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In This Issue

July Survey Results: Glove Use

ASTM Standards News

Survey: Energized Work Permit

2011 Energy & Power Distribution Conference

Publish date of NFPA 70E 2012

OSHA Fines this Month

New Electrical Safety Articles & Video

7 Habits DVD Update Oct 2011

Arc Test Dates

News This Month


Lenzing Protective Clothing



e-Hazard Trainer Speaking Events

e-Hazard Trainers including
Hugh Hoagland, Bill Shinn, Lee Hale, Drake Drobnick, Al Havens, Daleep Mohla
and others speak at events all over the world. Here are some events where you can find us:

Western Electric

Dayton IBEW Safety Conference

Sept. 15, 2011

Drake Drobnick

Schneider Electric Services2011 Energy & Power Distribution Conference

Chicago, IL

September 13-15, 2011

Lee Hale

7th Annual Joint Western Regional Mine Safety and Health Conference

Las Vegas, NV

October 25-26, 2011

Al Havens


Oct. 4-6, 2011

Hugh Hoagland


Arc Flash Forum Sydney, AU

October 20-21

Hugh Hoagland


National Safety Council

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2011

Hugh Hoagland & Drake Drobnick

IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop

Jan 31-Feb. 3, 2012

Hugh Hoagland & Mikhail Golovkov


Amplitude FR

NFPA 70E-2012

Nov. 16, 2011

Alanta, GA

Upcoming Classes

NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Low Voltage


NFPA 70E-2009 w/2012 changes Low Voltage Qualified Training 9-13-11

Denver, CO

Tuesday Sept. 13, 2011

Fairfield Inn Denver Airport

NFPA 70E -2009 w/2012 changes Low Voltage Qualified Training

Dayton, OH

Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011

Dayton IBEW

NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Training Seattle, WA

Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011 Power Studies

NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Northbrook, IL

Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011

Technical Training Center

NFPA 70E-2012

Nov. 8, 2011

Allentown, PA

NFPA 70E-2012

Nov. 16, 2011

Evansville, IN

NFPA 70E-2012

Dec. 5, 2011

Louisville, KY

NFPA 70E-2012

Jan. 24, 2012

Decatur, AL

High Voltage


HV Qualified Training

December 6, 2011

Louisville, KY

Fairfield Inn Louisville East

Train The Trainer

NFPA 70E-2012 LV ONLYTrain the Trainer

Monday Sept. 26, 2011 thru

Tuesday Sept 27, 2011

Sacramento, CA

California Department of General Services

NFPA 70E-2012 LV & HV TTT Dec 5-8,2011

Louisville, KY

Fairfield Inn Louisville East


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Lenzing Protective Clothing


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August 2011

Dear ArcLetter Member,


The ArcWear™ Electric Arc and Safety Newsletter provides a quick update on Arc Rated and Flame Resistant Clothing issues and news from OSHA and standards committees. The newsletter is FREE, reaches over 13,000 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

July Survey Results: Gloves

   Below are the July survey results:

Two Color Testing Voltage Rated Gloves

Some companies use two different colors of rubber gloves for voltage-rated gloves to make it easy for workers to know when their gloves have been tested.  OSHA law requires testing every six months after gloves are put into service.  Companies must have a means to track this.

Survey on Shock Resistant Arc Rated Gloves

Most respondants would consider “shock resistant” arc rated gloves IF the standards allow them.  Many companies have been designating some rubber coated gloves for voltage testing avoiding the use of more expensive rubber gloves.  For decades people used “dry” leather for this task but with advent of NFPA 70E the move has been toward rubber gloves with leather protectors.  With tasks which have a low risk of shock and arc flash but which have some risk of arc flash some companies have chosen to use aramid gloves with latex coating on the palms.  Is this safe? Should there be a standard for this type of glove and it’s use?  These gloves do not meet ASTM D120 because it tests with a bath and electrodes.  Would another test be OK for gloves used for voltage testing or for changing LV circuits?

ASTM Standard News

New Approved ASTM Standards

D1048 – Standard Specification for Rubber Insulating Blankets

 To receive this standard free, join ASTM F18 and choose volume 10.3 as your free volume standard.  The cost is $75 per year and you can join subcommittees related to electrical safety and standards.  Then you can download about 100 standards in PDF to stay up to date on these vital standards in OSHA, NFPA 70E and NESC.

Click here to join ASTM F18.

August Survey: Energized Work Permit

2011 Energy & Power Distribution Conference


Lee Hale, member of NFPA 70E and one of our leading instructors will be speaking at Schneider Electric Services

 2011 Energy & Power Distribution Conference
in Chicago on September 13 – 15 (CEUs available).

Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to technical experts from a variety of companies about new innovations and technologies that can make any facility Safe, Reliable, Efficient, Productive and Green.
We look forward to your participation at this conference.

Click here to sign up for the Schneider Power Conference.

Pub Date for NFPA 70E 2012 Edition

NFPA 70E 2012 is out as of last Friday.

NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace

e-Hazard’s free update will be online for Train the Trainer Attendees next week at
in the LV folder.  The standard’s effective date is August 31, 2011. Old labels installed pre- Sept. 30, 2011 will be grandfathered. New labels will have new requirements.

e-Hazard Classes are available on the new materials as soon as the standards ship.  Our two new TTT classes will cover our materials on the new standard.  We’ll have them on site in Sacramento, CA in September 2011 and Louisville, KY December 2011.

Click here to order or get the latest info on NFPA 70E straight from NFPA. 

Click here to see our two TTT classes or sign up for a class

Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month

Most citations this month include electrical hazards. 

Fuse used

Click here to see the citations and our commentary.

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.

NEW Articles
Click here to see the latest articles on arc flash and safety.

Videos Posted

7 Habits DVD

The 7 habits DVD highlights seven  of the  most 
important electrical safety habits to prevent injuries and fatalities.

Our popular DVD includes access to our handouts and tests, which can be used to document the training or just as a refresher. These electrical safety habits are universal.

Now you can try before you buy. Available online is a 4 minute demo for you to view; watch it now!

Purchase the 7 Habits DVD this month and receive the new 7 Habits DVD for NFPA 2012 for free when it is released in October 2011.

7 Electrical Safety Habits

 Click the button below to watch a demo

of this video on YouTube.

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ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates


Sept 12-16

Oct 11-16

Nov 7-11

Dec 12-16

ASTM F1959, ASTM F2178, ASTM F887 fall protection arc testing and mannequin testing are scheduled 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)
  • $200 for the initial international hard copy report shipping or notarization requests. Each report after is $50.00.

No guarantee is made of when testing will occur; we do all in our power to test within one month of receipt.  
All testing is performed at Kinectrics High Current lab in Toronto, Canada.  Kinectrics is an ISO 17025 accredited lab by the Standards Council of Canada.

Electrical Safety News

Arkansas Electrical Utility Employee Injured in Arc Flash
09-02-2011 10:50:05 AM

The  incident took place as utility  personnel were concluding their hour-long high-voltage safety demonstration that was presented to city police, firefighters, office staff and public works personnel. The injured worker was disconnecting wires from a power source when the arc flash occurred.  His helmet was blackened on one side and his safety gloves were still on. […]


OSHA Finds 37 Health and Safety Violations at Ft. Bragg, NC Base
09-02-2011 10:20:46 AM

While OSHA does not  have authority over the working conditions of military personnel, it does for civilian employees and contractors who work on military installations.  Violations included a lack of protective equipment available for workers who work on electrical panels.  OSHA has no authority over military bases but they will often invite OSHA to consult and provide […]


Canadian Utility Worker Electrocuted While Working on Power Lines
08-30-2011 10:07:53 AM

The utility worker was  electrocuted  while working on  power line from a power pole. Co-workers witnessed the incident and lowered the man to the ground in his safety harness. First aid was administered and emergency medical personnel were called. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance and died at the hospital later that […]

NFPA 70E 2012 Now Online, PDF and Books can be ordered
08-26-2011 16:12:20 PM

Here is the link to the direct page you can purchase it from NFPA.  It is about 2 months earlier than they had promised. Click here to purchase NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace from NFPA.

08-15-2011 11:02:11 AM

Violations included exposing workers to electrical hazards by requiring them to climb a ladder and reach over with a wooden pole in order to use disconnect switches for battery chargers. Click here to read more about USPS OSHA Fine in West Palm Beach

West Virginia Coal Miner In Critical Condition Following Electrical Incident Likely Arc Ignition of Clothing
08-10-2011 10:13:22 AM

The office of Mine Health Safety and Training reports that the 43 year-old miner came in contact with an energized electrical circuit at the Silver Oak Mine in Boone County. He suffered first, second and third degree burns on his upper body and is in critical but stable condition in a burn unit.  The cause of […]

Florida Woman Dies in Transformer Explosion
08-08-2011 10:11:11 AM

A  48-year-old Tennessee contractor was killed when a transformer exploded at a utility substation.  She was working on the transformer when she was killed in the blast. Two additional employees were hospitalized with second and third degree burns. OSHA is investigating the incident. Click here to read more about fatal transformer explosion

Predicting, Containing and Protecting From Arc Flash
07-28-2011 16:48:54 PM

Jim offers some insight into arc flash calculations and several prevention technologies which assist in protecting workers outside of PPE. Good read. Click Here to read the article at OHS Magazine

Burn Up the Myth:

Arc Rated Clothing = No Burns

Arc Flash Pant Incident Photo

Our worker was in an arc flash August 2011
. The employee was kept overnight for observation and treatment of two small burns, one on his thumb and one on his shin. The incident occurred when a worker cut into two phases on an energized 480 volt service. The arc was probably between 1 and 6 inches from the pant.
Engineering is working on the arc flash calculation but I am sure it far exceeded the 16 cal rating of the pants.  Could a worker get burned in an arc flash at or below the rating of the clothing?

The short answer is yes.  You can get burned in an arc flash.  This example is a good one.  The worker assumed something was de-energized which was not in an electrically safe work condition.  The cut into the conductor caused an arc and the worker was closer than the arc flash boundary and the working distance.  They were in the right pant but not the right gloves for the job and not the right work position.

Some might argue that he wasn’t in the right pant because he got burned.  We need to understand arc flashes much better.  Arcs like this are primarily plasma and that plasma will burn a hole in most garments.  Arc Ratings are a good way to choose PPE but the calculations are very approximate. 
The key here is this worker did not get a clothing ignition which carries a 50% probability of death.  He will be OK.  He was burned slightly but in the old days, this utility was in cotton, hoping for no arc flash.  Now they have arc rated pants and shirts and flash suits for some work conditions.  They have arc rated winterwear and rainwear so they will never have a clothing ignition from arc flash.  This sock did get burned but didn’t continue to burn so it didn’t increase the extent of the injury. 
Was this guy lucky?  No.  He was wearing the right stuff in case this type of mistake was made. 

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 ELouisville, KY 40223

Office: 502-333-0510

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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