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April Survey Results:
May Survey: Training Type & Frequency?
Certificate Database for eHazard Training
OSHA Fines this Month
NESC & CAN/UL S801 Now Available Online
NEW Electrical Safety Articles & Video
Arc Test Dates
Blog Entries This Month


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May 2011

Dear ArcLetter Member,

The ArcWear™ Electric Arc and Safety Newsletter 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


April Survey Results: What type with what frequency do you train?

.Here are the April Survey Results:


What Electrical Safety Training Do You Require?


How often do you require electrical safety training?

May Survey Question: Which Version of NFPA 70E Have You Implemented and When Do You Update?
Take our survey and watch for the results next month.


Click Here to Take Our NFPA 70E Implementation Survey

NEW e-Hazard Training Certificate Database is Online
e-Hazard now offers a certificate database online for those who have attended one of our classes.  No more searching for your certificate to submit to the state or certification body.  e-Hazard training certificates are now online.  You can download a certificate of completion for the class you’ve taken. The database currently covers any classes through 2010 to current date. So if you’ve lost your certificate you can search, download, and print instantly for your records.
You can even search the database to see if the contractor you want to use has been to our training.  Those in the database have taken our classes or used our materials and submitted their training completion materials including sign-in sheets and evaluation forms for archive at
If you are interested in being in the database check out our NFPA 70E Arc Flash Train the Trainer program.  Many states accept e-Hazard materials and trainers for continuing education and many companies recommend their contractors attend our training.

Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month
Most citations this month include electrical hazards.  

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Click here to see the citations and our commentary.

NESC and CAN/UL S801 Order Online

The two North American Electric Utility Safety standards are now up-to-date and available online for order.

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Click here to Preorder NESC 2012 from IEEE (The PDF will be available later)

Click here to order the print or PDF of CAN/UL S801 from UL Canada.CAN/UL S801 Cover

These two standards contain electrical safety standards for electric utilities for the US and Canada.  Both are useful and utilities can learn much from the two standards.

The NESC also contains wiring requirements and the updated version has many changes for safety but mainly it requires calculations for secondary voltages which will require more PPE for electric utilities.

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.


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ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates


May 30-31

June TBD
July 4-9
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Sept 12-16
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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: 502-333-0510
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 on 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.

News This Month

New Approved ASTM Standard for Personal Climbing Equipment Exposed to Electric Arc
05-24-2011 17:19:10 PM

F887 – Standard Specifications for Personal Climbing Equipment has been revised to F887-11.  This standard has included an arc test since 2004.  The test is an exposure of 40 cal/cm2 for the harness and it must pass the drop test after the exposure. Click here to see the revision…»



Electrical Arc Sends Two Paving Crew Workers to the Hospital
05-24-2011 15:20:09 PM

Two paving crew workers, the driver of the paver and a crew member walking beside the paver,  were transported to the hospital when a loading truck that was dumping asphalt into the paver attracted an arc of electricity from an overhead wire.  The truck did not come into direct contact with the wire but apparently was […]…»



Electrical Arc Injures Three
05-24-2011 15:17:42 PM

Two employees of a retirement community and an electrical contractor were injured while working on an electrical panel when an arc flash occurred.  The contractor suffered burns to both hands and the other two suffered facial burns and respiratory tract damage.  The cause of the arc flash incident has not yet been determined.  Respiratory tract burns […]…»



Arc Flash at Murray State University Injures Two
05-24-2011 15:15:01 PM

A contractor working at the university suffered burns to his forearms while measuring voltage on a piece of equipment being installed.  Another nearby contractor sustained a flash burn to his eyes. They were both transported to a burn unit and have been released.  The incident is still under investigation.  Murray State has an NFPA 70E […]…»



OSHA issues 6 citations and $378K fine following arc flash incident in wind farm tower
05-19-2011 15:07:33 PM

OSHA has  issued six citations for willful safety violations and levied a $378K fine following an arc flash incident involving a wind farm technician.  The company failed to ensure that those technicians that were working in wind farm towers affixed their own energy isolation devices ( personal lock and tag devices) on the ground-level turbine switch gear […]…»



Omaha man arrested for stealing copper wiring after burns sustained in resulting arc flash lead authorities to him
05-19-2011 15:07:01 PM

After an explosion at an office building alerted authorities, circuit breakers were found open and over $350K of copper wire was discovered missing.  Investigators believe the suspect cut the copper from the area were the main electrical feed enters the building created an arc flash explosion.  Investigators checked the hospital for suspects and identified only one arc […]…»



New York Times Best Seller focuses on Arc Flash
05-19-2011 15:06:41 PM

The Burning Wire, a fictional New York Times best seller written by Jeffery Deaver centers its plot around the evil use arc flash explosions. While the author took some liberties with the technical parts this is a long way from the obscurity that arc flash was in pre 1990.  I thank Lanny Floyd of DuPont for […]…»



Bangalore man electrocuted- Grabbed electric pole to keep from slipping
05-19-2011 15:01:09 PM

The 28 year old man was fatally electrocuted  when he grabbed an electric pole to prevent himself from slipping. The entire pole was found to be charged when it was switched on.   An investigation is pending. Click here to read more about fatal electrical incident in Bangalore…»



Nine year old boy from Congo severely injured in electrical accident undergoes surgeries in Boston
04-26-2011 12:19:21 PM

The little boy was severely burned after running into an electric plant during a game at his home three years ago. The boy lost his arm and sustained third degree burns to his face.  He underwent facial reconstruction in Boston and will receive a prosthetic arm in a few weeks.  His friend was killed in the incident. Click here […]…»



Western Massachusetts Electric Company electrical employee critically injured
04-26-2011 12:19:04 PM

A Western Mass Electric Company employee was found dangling 30 feet from a utiity pole in an unresponsive state. Police speculate that the worker may have come into contact with charged electrical equipment.  He was rushed to the hospital Friday.  Firefighters used a bucket truck to rescue him. The employee was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.  The accident […]…»





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Office: 502-333-0510

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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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