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Survey: Arc Flash Analysis
Survey: Company Provided Protection
State Funding for Worker Training Site from
New ASTM Approved Standards
Public Review of Z1002 Hazard & Risk Assessment Standar
Recorded Class NFPA 70E-2012 Changes Class Online
OSHA Fines this Month
7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Now On Sale
BURN UP THE MYTH: Hinged Door Protection?
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January 2011

Dear ArcLetter Member,

The ArcWear™ Electric Arc and Safety Newsletter is NOW from too.

The newsletter provides a quick update on Arc Rated and Flame Resistant Clothing issues and news from OSHA and standards committees. The newsletter is FREE, reaches over 14,000 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

Survey Results from Arc Flash Analysis
While not statistically significant, out of the respondents who read this newsletter not all of them have done their arc flash analysis.  That probably means 80% of the US facilities haven’t done them.  Many are using NFPA 70E Tables for their assessment which is reasonable if they meet the table footnotes.  Lots of room for improvement here.
Survey results

Survey: Protection Provided
What protection does your company provide you?

Click here to take the survey.

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 training in order 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 the following ASTM standards and Work Items descriptions are available.

New Approved ASTM Standards

F1505 – Standard Specification for Insulated and Insulating Hand Tools has been revised to F1505-10

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

Public Review – Z1002, Occupational Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control

You can download the CSA Z1002 Occupational Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control Standard for public review for a few more days.
This standard is recommended by CSA Z462’s next version to be used for risk assessment of hazards in the workplace including arc flash and shock.
To review all CSA Standards up for public review visit this CSA site.

Recorded 2010 Updates Webinar Available on e-Hazard

“Getting Ready for NFPA 70E-2012” Webinar recording is now online for sale.  You can watch with a group or individually.

The class was taught by Lee Hale of NFPA 70E, Hugh Hoagland, Arc Flash Specialist and Bill Shinn, Electrical Safety Engineer.

Just follow this link and click on Recorded Classes to see our online classes.

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.

7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Back in Stock!

Many have heard Drake Drobnick, Al Havens or Hugh Hoagland give the 7 Electrical Safety Habits Presentation.  Now you can own this 45 minute training on DVD to use in your safety meetings.

This DVD brings alive 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.

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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.

Burn Up The Myth: Hinged Door Protection
Question: A trainer told us that we should always stand on the hinged side of the door when operating equipment even if it means reaching across the equipment.  Is this the best practice?
Answer: Probably not.  Our training has included, since the beginning, a slide we have called the “One-Hand Rule”.  It is an adaptation of the “Left Hand Rule” that has been taught for years.  Here is the slide we use.
e-Hazard One Hand Arc Flash Rule

I have been confronted that this is wrong by many trainers and consultants, so we decided to test the theory at Kinectrics lab last month during the IEEE-ESW Tour.  We placed a 100 Amp disconnect on the vault wall and produced a 10kA and a 20kA phase-to-phase fault inside them.  I purchased eight since I was confident they would fail.  The disconnects were rated for 10-200kA depending on fuse type but most folks don’t know this is for “bolted fault” not arc fault.  The arcing faults will almost always blow off the door especially if they go phase-to phase. Standing to the side is the most important thing. When the mannequin was standing in the position illustrated above, no t-shirts ignited and they would have been relatively unharmed in NFPA 70E compliant HRC 2 gear.  When the mannequin stood in front it was disasterous see our NFPA 70E arc flash training video. When the mannequin stands to the hinged side with the arm across the door, the arm broke off and hit the concrete wall 6 feet away and bounced back several feet away.  The biceps of the fiberglass arm can be seen at the mannequin’s feet.

Hinged Door in Arc Flash

Rule of Thumb: Stand to the side of equipment that can blow out the front. Never count on a door to protect you.  The door could be your worst enemy.

Arc Flash Training NFPA 70E
Mannequin standing to side in short sleeved shirt.  No ignition.  Long sleeved shirt would be a greater hazard.  We recommend arc-rated wear.

Note: I’m sure in some lower level arc flashes doors have protected folks (we often see this in switchgear) but when the door fails it is your worst enemy.  Stand to the side and allow the door to protect the area. In our collective experience, doors do great UNLESS they come off.  When they come off, it is almost always straight out just like the video test.

This testing was done by causing a phase-to-phase fault with a wire (difficult in real life but they do happen) and with >480V to help arc sustain.  <480V arcs are difficult to sustain in real life BUT they will sustain when they go three phase so to elminate chance in the testing we used overvoltage of about 1000V to assure the arc would last for the whole test.

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.

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