by , on December 16, 2010
In This Issue
IEEE/IAS 2011 Electrical Safety Workshop
Arc Flash Tour part of ESW 2011 in Toronto
Survey: Results for Hazard Risk Categories
Survey: What HRC’s do you use in house?
State Funding for Worker Training Site from
New ASTM Approved Standards
NFPA 70E-2012 Webinar
OSHA Fines this Month
IDT Arc Flash Conference in South Africa
7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Now On Sale
NEW Electrical Safety Articles & Video
Arc Test Dates
e-Hazard Classes

Low Voltage


Denver, CO


Fargo, ND

Cincinnati, OH

Nashville, TN


Louisville, KY

NESC 2007

Train The Trainer Louisville, KY

3/14/2010 – 3/17/2010

Sponsor Ad
Click the image below to visit our featured sponsor
and see their FREE YouTube Videos.
Amplitude FR
Featured Product


Carhartt Electrician's Belt

Featured Product
Walls FR

NSA Fleece Ad
Our Sponsors


NSA Fleece Ad
Hugh Hoagland Speaking Engagements

Hugh Hoagland Speaking:

IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop
Toronto, ON Canada
Jan 25-28

Walls FR
Featured Product

Dickie's Electrician's Belt

NSA Fleece Ad
Quick Links

Newsletter Archive
December 2010

Dear ArcLetter Member,

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

IEEE/IAS-2011 Electrical Safety Workshop
IEEE IAS 2011 Electrical Safety Workshop
IEEE ESW 2010Sheraton Centre
Toronto, Ontario
January 24-28, 2011

Most of you are familiar with the Electrical Safety Workshop sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Industry Application Society (IAS). This is by far the best event for electrical safety I attend all year.

We will have an Arc Flash Lab Visit one day this year with special exhibitions. You don’t want to miss this year’s event. The arc flash test lab visit is sponsored by ArcWear, e-Hazard, Kinectrics, Salisbury by Honeywell, Nasco Industries, Tyndale FR, Stanco, Workrite, DuPont, MWG Apparel.

Click here, to sign up for the Kinectrics Arc Flash Lab Tour on Tuesday Jan 24, 2011.

The next workshop will be held January 24-28, 2011 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, in Downtown Toronto, Ontario. The exhibits program will be held on Wednesday, January 26, from 3-6pm.

Visit for more information.

Don’t forget about these upcoming December 30th deadlines:

  • Reserve your room at the conference hotel by December 30th to ensure availability and the $159 room rate.
  • Register for the Workshop by December 30th and save $60! Exhibitors can save $100!
  • Order your Electrical Safety Workshop shirt by December 30th. These shirts will not be available for purchase after this date.
  • Leading edge keynote presentations:  Dr  Joel Fish, Chief Medical Officer at St John’s Rehab Hospital; and  Darryl Hill, Vice President Safety & Health ABB and President American Society of Safety Engineers More than  25 leading edge presentations from recognized industry experts on occupational electrical safety
  • More than 60 exhibitors featuring the latest in products and services vital to improving electrical safety.
  • Two optional Advanced Level Tutorials after the Workshop: 1) Use of Systems Safety Techniques to Perform Hazard Analysis on Electrical Systems & Electrical Safety Programs; and 2) How to Create an Effective Electrical Maintenance Program.

Technical tours you won’t want to miss: S & C Electric, and Kinetrics High Current Testing Laboratory.  Space is limited. Full details at

If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor, please contact the Exhibits Chair, Scott Seaver (Tel: 508-473-1197;   Exhibit space is limited, so register early to reserve your space.

If you are interested in participating in our corporate sponsorship program,, contact the Sponsorships Chair, Paul Sullivan  (Tel: (803) 424-8373;

2011 ESW Technical Tours at Kinectrics Arc Flash, High Current Lab

Register for an exclusive FREE tour of the Kinectrics High Current Tech Lab in Toronto, ON taking place on January 25, 2011. This is the day before the Electrical Safety Workshop of IEEE and hotel transportation will be provided by the meeting sponsors.  Special arc flash testing will occur live during the two sessions.  See an arc flash first hand from a safe distance.

Click here, for more information contact

Mike Doherty at
or Hugh Hoagland at

Survey Results for Hazard Risk Categories

Hazard Risk

Thank to everyone who responded to last month’s Hazard Risk Category Survey. With a total of 118 respondents, it was interesting to see the results.

HRC 2 was the most widely picked category showing forty-five respondents. Closely following was HRC 4 with twenty-nine respondents. HRC 0 had thirteen respondents, HRC 1 had twelve and finally HRC 3 shows nine. Eight of you chose “all of the above” and only two picked “none of the above”.

The stand by of HRC 0 for Operators

HRC 2 for Electrically Qualified Workers

HRC 3 or 4 for Flash Suits seems to be holding.

We will split the survey a little soon to see how many use coveralls over HRC 0 vs. using HRC 2 all day long.  Another survey will see what your favorite fabrics are.

New Arc Flash Analysis Survey

Has your location conducted an
Arc Flash Analysis?

Take the survey now, results will be published in next month’s newsletter.

State Funding for Electrical Safety Training

Did you know that almost every state has a reimbursement/grant program that your facility can be utilizing for safety training?

e-Hazard has started a new website page to assist you in finding this training money.  You do not have to use e-Hazard to use the money and the money can be used for many types of training.  We had just had several ask and Jennifer wanted to put up a page to help.

In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to reform federal job training programs and create a new, comprehensive workforce investment system. The reformed system is intended to be customer-focused, to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services, and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers.

e-Hazard has put together a list of state programs designed to help employer’s cut the cost of training for their workers.

On under the “Free Training” tab you will find the State Funding for Electrical Training page, check it out to see how you can benefit from these programs.

New Approved ASTM Standards

A new copy of ASTM F1506-10a standard is available.  The main change is the title to include “flame resistant” AND arc flash.  There are some materials which claim flame resistance but have negative effects in arc flash.  ASTM F1506 and ASTM F1891 eliminate these types of materials by requiring a design arc test.

F1506 – Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant Textile Materials for Wearing Apparel for Use by Electrical Workers Exposed to Momentary Electric Arc and Related Thermal Hazards has been revised to F1506-10a.

F887-10 is also updated and available.  The arc test method and test requirement remains the same. Some updates and clarifications of language in the specification.

F887 – Standard Specifications for Personal Climbing Equipment has been revised to F887-10

NFPA 70E-2012 ROC Webinar is sponsoring a webinar on December 15, 2010 at 10 AM EDT to discuss the proposed changes based on the ROC meeting with Occupational Health and Safety Magazine.

This Webinar will be with members of the NFPA 70E committee and taskforces.  The vote is not final, but the class will explain the upcoming changes likely to happen.  It will also provide companies a glimpse of expected changes and how to comply before the publication of the 2012 standard.

Opinions expressed in this webinar will not be the opinions of the NFPA committee. However, the members will try to get a feel of the committee by representing different points of view on the key proposals affecting companies.

Participating will be:

Visit the Webinar. Click the UPCOMING tab to see and sign up for the NFPA 70E-2012 Preview Changes Webinar.

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

Fuse used
Click here to see the citations and our commentary.

IDT Arc Flash Conference in South Africa

The attendance of our South African Conference with IDT on arc flash was well attended.  With a total of 67 total attendees, including representatives from Eskom, Sasoil, ArcelorMittal and many others.  The conference included our NFPA 70E training and arc flash basics.  Several companies offered some insight into the SA market for arc flash clothing which is being met internally by several quality manufacturers.  Testing is catching up with the development.  The most impactful information is a goal from the South African Bureau of Statistics to start tracking electrical fatalities by the events.  Current statistics are done by location rather than type of injury.  South Africa’s SANS 724 allows the IEC or ASTM route for compliance and recommends using NFPA 70E.

A real step forward as other countries consider standards approaches.  This approach leaves the country open for EU centric PPE solutions or US centric PPE solutions.

IDT Arc Flash Conference Midrand, South Africa

ISSA Guideline Meeting in Berlin

The last official meeting of “ISSA Guideline for the selection of personal protective clothing when exposed to the thermal effects of an electric arc” guide has ended with a near completion of the 2011 slated publishing of the document.  This will explain the IEC, ASTM and other related standards and world research on PPE for arc flash exposures.  ISSA (International Social Security Association) is an assocoation of international worker’s compensation insurance organizations and companies with the goal of protecting workers worldwide.  Hugh has been a member of this committee since the first draft in 2002.  This Guideline and others are free from ISSA and designed to promote the use of consensus standards for worker protection.

ISSA Electric Arc Guidelines 2011

Representatives include Czech, German, UK & Canadian electric utilities, test labs, fabric manufacturers and universities.  Meeting are all volunteer and the guidelines are online for international download at

The 2011 Guideline will be available before then end of the year and includes mention of IEEE 1584, IEC 61482-1-1
and 1-2, many ASTM International Standards, CAN/UL S801, IEEE-NESC and NFPA 70E.  There is still no work practice standard in Europe.

7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Now Available

Many have heard Drake Drobnick, Al Havens or Hugh Hoagland give the 7 Electrical Safety Habits Presentation.  Now you can have this 45 min training on DVD for your safety meeting.

Get across the 7 Electrical Safety Habits that save electrical workers lives time after time.

7 Electrical Safety Habits

Purchase the DVD from and receive our handouts and test for free to document the training.

Visit the e-Hazard online store for many other DVD’s and resources for electrical safety training.

7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Online Purchase Electrical Safety Training Store

New Electrical Safety Articles & Video

We scour the web for the BEST articles.
Here are some articles published recently on arc flash and electrical safety.

Click here to see the latest articles on arc flash and safety.

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates


January 24-28
February 21-25
March 21-25
April 18-22

ASTM F1959, ASTM F2178, ASTM F887 fall protection arc testing and mannequin testing at the Kinectrics Lab in
Toronto on the dates above.
Ship materials or clothing to:
Hugh Hoagland
13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd.
Suite E
Louisville, KY
PH: 502-333-0510
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 policies:
  • $100 per material for prep/washing and cutting panels ($200 for items arriving less than 7 days before test date to cover preparation overtime)
  • $150 for international hard copy report shipping or notarization requests.

No guarantee is made of when testing will occur but we usually test the month of receipt.

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.

Leave a Reply