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September Survey Results
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Hugh Hoagland and his wife, Laurie, participated in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure on Saturday, October 8, in Louisville, KY.
|ANSI Approval of ISEA 207-2011 Standard |
ISEA has received notice of ANSI’s approval of the revised 207 standard, effective October 17, 2011. The official designation is ANSI/ISEA 207-2011. Staff at ISEA will work to get this standard published as quickly as possible.
Click here for ordering version ANSI/ISEA 207-2010.
American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear
|ASTM Standard News |
HUGH: Anything new for this section this month?
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.
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|ICUEE Article |
Be sure to read Incident Prevention Magazine this month for Hugh Hoagland’s article on the 5 PPE Safety Challenges for 2012.
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NETAWorld Journal will be publishing in its winter issue an article by e-Hazard instructor, Al Havens, on the topic of determining the functionality of power-factor capacitors.
NETA also recently granted approval for e-Hazard’s Low Voltage Qualified NFPA 70E course, and has added the following to their NETA Public Course Listing:
- Instructor-led: 8 Safety hours
- Video: 8 Safety hours
- Online: 4 Safety hours
Click here to visit NETA
InterNational Electrical Testing Association.
Click here for further information on
Low Voltage Qualified NFPA 70E course.
|NFPA 70E 2012 Edition |
|Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month|
|Most citations this month include electrical hazards. |
Click here to see the citations and our commentary.
Tasmania Recommends NFPA 70E to Meet New Law
Tasmania Law Article 110.8 (B)(1) “If the energized electrical conductors.. (50V and above)… are not placed in an electrically safe work condition (i.e. de-energized) … work practices shall protect employees from arc flash and from contact with energized conductors…”
|Burn Up The Myth |
Question: Are there any arc rated winter gloves?
Answer: Though the ASTM Hand Protective Device Test Method is not yet approved a few companies have begun testing gloves for use in arc flash which could be considered “winter gloves”. These companies used the new hand protective test method which is basically ASTM F1959 with a modified panel. These are in no particular order.
- Stauffer Safety, Kevlar lined leather and does about 40 cal/cm² in the glove standard Style K900LEJKVF and Style GW19CSLJKV.
- Revco Arcster used to be Tigster Leather over FR cotton fleece (Style A60) 25 cal/cm².
- Superior Glove CarbonX with leather palm MXGXKL Glove 19 cal/cm² (one layer but warmer than leather).
- Mechanix Wear, Team Issue Level 5 Part Number CXG-L5 Glove 41 cal/cm².
- Mechanix Wear, Team Issue Level 10 Part Number CXG-L10 Glove 22 cal/cm²
- DEHN APG 10 Style 758798 Leather/Interlock Knit Gloves, 32 cal/cm² palm, back 45 cal/cm²
- Youngstown’s FR Leather Utility lined with Kevlar® 27.7 cal/cm²
We will update this type of information on our website in the next few weeks with links to these company’s websites.
|ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates|
May 28- Jun 1
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:
13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd.
PH: 502-333-0510 arctesting@ArcWear.com
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.
- $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 ArcWear.com testing is performed at Kinectrics High Current lab in Toronto, Canada. Kinectrics is an ISO 17025 accredited lab by the Standards Council of Canada.
New Electrician Face Shield
| BSD ErgoS|
A new faceshield with what looks like full spectrum light transmission (though slightly gray) is on the market. We tested this a few months back and it is available in the market.
The ErgoS family of electrican face shields are tested and certified according to EN 166, IEC 61482-1-2, ASTM F2178 and test principle GS-ET-29.
According to their literature the ErgoS family provides:
- Protection against second degree burn according its corresponding protection class
- Clear visibility and natural colour reproduction by clear — not dyed — visor
- Colour reproduction index >90%
To date these haven’t been installed or tested to meet the level of hoods but this shield has met HRC 2 with >8 cal/cm2 protection.