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NEW ASTM F2757 Home Laundering Standard Online
Remote Racking Saves Lives in Midwest
OSHA Quietly Updates Standard Relating to Electrical Safety
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Fines by OSHA & OHSA on Electrical Hazards
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October 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

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
Need Arc Testing?

Oct 5-6 Blanket Testing Only
Oct 26-29
Nov 23-26
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.

ESW 2010 Get Signed Up
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.

NEW ASTM Standard Guide for Home Laundering Flame, Thermal and Arc-Rated Clothing
ASTM F2757 is Now Available OnlineASTM International Logo

This Standard Guide is a first to give guidance on how to launder flame resistant and arc-rated garments at home.  Many will still want to use industrial laundries for convenience or to remove heavy hydrocarbon loadings or for hazardous chemical exposed garments but this guide legitimizes the fact that arc rated and flame resistant clothing can safely be laundered at home. The full name is ASTM F2757-09 Standard Guide for Home Laundering Care and Maintenance of Flame, Thermal and Arc Resistant Clothing.  This should be included in standard training for companies using these types of clothing.

Remote Racking Continues to Prove Itself
Recent Incident, No Injuries, Remote Racking Makes its Debut

On May 23, 2009 a power plant in the Midwest experienced a severe arc flash incident. The incident occurred while racking in a closed Siemens 15 kV GMI breaker with a faulty interlock. When the (closed) breaker contacted the bus, a large arc flash occurred. The breaker was being racked in remotely (wireless), the operators were in another room and there were NO injuries of any kind. Plant personnel that were present are convinced that lives were saved that day.

OSHA Updates Some Standards on Electrical Hazards
OSHA LogoOSHA updates to ASTM F2413 for Shoes which cites F1117.

OSHA updated PPE requirements using new consensus standards.  In one paragraph OSHA stated that, “the Agency presumes that employers are using safety shoes
manufactured in accordance with the 1991 or 1999 editions of ASTM F-2412-05 and ASTM F-2413-05.”
The latest version of ASTM F2413 introduces a new classification of DI (Dielectric Shoes). These shoes are made by the ASTM F1117 standard.  We still recommend EH shoes for daily wear but F1117 is required by NFPA 70E for wet service and step potential.  This is a commonly misunderstood part of NFPA 70E.  Our training points it out and I have a white paper free on our site which explains this thoroughly.

Two FREE Webcasts on Electrical Safety
Hugh Hoagland webcast at Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

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.
Lanny Floyd will share a free webcast on A Comprehensive Approach for Designing and Implementing Arc Flash Mitigation.
Lanny Floyd
When Lanny speaks I listen.  I’m sure Lanny will be practical and informative of new technologies for mitigation of arc flash and PPE.  The class will be Friday, October 2, 2009 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

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


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
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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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