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In This Issue

June Survey Results: EH & DI Shoes

ASTM Standards News

July Survey: Use of Gloves for Shock and Arc Flash

Publish date of NFPA 70E 2012

OSHA Fines this Month

New Electrical Safety Articles & Video

NEW Electrical Safety Articles & Video

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

Arc Flash Forum Auckland, NZ

August 8-9

Arc Flash Forum Sydney, AU

October 20-21


August 30, 2011


F.A.S.T. First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited

Delta, BC

Nov 22, 2011

Dayton IBEW Safety Conference

Sept. 15, 2011


 Oct. 4-6, 2011

National Safety Council

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2011

IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop

Jan 31-Feb. 3, 2012



Amplitude FR

Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Events

Low Voltage



NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training 8-9-2011 Northbrook, IL

August 9, 2011

Hyatt Deerfield

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training 8-23-2011 Phoenix, AZ

August 23, 2011

Border States/BSE

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training 9-13-11 Denver, CO

September 13, 2011

Denver, CO

Fairfield Inn Airport

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training 12-5-2011 Louisville, KY

December 5, 2011 Louisville, KY

Fairfield Inn Louisville East

NESC 2012 Safety

Nov. 16, 2011

Atlanta, GA

High Voltage


HV Qualified Training

December 6, 2011

Louisville, KY

Fairfield Inn Louisville East

Train The Trainer


TTT Dec 5-8,2011

Louisville, KY

Fairfield Inn Louisville East


Walls FR

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July 2011

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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
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

June Survey Results: EH and DI Shoes

Below are the June survey results:
Does/Do your facility/facilities require the use of Electrical Hazard shoes for qualified work?
NL Survey Result 1
Does/Do your facility/facilities require the use of Dieletric rated over shoes for wet location work or work where step potential could exist?
DI Rated Overshoes NL Survey
Does/do your facility/facilities use DI matting for step potential?
DI matting

Mechanix Wear
ASTM Standard News

New Approved ASTM Standards

D1048 – Standard Specification for Rubber Insulating Blankets
 has been revised to D1048-11 

ASTM Hand Protective Arc Flash Test Method Standard Misses 2/3 Majority

The arc flash “glove”  test method has been referred back to the subcommittee after missing the 2/3 majority on ASTM F18 at the main committee level.  All substantiation for overcoming negatives was upheld but one.  This negative from a US company who is now importing rubber insulating gloves felt that the test “determines” an arc rating rather than “measures” an arc rating.  The subcommittee agreed but did not feel this justified holding the standard back from passage. The slightly more than 1/3 of the main committee members voting felt this did justify holding the standard back and it has been returned to the committee.  There is concern by some that though the history has been positive for Class 2 rubber insulating gloves, low voltage gloves and the growth of import gloves could reduce the protection gloves with protectors have historically provided.
This is supported by the fact that some low voltage gloves ignite in this test method as low as 17 cal/cm

².  We have also seen wide variation in different knit gloves and other types of gloves which provide no shock protection but can be used for operating low voltage equipment with arc flash potentials such as a 480 disconnect.

Until the time this standard passes, some gloves are being tested with this method and can be found with a label showing the Arc Rating (ATPV or EBT) using ASTM F1959 (with a modified panel) as these two standards are basically the same.  Gloves labeled this way could be available from:



Perfect Fit Gloves and Sleeves

Stauffer Glove & Safety



Mechanix Wear



Chapman Innovations (CarbonX)

Majestic Gloves

Bacou Dalloz/Sperian

Dehn Germany

Superior Glove


Test data is definitely available.
We will add a glove section to the ArcWear Site and let people know about gloves we have tested since the standard is being held up in committee.

A collaboration area on the ASTM website will solicit feedback for a new draft.  All negative voters and other interested parties will be solicited for feedback.  Only members of ASTM F18.65 and ASTM F18 have input into ASTM standards, but ASTM International is open to all interested parties and membership has privileges.  Free ASTM standards books come with each $75 membership.

To join ASTM International and become part of the process, click here

July Survey Question: Protecting from Arc Flash & Shock with Gloves?

Take our survey and watch for the results next month.

There are many applications where workers are exposed to arc flash AND shock, but many workers are exposed to potential arc flash with no shock hazard (eg.,operating disconnects and certain switches).  This survey explores this issue as no standard adequately addresses gloves for arc flash hazards.


Pub Date for NFPA 70E 2012 Edition

NFPA 70E 2012 is expected to be


published on October 14, 2011. There are a few TIA’s and an appeal to NFPA to make some other changes, but the document should still be ready in October.  NFPA has previously allowed reading-only access to the document early to those subscribing to
.  I have not confirmed this with NFPA but it is something to watch for those wanting to work on training or programs before the standard’s effective date of Jan 30, 2012

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

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
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.
NEW 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!

7 Electrical Safety Habits

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ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates

August 15-19

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)
  • $150 for international hard copy report shipping or notarization requests.
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.

OSHA Citations and Fines for NEC Code Violations
– 07-27-2011 17:00:13 PM
Copper Thieves Costly And Dangerous
– 07-27-2011 13:45:33 PM
Young Teen Electrocuted While Playing Hide and Seek
– 07-27-2011 13:44:51 PM
Virginia Beach Electrical Worker Dies While Working on Electrical Pole
– 07-27-2011 13:44:09 PM
Worker at Indiana Zinc Plant Suffers Electrical Shock – In Critical Condition
– 07-27-2011 13:43:43 PM
Georgia Teen Killed in Electrical Incident
– 07-27-2011 13:43:02 PM
Indiana Teenager Electrocuted in Home Accident
– 07-27-2011 13:42:36 PM
Two Iowa Field Workers Electrocuted
– 07-27-2011 09:28:59 AM
25-Year-Old Man Electrocuted in Tree Triming Accident
– 07-27-2011 09:28:07 AM
Illinois Man Electocuted While Painting Barn
– 07-27-2011 09:27:28 AM
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
Office: 502-333-0510
13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd.

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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