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In This Issue
Arc Test Dates
NESC Mobile Edition for IPhone
Burn Up the Myth: Metal Snaps
FLASH Poll: Metal Snaps
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South Africa’s SANS 724 Article Published
OSHA Fines this Month
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July 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

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates


Aug 16 – 20
Sept 20 – 24
Oct 25 – 29
Nov 21 – 26
Dec 13 – 17

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: 502-314-7158

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.

NESC Now Offers Mobile Edition
The National Electric Safety Code (NESC) is now offering in a mobile device edition*. This is the first mobile edition introduced by the IEEE Standards Association.

It works on:
Google Android
For more information about the NESC Mobile and an offer for a Free 30-day Demo NESC Mobile Edition Click Here
Requires one-time purchase of iSilo Reader Software.  Hopefully they will come out with a Kindle version which is a free reader.
Good to see more of these books going digital.  I always recommend purchase of the books digital for searchability.  Wish they could all be bought on the Kindle or iPad/iPhone.  We might give them out in that format at the classes.

Burn Up the Myth: Metal Snaps
Question: Can we use metal snaps on shirts for NFPA 70E?  Our traditional shirts have snaps and we are wearing arc rated t-shirts for daily wear then putting on arc rated long sleeved shirts for energized work.
Answer: Good question! This opens up how standards work and are often misinterpreted.
NFPA 70E says 130.6 (D) “Conductive articles of jewelry and clothing (such as watchbands, bracelets, rings, key chains, necklaces, metalized aprons, cloth with conductive thread, metal headgear, or metal frame glasses) shall not be worn where they present an electrical contact hazard with exposed energized electrical conductors or circuit parts.”
ASTM F1506 which is cited by NFPA 70E for clothing requirements says the following:
“6.1.1 NOTE 4-If fasteners or closures, for example, zippers, snaps, or buttons, or a combination thereof, are used in a manner in which they are in contact with the skin, they can increase heat transfer and burn injury due to heat conduction or melting onto the skin. Fasteners or closures that are used in this manner should be covered with a layer of fabric between the fastener or closure and the skin. The fabric used for this purpose shall meet the requirements of this performance specification.” ASTM F1506-08

The issue in NFPA 70E is shock.  The issue in F1506 is arc flash. Metal can conduct electricity but small snaps have little chance of doing this (not NO chance). Companies may have whatever policies they wish and some manufacturers do not offer metal snaps.  Others cover the snaps but many offer either option.  This comes back to risk.  Very few companies regulate metal belt buckles but most regulate jewelry.
Jewelry can fall off. Conductive aprons etc. cover large areas of the body with conductive materials.  This is a matter of interpretation and our internal consensus was that snaps would not be necessarily prohibited.  We have decided to take this to a survey and report the results next month.

OSHA, NFPA nor ASTM have any official mentions of metal snaps so the choice is still one for the market.

We know of no incidents where metal snaps caused an arc or shock.  In Randy Feltholder’s accident, which was a medium voltage shock, the metal rivets in his jeans conducted the electricity better and caused deeper burns in that area. So even small amounts of metal aren’t NO risk. But metal snaps will probably not cause an arc or shock if all other PPE is worn correctly and proper safe work methods are used.
Some manufacturers cover the snaps with a plasticized dielectric covering to allow the convenience of snaps and further lessen the risk of shock.
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Flash Poll: Should Metals Snaps Be Allowed on Arc Rated Shirts?
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This takes about 20 sec and you get instant view of the current results. We will post the complete results in the next newsletter.

FREE State-Funded Workplace Training Grants
If your company is in need of training but you don’t think you can afford it, look no further.  Your state may be offering money to improve your competitiveness by investing in your workers. Don’t let the cost of training hold your company back, we have found valuable resources on state government worker incumbent programs where the state offers grants or reimbursements for training.
The following states provide some type of funding or reimbursement that will enable you to take advantage of keeping your employees safe and up-to-date on current training. This funding has limited timing and some states have very specific requirements but it is worth a look.  You might even get a check!
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This funding does not have to be used with us but if you need electrical safety training or arc flash training, give Jennifer or Nancy a call at 502-716-7073 or visit

South Africa’s SANS 724 Arc Flash Standard Has Upgrades

Zarheer Jooma and I have published a short article on SANS 724.

Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month
Most citations this month include electrical hazards. Over $1 million in July.

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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.

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