milestone was one of fifteen such projects completed in Alcoa’s history.
Because of his expertise in electrical safety, with a focus on arc flash issues grew, Lee has been requested numerous times by the NFPA Research Foundation, John Deere, Monsanto, Cargill, International Paper, Closure Systems International, QC Associated Employers, NECA, IBEW and others.
William Huston of Indianapolis, IN is an experienced safety professional currently working for a major electric utility with duties and responsibilities in safety management, fire protection, emergency response and industrial hygiene. Dedicated to making a positive impact to an organization’s bottom line by reducing injury/illness rates and workers’ compensation costs through efficient and effective safety management. Strong background in evaluating and interpreting OSHA, MSHA, NFPA and DOT standards, assessing regulatory compliance and accident investigations. William believes in demonstrated skills in developing and implementing programs to reduce and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses, as well as training. Committed to working towards a motivated, team oriented environment to achieve a safe, productive, and profitable workplace.
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Cotton Threads: As Good as a Metal Wire to Conduct Electricity?
Consider this T-shirt: It can monitor your heart rate and breathing, analyze your sweat and even cool you off on a hot summer’s day. What about a pillow that monitors your brain waves, or a solar-powered dress that can charge your ipod or MP4 player?  This is not science fiction-this is cotton in 2010.
Now, the laboratory of Juan Hinestroza, assistant professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, has developed cotton threads that can conduct electric current as well as a metal wire can, yet remain light and comfortable enough to give a whole new meaning to multi-use garments. This technology works so well that simple knots in such specially treated thread can complete a circuit – and solar-powered dress with this technology literally woven into its fabric will be featured at the annual Cornell Design League Fashion Show on Saturday, March 13 at Cornell Univ.’s Barton Hall.
Using multidisciplinary nanotechnology developed at Cornell in collaboration with the universities at Bologna and Cagliari, Italy, Hinestroza and his colleagues developed a technique to permanently coat cotton fibers with electrically conductive nanoparticles. “We can definitively have sections of a traditional cotton fabric becoming conductive, hence a great myriad of applications can be achieved,” Hinestroza said.
“The technology developed by us and our collaborators allows cotton to remain flexible, light and comfortable while being electronically conductive,” Hinestroza said. “Previous technologies have achieved conductivity but the resulting fiber becomes rigid and heavy. Our new techniques make our yarns friendly to further processing such as weaving, sewing and knitting.”
This technology is beyond the theory stage. Hinestroza’s student, Abbey Liebman, was inspired by the technology enough to design a dress that actually uses flexible solar cells to power small electronics from a USB charger located in the waist. The charger can power a smartphone or an MP3 player.
“Instead of conventional wires, we are using our conductive cotton to transmit the electricity-so our conductive yarns become part of the dress,” Hinestroza said. “Cotton used to be called the ‘fabric of our lives’ but based on these results, we can now call it ‘The fabric of our lights.'”

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Articles, Accidents & Video on Arc Flash

Here are some articles published recently on arc flash and electrical safety.


Click hereto see the latest articles including:
Arc Flash Basics: Testing Update by Tom Neal and Mike Lang
Consciously Conspicuous by Mark Saner
and many others.

Milliken Amplitude YouTube Site.
Four New Videos This Month.  More coming
Use for Certification Training with our exclusive NFPA 70E Expert Q&A or Play a Module for a Safety Meeting or Toolbox Talk.

Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program now an Institute.
Most citations this month include electrical hazards. CETRI.ORG

Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program, has now been expanded and renamed.  Dr. Raphael Lee wrote me about the changes this week.  The NEW Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute pioneers treatment of electrical injuries. This structure is setup to facilitate growth of the program to help survivors of electrical injury.
You can email CETRI at For a more rapid response call us at 1-800-516-8709

Their new address is:

Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute
4047 West 40th Street
Chicago, IL 60632-4215

Check out some of the excellent resources on their website.
The articles are fantastic and FREE.

Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month
OSHA LogoMost citations this month include electrical hazards.

Click here to see the citations and our commentary.

NEW 5.5 oz 8 cal material Tecgen from Ashburn Hill
Many new materials in the past few months.

Ashburn Hill Tested three new ones this past month.

They say, “Unique patented TECGEN® fiber blend.  TECGEN® technology is bringing extreme comfort to the market. TECGEN® patented fiber has broken the weight barrier – 5.5 oz HRC 2 is now achievable.”  It was also certified by UL to meet NFPA 2112.

The data says:
AHC, Style TECGEN SELECT 100003, 5.25 oz/yd² 3×1 Twill, TECGEN SELECT Blend, Navy, Laund Wt 5.1 oz/yd²

NFPA 70E Training with a TWIST Offers Online & DVD NFPA 70E experts online to answer your questions
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Don’t use just any video and hope OSHA does cite you.
e-Hazard offers online OSHA Electrical Safety training.
–  Your workers do 7 modules with homework.
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–  No cut-down version this is our full training.
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The DVD version e-Hazard NFPA 70E Training includes:
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So in our online and our DVD version we do something no competitor we know of does.  We get online with your worker, go over the homework assignments, answer questions and evaluate the training knowledge.  ONLY then does e-Hazard offer a certificate of training.  Just like in our classroom version. And unlike most of our competitors, you can have an NFPA 70E member answer your questions (members do not speak for NFPA).
e-Hazard recommends our live training for all initial training but now you have an option for refresher or stop gap training.
Use our Online modules for a Tool Box Talk.
You can even use the video modules for quick safety meetings to cover parts of the training your folks have already received from us or to supplement other training (no certificate without the live session for each worker but you can show the video in a training room for a high quality Toolbox Talk).  Most of the videos are less than 20 min long.

Tom Neal and Mike Lang Paper on Arc Testing with different electrode configurations
Arc Flash Basics Testing Update

e-Hazard’s Best Training Now Online or DVD too!
Arc testing research in Australia by Dr. David Sweet, in the US by Dr. Tom Neal and in Canada at Kinectrics by continue to show that our need for knowledge and more research continues.  It also shows that arc rated clothing works and perhaps even better than we guessed.  Dr. Neal’s paper looks at what I called an ejected arc in my recent Occupational Health and Safety article and discovers that faceshields and arc rated rainwear are more protective in ejeted arc because they block the plasma better than textiles.  He also discovers that ignitable clothing is easier to ignite in plasma than in the IR we see in the ASTM F1959 test.

Get IEEE-ESW 2011 in your calendar early
The premire electrical safety event of each year.IEEE ESW 2011

e-Hazard Trainers never miss this event.

This next year will be in Toronto, Canada and include a visit of the arc flash testing lab of Kinectrics.
Toronto, ON Canada January 24-28, 2011
Don’t miss it!

Our newsletter is sponsored by many companies around the world.  If you have ideas for articles or have questions, don’t hesitate to write.

Hugh Hoagland

13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. Suite E
Louisville, KY 40223
PH: 502-314-7158 | 13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. | STE E | Louisville | KY | 40223

Hugh Hoagland
About author:
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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