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In This Issue
September Survey Results: Written Electrical Safety Program
October Survey: Arc Flash Incident?
Race for the Cure!
ANSI Approval of ISEA 207-2011
ASTM Standards News
ICUEE Article: 5 PPE Challenges from 2012 Standards
NFPA 70E 2012 Update
OSHA Fines this Month
Tasmania & NFPA 70E
Burn Up the Myth: Arc Rated Winter Gloves
Arc Test Dates
New Face Shield
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


7th Annual Joint Western Regional Mine Safety and Health Conference

Las Vegas, NV

October 25-26, 2011

Al Havens

 IWEA 2011 Plant Operator Seminar

 Rockford, IL

October 26, 2011

Lee Hale

National Safety Council

Philadelphia, PA

Oct 30-Nov 4, 2011

Hugh Hoagland &

Drake Drobnick

IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop

Daytona Beach, FL

Jan 31-Feb 3, 2012

Hugh Hoagland &

Mikhail Golovkov



Amplitude FR

Upcoming Classes


NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Low Voltage


 NFPA 70E 

NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Evansville, IN

November 2, 2011

NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Allentown, PA

November 8, 2011


NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Northbrook, IL

November 15, 2011

 NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Atlanta, GA

November 16, 2011


NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

December 5, 2011


NFPA 70E-2012 Low Voltage Qualified Training

Decatur, AL

January 24, 2012 

High Voltage


HV Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

December 6, 2011

Train The Trainer


NFPA 70E-2012 LV & HV 

Train The Trainer

 Dec 5-8,2011 

Louisville, KY


Amplitude FR
IEEE IAS Workshop Registration
Daytona Beach, FL
January 30-February 3, 2012


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October 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

September Survey Results 

Sep11 SUrvey


October Survey


 Has your organization had an arc flash incident 

in the last 5 years?

 Click HERE to take the Survey. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

hugh and laurie


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.

Click here to join ASTM F18.

ICUEE Article
IU Cover

Be sure to read Incident Prevention Magazine this month for Hugh Hoagland’s article on the 5 PPE Safety Challenges for 2012.

Haven’t subscribed? Click the link below to sign up for your FREE subscription!

 Click here to subscribe!

NETA News  

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

NFPA 70E 2012 is now out, with all e-Hazard classes available on the new materials.NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace

e-Hazard’s free update is online for Train the Trainer (TTT) attendees at in the Low Voltage (LV) folder.  The standard’s effective date is August 31, 2011. Old labels installed pre-September 30, 2011, will be grandfathered. New labels will have new requirements.

Our new Train the Trainer (TTT) class in Louisville in December 2011 will cover our materials on the new standard.

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

straight from NFPA. 

Click here to see our TTT class 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.

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.

  1. Stauffer Safety, Kevlar lined leather and does about 40 cal/cm² in the glove standard Style K900LEJKVF and Style GW19CSLJKV.
  2. Revco Arcster used to be Tigster Leather over FR cotton fleece (Style A60) 25 cal/cm².
  3. Superior Glove CarbonX with leather palm MXGXKL Glove 19 cal/cm² (one layer but warmer than leather).
  4. Mechanix Wear, Team Issue Level 5 Part Number CXG-L5 Glove 41 cal/cm².
  5. Mechanix Wear, Team Issue Level 10 Part Number CXG-L10 Glove 22 cal/cm²
  6. DEHN APG 10 Style 758798 Leather/Interlock Knit Gloves, 32 cal/cm² palm, back 45 cal/cm²
  7. 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
Nov 7-11
Dec 12-16
Jan 9-13

Feb 13-17
Mar 19-23
Apr 23-27
May 28- Jun 1
Jun 25-29
July 16-20


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.

New Electrician Face Shield

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.

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


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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