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In This Issue
IEEE/IAS 2011 Electrical Safety Workshop
Arc Flash Tour part of ESW 2011 in Toronto
Survey: Glove Survey Results
Survey: What HRC’s do you use in house?
NEW ASTM Standards
NFPA 70E ROC Webinar
Burn Up the Myth: Arc Flash Hood Hygiene
OSHA Fines this Month
Barcelona, Spain Arc Flash Seminar
7 Electrical Safety Habits DVD Now On Sale
NEW Electrical Safety Articles & Video
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November 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 Arc Ratings on Gloves
Great response to the Glove Survey.  Fortunately those opposed are the same ones who have opposed the standard in ASTM.  I’m very interested to hear from more end users on the survey.  Many people have written us inquiring if there were ratings for gloves.  If you want to be part of the process of arc flash standards join ASTM F18.

Arc Rating Glove Results

New Hazard/Risk Survey

What Hazard/Risk Categories are you currently using? Take the poll and we’ll publish the results in the next newsletter.

Hazard Category

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.

Burn Up The Myth: Arc Flash Hood Hygiene

Any advice on how to clean inside of arc flash hoods to ensure good hygiene practice?



The key is Laundering andLysol!

Many of the arc flash hoods can be laundered with removal of the shield and the fan/air cooling.  This is the most helpful way to clean but between washings if workers are sharing hoods you can use other methods.

I recommend using Benzalkonium Chloride Wipes (commonly available through first aid supply houses) or Lysol Spray (Oberon recommends Lysol in their short guide, Paulson recommends soap and warm water and a soft cloth).

Allow the hood to dry after spraying or cleaning and wear normally.

The Benzalkonium Chloride Wipes are often water based and leave behind a little residue so you might have to wipe the shield with a clear cloth to restore full visibility.

Take apart the hoods regularly and launder the hood portion if the hood comes completely apart. Steelgrip and NSA do to my knowledge.

Test a small area of the shield to be certain whatever you use do not mar the surface (for visibility) and clean the whole surface.

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

Fuse used
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Barcelona Arc Flash Seminar


Estambril sponsored an informational arc flash seminar in Barcelona.  Mikhail Golovkov, presented the seminar for Hugh Hoagland on the passing of his father-in-law.  Mikhail reported that the audience of end users in arc flash clothing and manufacturers had great interest in the international test methods for testing clothing and other PPE items.  The utilities present were keenly watching the US developments since their internal standards are matching some of the US approaches.

Thanks to Estambil for their research and development in arc and flame resistant fabrics.

Visit Estambil’s Electrical Solutions Website.

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.

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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.

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
Dec 13 – 17


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

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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