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October 2013

Take a minute to check out ArcNews this month for important information on electrical safety!
Don’t miss our article on the impact of bug spray on FR clothing and check out our schedule of classes and upcoming webinars and conferences – we’d love to see you!

Our Q&A this month has important information on hard hat labels. If you have an electrical safety question, let us know and maybe it will be in an upcoming issue.
Q&A with e-Hazard/ArcWear: Hard Hat Stickers

Burning Question

Q.  Many of our customers require stickers on their hard hats to signify safety training compliance at their facility. At a recent safety training meeting, a question about these stickers came up. Are there any specific regulations that cover this issue? As related to arc flash, do stickers pose a significant hazard?  


A.  Good question. Basically, OSHA doesn’t like the idea but leaves it up to the employer to prove there was no damage to the hard hat. One or two stickers on a hard hat most likely won’t hurt anything. Arc testing, as well as dielectric testing, has shown no negative effects on non-electrically conductive stickers (paper or polymers).


Hardhat Squeeze Test Animated
Hardhat Squeeze Test (Animated)

Limit the stickers and do the squeeze test regularly on your hats (see the video on the right).  When you squeeze the hard hat from the side there should be no sound, no crackle. Replace them as required and they should be fine.     


Our colleague Dwayne Towles of Advanced Safety and Health provides some valuable information on his blog regarding this topic. He cites an article from Bullard on sticker placement which is very helpful.  


Hugh Hoagland


For more information see these related websites:
OSHA Standard Interpretations on Adhesive Stickers

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NFPA Issues Two TIAs To The 2112 Flash Fire Clothing Standard 


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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued two tentative interim amendments (TIA) this year to NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel against Flash Fire.
The first TIA (12-1, issued March 7, 2013 and effective March 27, 2013) addresses the testing of garments with multiple and separable layers. The document now states that if the flame-resistant garment has multiple layers intended to be worn separately, the outer layer itself must be tested, and the inner layer(s) must be tested separately for compliance. It also addresses multiple layer FR garments intended to be worn together as one garment; in this case, only the outer layer of the garment has to be tested.

The second TIA (12-2, issued August 1, 2013 and effective August 20, 2013) clarifies differences between “interlining” and “cold weather insulation material” and addresses the testing required for cold weather insulation materials.


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Bug Spray Use and FR Clothing

We recently received a question about the use of bug spray on FR clothing in areas null where bugs and other pests might be a factor in the workplace. Many work sites are located in areas where bugs can be a nuisance, especially when wearing hot or cumbersome PPE. The use of these repellents largely depends on the type and amount of spray used by the wearer. 


Our recommendation is to use a water-based permethrin on the clothing and use DEET wipes on the areas of skin which are exposed. This gives the most effective protection with little risk of hydrocarbon loading.  


For more information and recommendations, check out this article from a previous e-newsletter.


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