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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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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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ASTM F1959, ASTM F2178, ASTM F887 fall protection arc testing and mannequin testing at the Kinectrics Lab in
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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.

NFPA 70E Thinks De-energized

NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® does not mean you can work everything energized if you wear the right PPE.  Many folks fail to de-energize when they should.  Jeff Sargent, makes the point well in the latest online issue of the NFPA Journal in The 70E Connection.

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United Relay Patents Manually Controlled Arc Flash Idea

Arc Flash is popping up all over the place.  Fifteen years ago when I started arc testing there were very few people talking about it.  Now I hear about arc flash presentations in technical schools and even in high schools.  I have seen devices like this from Eaton and others.  Looks like United Relay has patented a version of these.  Interesting development.

From the patent application abstract: “A circuit protection system includes a normal mode and a maintenance mode. A current sensor senses current in the circuit. An enclosure includes an access panel that is movable between a closed position and open position. A circuit breaker is mounted within the enclosure. An electronic trip unit is in communication with the current sensor and controls interruptions of the current by the circuit breaker based on a trip setting. An interface device is accessible when said access panel is closed and allows selections of the normal and maintenance modes. A display, which is in communication with both of the user interface device and the electronic trip unit, monitors the interface device and transmits data to the trip unit that is based on the selected mode. The display receives data from the trip unit and displays information based on the received data. The display is viewable when the access panel is closed. The trip unit changes the trip setting when said maintenance mode is selected to reduce potential arc flash energy.”

Click here read the patent document.

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.

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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.

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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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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.
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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!

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