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Arc Test Dates
DOE Arc Flash Incident
Train the Trainer Discount
NEW Multi-layer Systems Data
Arc Flash Survey 2009 shows PPE Works
Ugly’s NFPA 70E is OUT!
South Africa Seeks to use NFPA 70E
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May 2009

Dear ArcLetter Member,

The ArcWear™ Electric Arc and Flash Fire Newsletter is a quick update on Flame Resistant Clothing issues and news from OSHA and standards committees. This newsletter is FREE 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

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
Need Arc Testing?

June 8-11
July 6-9
August 17-21
Sept 21-24
Oct 26-29
Nov 23-26
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 $100 for international report shipping. No guarantee is made of when testing will occur.  Schedule with ArcWear to ensure you can be tested on prefered date.

DOE Arc Flash Contractor Incident in Saudi
Arc Flash Incident from DOEDepartment of Energy Report shows effect of arc flash on ill trained contractor in Saudi Arabia.

No matter where your workers are, being properly trained and equipped is critical for shock and arc flash protection.  Your brain is the best PPE…
Courtesy of Scott Peterson CBS Nuclear Sales

e-Hazard Train the Trainer passes 300 trained mark arc flash training

The e-Hazard NFPA 70E/CSA Z462 Training has over 300 Certified Trainers
With this last class in Louisville, KY e-Hazard passed a milestone.  Over 300 trainers in the US, Canada, South Africa and Brazil have been trained to use the e-Hazard NEW 2009 NFPA 70E training materials from  If you have been through our TTT you can come back for the full four days for $999 (plus video cost) and receive all the training and the new e-Hazard materials.  The March special will continue with the Louisville, KY class July 13 – 16 and Salt Lake City TTT October 12-15, 2009. Normal price $4000 for LV and $2000 for the HV but for 2009, you can recieve BOTH LV and HV for $5000.  This includes expert instruction and support from the e-Hazard team and over $2000 in videos for your training career.  e-Hazard even welcomes competitors to use our materials.  We just want the BEST training materials available to everyone.  With license you only need to purchase the workbooks.  If you don’t have the new materials, they are free to those who have been through the TTT when they purchase workbooks.
Special extended through 2009.

NEW Multi-layer Systems Data Coming Online for FREE from

ArcWear is partnering with electric utilities to provide third party arc flash testing data at no charge.  Any utility wanting to test their specific layered systems will receive ArcWear’s already low pricing on arc testing and ArcWear will procure the cloth and make the data available on our website free of charge.  Many clothing companies are also participating by offering their data.  This will be full data reports from the ArcWear archives.  The goal is to prevent additional testing when unnecessary.
See the new data added in April and May.

1. DuPont Protera 6.5 oz Medium Blue over TecaSafe Plus 700 Khaki, 7 oz  32.7 cal/cm²

2. 9 oz/yd² Indura UltraSoft, Style 451, Navy Over
7 oz/yd² TecaSafe Plus, Style 700, Khaki 33.6 cal/cm²

3. 7 oz/yd² TecaSafe Plus, Style 700, Khaki Over
6.5 oz/yd² DuPont Protera  21.7 cal/cm²
4. 7 oz/yd² TecaSafe Plus, Style 700, Khaki Over
7 oz/yd² TecaSafe Plus, Style 700, Khaki 31.2 cal/cm²
5. Indura Ultra Soft Style 451 over DRIFIRE Style 69265-10000034FNB Heavy Weight Mesh 20 cal/cm²
6. Indura Ultrasoft  Style 451 over DRIFIRE Style 7324 Inman Twaron Twill, Medium Blue 30.8 cal/cm²

7. Indura Ultrasoft Style 451 over DRIFIRE Style 69265-10000005FHO Heavy Weight Mesh 32.7 cal/cm²

ArcWear is committed to providing the most up to date arc testing information in assisting companies to provide the most protective, comfortable and affordable arc rated clothing.  ArcWear does not sell any of the flame resistant clothing above. We provide testing services and consulting.

Hugh Hoagland

IEEE-ESW Paper “Arc Flash PPE Works” Survey
IEEE Paper Supports Arc Testing using ASTM F1959 Standards to protect workers against arc flash IEEE ESW 2010

The ASTM F1959 standard was final in 1999 and has been used all over the world.  From the beginning it has been under attack by “consultants” and folks all over the world who don’t really want to protect their people from arc flash.  Some have the attitude that arc flashes wouldn’t happen if people only followed the rules (not true, many are equipment failures), or they have the attitude that cotton is good enough (also not true since cotton gives about a 50% survival rate when it ignites).
Tom Neal Ph.D. and Dan Doan, EE (DuPont) did a survey of arc flash incidents and found that all the PPE in the survey which had been in compliance with ASTM F1506 and arc tested performed at or better than expected when IEEE 1584 arc flash calculations were compared to the actual incident.  This supports our work at ASTM and IEEE and the new standards like NFPA 70E and NESC.  Tom, Dan and I have proposed to have an update on this paper next year at the IEEE ESW.

Ugly’s NFPA 70E is OUT!
Ugly's NFPA 70E DigestThe Popular Ugly’s Now Does NFPA 70E

Contact us at  We now have the Ugly’s guide to Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E.  This pocket guide is a great companion for all your electricians and an excellent Safety Award.  Use it for Toolbox Talks and have your workers follow along in their own copy.  Call for volume discounts from the premier electrical safety training company.

South Africa Seeks to get NFPA permission to adopt NFPA 70E

The South African Bureau of Standards has approved the techical committee request to adopt the NFPA 70E and the IEEE 1584 as South African Standards for workers.

According to Mr. Zaheer Jooma Conviener of the committee, “IEEE 1584 will be adopted as is, but NFPA 70E must be adapted to meet our requirements in SA specifically the 50 Hz system.  Previously each plant implemented its own safe work procedures and often omitted arc flash.  Now we can standardise our safety requirements via 70E and introduce arc flash to the entire electrical fraternity in SA.”

Mr. Jooma is and the Bureau are working with NFPA.  Previously NFPA had denied the request but now CSA has been allowed to use the standard.  It is hoped NFPA 70E could become the world electrical safety standard allowing all those who have volunteered to work with NFPA, ASTM and IEEE to use the same standards in all their plants around the world.  NFPA is a non-profit consensus standards organization located in the United States.
Zaheer Jooma is Conviener of the SA technical committee on electrical safety with the South African Bureau of Standards. Mr. Jooma uses e-Hazard materials and is an electrical engineer for ArcelorMittal.

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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