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November 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. The newsletter is FREE, reaches over 17,000 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

NEW Website, Twitter and Blog
Need Arc & Electrical Safety Info?

ArcWear and e-Hazard have teamed up to create a Twitter and Blog.  Most of the things you find in the newsletter come out on the blog first.  You can now even read them as they come out on the redesigned e-Hazard site.  Look at the bottom of the page.
Check out the redesign.
See the Twitter page nfpa70e. It is short but sweet.
The newsletter archives are at both and on the blog.

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
Need Arc Testing?

Nov. 30- Dec. 4
Jan. 18 – 22
Feb. 15 – 19
Mar. 15 – 19
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.

Two FREE Webcasts: One Recorded, One Live

Electrical Safety Web Workshop Session 10: NFPA 70E / CSA Z462 – Approach Boundaries, Definitions & PPE Requirements

Date: Friday, November 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Two of the biggest sources of questions related to NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 relate to the definitions of the approach boundaries and the selection of appropriate PPE. This session will explore the definitions in the standard(s) and will give attendees practical guidance on approach distances and when and what type of PPE is required when working with energized electrical equipment.
Join Hugh Hoagland of E-Hazard for a 60 minute Reliability Roadmap Web Workshop to learn more about this important standard.
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Reserve your FREE Web Workshop seat now at:

Hugh Hoagland Recorded Webcast at ISHN and for Online Electrical Safety Workshop

This webcast covered NFPA 70E Hugh Hoagland Arc Flash Expertand layering focusing on the new issues of non-FR underlayers and their limits.  The seminar is free and online for the next year if you want to listen to all or part of it.

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IEEE ESW 2010Sign up today for the 2010 ESW Memphis, TN February 1-5, 2010
There are a few things I attend every year and one is the PCIC Electrical Safety Workshop.  You should too.  This is the best conference on the latest in electrical safety.  The papers are VERY practical and up-to-date.

Articles, Accidents & Video on Arc Flash

Here are some articles published recently on arc flash and electrical safety.

Incident Investigations

Electrical Safety, Technical, and Mega Projects Workshop Calgary Canada Sign Ups Open
IEEE Mega Workshop Calgary 2010Sign up open for the 2010 Mega Projects Workshop

Calgary, AB Canada
March 29 – 31, 2010

The IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering design, system reliability and the implementation and execution of Mega Projects. The Workshop focus will be to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of:  1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices, 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology and 3) design and implementation of Mega Projects.

Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month
OSHA LogoMost citations this month include electrical hazards and LO/TO.

NEW at National Safety Council Show in Orlando
There were several exciting new items and services at NSC.

Salisbury’s new “weight balancing faceshield” makes wearing an arc flash faceshield almost effortless. It isn’t even on the website yet.  It’s rated at 12 cal/cm².
Disclosure: “I don’t sell these or work for Salisbury. Just a great product I got to test and work on design modifications. introduced their electrical safety audit tool and service.  This third party external audit service and internal audit tool is built around ANSI Z10/CSA Z1000 compliant electrical safety.  The audit software is free for one year to those who sign up for an external on-site audit.

Milliken Amplitude FR cotton has a 6 oz shirt fabric which has an arc rating well over 8 cal/cm² making it the lightest on the market with the 8 cal/cm² rating.

Not on website yet. Ask about Amplitude 6 oz.

There are now four materials with patented performance to ANSI 107. Performance Textiles and Glen Raven lead the charge with wovens and a new mesh.
ITI boasts a new arc rated fleece which also meets ANSI 107.
Tencate offers its TecaSafe Plus in an ANSI 107 version.
SSM is offering a new high-vis t-shirt material. was rolled out from Workrite and Westex.  This site has a recorded training video on things to consider when choosing flame resistant clothing.  Excellent and non-partisan.
NEW Paulson Faceshield 16 cal/cm² rating to fit most hard caps.  This new shield uses a new nanotechnology to give better vision and protection.  This will work for those wanting more protection than the common 8 shields.

ESA Annual Safety Report FREE Online
The Electrical Safety Authority for Ontario has released their annual safety report.

Milliken Announces 6 oz Flame Resistant Shirt Fabrics with HRC 2 Rating
Now there is a new fabric in the 6-6.5 oz range which meets HRC 2.

Milliken is the first 88/12 cotton nylon under 6.3 oz as tested which meets HRC 2.
Several 88/12 blends are now in the 6.9-7.9 oz range as tested and three blended fabrics meet the HRC 2 in less than 7 oz as tested but these are all real breakthrough’s.  Most fabrics meet the standard in the range of 1 oz per cal/cm2 arc rating.  But fabric construction and blending can achieve better results.

NFPA 70E Still FREE to read online
70E-2009NFPA is committed to worker safety and offers the whole standard free to read online.

Dennis Berry, of NFPA pointed the site out to me in a converstation last week about South Africa’s growing use of NFPA 70E.  The link is still live and free.  NFPA members sign in with their user ID but anyone can have an ID and read any NFPA standard for free.  You can’t search or print but they can all be read.

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
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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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