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NEW Online & DVD NFPA 70E Training with a Twist
Arc Test Dates
NFPA 70E TIA Reportedly Fails in Narrow Committee Vote
Florida Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board Approves
IEEE-ESW Keynote Flies Safety Home
Articles Accidents & Videos
CSA Proposes Maintenance Standard for Canada
Fines by OSHA & OHSA on Electrical Hazards
Electrical Safety Program Book Updated

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February 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 15,000 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

NFPA 70E Training with a TWIST Offers Online & DVD NFPA 70E experts online to answer your questions
Want to do refresher training online or train a worker at a small location?

e-Hazard’s Best Training Now Online or DVD too!
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.
–  Just like our on-site 8 hour class.
–  No cut-down version this is our full training.
–  Live 1 hours Q&A session with a specialist.
The DVD version e-Hazard NFPA 70E Training includes:
–  Five e-Hazard workbooks
–  Five NFPA 70E Standards
–  A DVD you can use time and time again.
–  Live 1 hours Q&A session with a specialist.
–  Add live sessions and seats to your class for a $100.
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).
We still recommend our live training but now you have an option.
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.

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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.

NFPA 70E TIA Narrowly Fails in Committee Vote

NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® proposal for a TIA (Tentative Interim Amendment) failed in a close committee vote according to numerous committee members.

This TIA would have removed the exemption for 240V and below circuits from arc flash analysis.  The committee is considering different language for the 2012 standard which would make the exemption narrower while still affording ease of analysis for lighting circuits, for instance while not making a blanket exemption for 208 circuits with 3-phase arc flash potential.

Proposed TIA No. 981 – Comment Closing Date: 2/1/2010

Florida Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board approves e-Hazard.
Though not the first time we have been approved for continuing education credit.  We proudly announce another state approval.  Our online course is now under going several state approvals.  Without state approval the courses still meet OSHA requirements but we seek license approval so workers can learn about safety and help maintain licensure at the same time.

The Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board reviewed and considered your course applications at a duly-noticed public meeting held in January 2010. The Board voted to grant approval for the following continuing education course applications.

COURSE TITLE:   Electrical Workplace Safety-NFPA 70E
COURSE NO.:      0008199
LENGTH:            8 Hours (S)
EFFECTIVE:        January 22, 2010

Please note that both your providership and all courses will expire May 31, 2011.

ESW Keynote Flies Safety Home
The Monday IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop keynote speaker was impressive.  A fighter pilot, he spoke to the culture’s effect on safety.  He cited an article I found very interesting.  The article is based on a book by the same name.  Try out the article and see if you might not want the book.

By Major Tony Kern United States Air Force

Articles, Accidents & Video on Arc Flash

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


Common PPE Mistakes in Electric Arc Flash Training Programs, by Hugh Hoagland, Ezine Articles, January 2010.

Click here to see the latest articles including:

Every Statistic Has a Name by Jim Phillips.

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.

CSA Proposes Electrical Safety Maintenance Standard for Canada

The CSA Z462 committee announced that CSA (Canadian Standards Association has approved the formation of a new standards committee, CSA-Z463, Guideline on Maintenance of Electrical Systems.

Currently CSA Z462 and NFPA 70E recommend using manufacturer’s guides, NFPA 70B or NETA MTS-2007 for electrical maintenance.

Some maintenance is mission critical for arc flash mitigation and arc flash prevention.  We welcome a strategy to maintain reliability and safety in one standard.

Should you have any questions, contact the committee acting chair, Kerry Heid by email at

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.

Electrical Safety Program Book Updated

by Ray & Jane Jones

New for 2009 NFPA 70E, The Joneses have updated the ESPElectrical Safety Program Book Arc Flash Training book and they always invite us to keep up with them.  These two think through a safety program and push the envelope with new ideas and documentable help for a beginner or the most experienced.  We always have one on the shelf when we help folks build a program.
The Second Edition will be available from Jones & Bartlett Publishers in May 2010 but you can pre-order from them today.

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
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