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Burn Up the Myth
ESW 2013
Best Paper Award 2013
Electrical Safety News
OSHA Fines
Governor’s Safety and Health Conference
I&CPS 2013 Conference
What folks are saying
Student Program Launches at ESW 2013
Arc Test Dates
In the News
Arc Flash Training Forum
Train the Trainer Class
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APRIL 2013

Dear ArcLetter Member,


While some of us may have to remove snow to hide our Easter eggs, Spring has officially arrived and April is only days away! (No foolin’!)

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A change in seasons is an exciting reminder from Mother Nature that we get a new fresh start! Now is the time to sign up for a new class or try something new at work that increases your safety. After all, there is nothing more important than going home to enjoy all this fresh Spring air with your family!

Burn Up the Myth:  Are Protector Gloves Really Necessary?
Burning Question

Q: Our company provides our service technicians PPE and training. There is some confusion, however, about the use of leather gloves with rubber insulating AR rated gloves. According to Table 130.7(a) our highest Hazard/Risk Category is 2. It is not really practical for our techs to have leather gloves over the rubber. Do you think we really need these?


A:  When you have a shock and an arc flash hazard (especially in 208-480V equipment), I would always recommend “protector gloves.”  The only standard for protector gloves is for leather gloves meeting ASTM F696.  We are working on a protector glove standard in ASTM F18 and in IEC which I have led.


According to OSHA and ASTM F496, if you use rubber insulating gloves without protectors, they must be tested after use.  This is quite onerous but even a small nick in a rubber glove can fail and allow fatal shock.  We recommend ONLY removing protectors for two reasons:

  1. Need for “unusually high finger dexterity” for the task (mentioned in the standards)
  2. Process issues for which leather cannot be worn (such as pharmaceutical or food processing areas or some clean rooms). 

To date for LV gloves only Salisbury has arc tested and released the data to us to share (two of the three have tested and offer data).  They have had several gloves tested. I recommend using Class 0 black or blue gloves.  These gloves are the hardest to ignite but they will ignite at near 40 cal/cm².  Remember, arc flash calculations on a label are at 18″ distance or MORE.  The arc energy increases at a square of the distance (basically) so you really should wear protector gloves in any arc flash potential.    


We hope to see a non-leather protector standard in a few years and some companies have gloves which are market ready, but no one has sold them as “arc rated protector gloves.” They just call them arc flash gloves.


Got a question? The only bad question is the one you didn’t ask until after the accident! 



IEEE-Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2013, Dallas, TX  

The 20th annual IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop was held March 11-15, 2013 at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas, Texas. Since inception, the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop has been the premier forum for  advancements in workplace electrical safety. The program featured keynote speakers, technical tours, tutorials, more than 25 technical presentations, and an exposition of the latest in equipment, products and services.

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First time attendee Jason Meredith, Brand Manager at e-Hazard:

There were over 30 booths; it was a great opportunity to network and check out other top companies in the industry…It was also a great team building event – we worked closely together at the booth, answered lots of questions, and engaged with visitors.”


To see the e-Hazard booth complete with “tour” t-shirts and guitar-shaped bottle opener key chains, check out our photo album on Flickr.

To see info about the workshop visit the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop Website

Hugh Hoagland and Mikhail Golovkov receive IEEE-ESW 2013 Best Paper Award –  Contaminants in AR Clothing
Hugh Receives Award 2013
Dennis Nietzel, Hugh Hoagland, Mikhail Golovkov and Lanny Floyd
Study of effects of mining industry contamination on protective properties of arc rated clothing using ASTM F1959

Arc rated FR protective clothing and fabrics are most often tested in new and laundered condition to remove surface contaminants. Manufacturers recommend to keep such clothing in clean condition at all times. However through daily use, protective clothing may be soiled or stained with industrial contaminants. The effect of specific mining industry contaminants on protective properties of arc rated flame resistant fabric is described in this report. A method and approach to quantify the contamination for a number of different contaminants was developed and described.

Full article available for purchase from IEEE

Electrical Safety News


Prevention through Design Student Education Engineering Initiative 
03-24-2013 17:43:38 PM


Great Energy Resource – Energy Education Council (EEC) 
03-24-2013 17:37:27 PM


Two Vandenberg AFB Workers Seriously Injured in Arc Flash Incident 
03-18-2013 11:08:34 AM


NFPA 70E Proposals for 2015 out for Public Comment Now in March 2013 
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Visit the e-Hazard Booth at 2013
Governor’s Safety and Health Conference
The e-Hazard team will be an exhibitor at the 2013 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Louisville, KY from May 7-10 at The Galt HouseGovernor's Conference 2013 Hotel and Suites. e-Hazard trainers, Hugh Hoagland and Doug Black will lead a workshop at the Conference on
OSHA, NFPA and NESC Updates in Electrical Safety in 2013 on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Jones Room.

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 I&CPS 2013 Conference 

Mark your calendars!  The 2013 Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference is being held  


IEEE Conference Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain, GA

April 30, 2013 – May 3, 2013

Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort
Stone Mountain, GA 


This conference is a gathering of experts who work and conduct research in the industrial application of electrical systems. The 2013 conference will have a full program of tutorials, technical papers, and working group meetings during the four days of the conference. There will be several events including a reception, a dinner/dance and an awards luncheon which will honor members of the IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department. An Awards Luncheon on Friday will recognize the winners of the Prize Papers Awards, Standard Medallion Awards, and the Department Achievement Award. There will be social events including a tour of the CNN building in downtown Atlanta. 


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Prevention through Design Student Education Engineering Initiative  

ESW logo The IAS Myron Zucker Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Education Initiative  is a new program geared toward graduate students in electrical engineering and safety engineering fields.  


In it’s inaugural year, three students were chosen to attend the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW), March 11-15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  As part of the program, the students submitted an essay on the importance of electrical safety in college engineering program curriculum. Upon selection, each student received registration and travel expenses for the conference and presented their winning essays at the conference in the form of a poster.  


Program Coordinator, Dr. Anna Floyd says:    

“The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee was pleased to honor the first recipients of the IAS Myron Zucker Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Education Initiative last week at the 2013 Electrical Safety Workshop in Dallas. The Initiative is geared toward graduate students in electrical engineering and safety engineering fields, with the goal of recognizing talented and promising students who have a passion for building electrical safety into their university curriculum. This year’s recipients included: Daniel Geiger II, of Auburn University, Gábor Göcsei, of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Zhenyuan Zhang, of the University of Texas at Arlington.”  


The goals of this program are to award talented and promising students who have a passion for building electrical safety into their university curriculum.   


More details about the program

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
ASTM F1959, ASTM F2178 and ASTM F887 Fall Protection arc testing and mannequin testing are scheduled at the Kinectrics Lab in Toronto on the dates below.

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ArcWear™ Testing 2013 
April 22-26
May 27-30
June 24-28
July 22-26
 August 19-23

September 16-20



  • We must receive materials or clothing one week before the test date for sample preparation. Otherwise, call to make arrangements to ship to the lab in Canada.
  • New and non-US/Canadian Customers must make payment before the test date.  Testing is offered on a first come/first served basis with priority for consulting customers.
  • $100 per material for prep/washing and cutting panels; ($200 for items arriving less than 7 days before the test date to cover preparation overtime)

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Partnership To Better Protect American Workers

Spring City, Tennessee, March 2013
SSM Industries  

Tennessee based SSM Industries Inc., (SSM) is pleased to announce their partnership with National Safety Apparel (NSA). This unique partnership is important for the safety industry, as it brings together two Made-in-the-USA fabric and garment manufacturers. The goal is to better protect American workers with a new lightweight, high arc rated flame resistant fabric.
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Arc Flash Training Forum

Join our Arc Flash Training Forum for online discussions regarding arc flash and electrical safety, arc flash studies, standards and code, and much more. Our instructors will continue to be involved in other forums but wanted to provide focus on arc flash training.  This will be an excellent resource for our trainers who have been through the four- day intensive Train the Trainer course and others seeking answers on arc flash and electrical safety. 

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Train the Trainer Class
e-Hazard offers Train the Trainer courses several times per year. This three or four day intensive training program is designed to prepare qualified trainers to deliver instruction to others based on NFPA 70E and OSHA requirements. e-Hazard started this training to raise the bar in the electrical industry. While we offer many qualified trainers, we also provide training materials and and coaching so you can develop in-house expertise without breaking the bank. See what over 400 other trainers are saying about the e-Hazard TTT class and our materials.
TTT DVD and Workbooks Upcoming TTT classes:

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Louisville, KY
  December 2-5
Louisville, KY 

2013 Electrical Safety Training Courses
We offer a variety of electrical training courses, including arc flash training, electrical safety procedures and electrical safety guidelines, designed with the user in mind. Our goal is to provide relevant courses for any industry where electrical safety is a concern. More trainers use e-Hazard training materials than all our competitors combined. Competitors welcome.


“This was my 5th or 6th time attending a course on 70E.
Easily the best course I’ve attended.”
– 2013 attendee

2013 Classes

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Operator’s Class 


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On-site custom classes are available. We can design a training program around your company’s unique electric safety program needs. Our team of experts have created tailored training solutions for companies and industries around the world.


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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is crucial when you need protection the most.  ArcStore specializes in electric arc and flash fire tested garments for use in hazardous environments where electrical safety is a concern. Our products provide arc and flame protection as specified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70E), OSHA and cleanliness requirements of the FDA regulations when cared for and laundered properly.
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