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In This Issue
November Survey Results: Arc Flash Incident?
December Survey: Adequate Safety Training?
New Team Member
ISHN Power 101
OSHA Fines this Month
Burn Up the Myth
Arc Test Dates
Proposed Non-Leather Glove Protector ASTM Standard
ASTM Standards Update
Electrical Safety & Accident News
Season’s Greetings

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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:

 IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop 


Daytona Beach, FL

Jan 31-Feb 3, 2012

Hugh Hoagland &

Mikhail Golovkov

1st Annual Pacific Coast Safety Fest

Dublin, CA

Feb 27 – March 2, 2012

Hugh Hoagland

Safety, Health & Environmental Professional Development Conference

ASSE Audubon Chapter & Tri-State Safety Ind’al Council

Univ of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN

May 8-9, 2012

Bill Shinn


Upcoming Classes


NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace


  NFPA 70E-2012 



NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training

Decatur, AL

January 24, 2012 


NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training

Atlanta, GA

February 7, 2012

 NFPA 70E Low VoltageQualified Training

Phoenix, A

February 9, 2012

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training

Seattle, WA

February 21, 2012

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

March 12, 2012


HV Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

March 13, 2012



NFPA 70E-2012 LV & HV   Train The Trainer 

Louisville, KY

March 12 – 15, 2012 


IEEE IAS Workshops
Daytona Beach, FL
January 30-February 3, 2012


IEEE Mega Workshop Calgary 2010
Edmonton, Alberta
March 19-21, 2012
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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

November Survey Results 

Is the electrical safety training


at your employment site adequate?

(39 respondents)



December 2011 Survey

December Survey
 Do more electrical safety accidents occur during the holidays at your place of employment?

 Click HERE to take the Survey. 

New Team Member


Pat Stagno


We are very pleased to welcome Pat Stagno to the e-Hazard Team of Instructors!  


Pat is well known across the country as a subject-matter expert on OSHA and Electrical Safe Work Practices, specializing in NESC, NFPA 70E,and Medium to High Voltage Substations and Underground Secondary Networks.  Pat has nearly 25 years of experience in the technical, safety, and utility fields, and is skilled at welding, sheet metal fabrication, HVAC installation and repair, pipefitting, plumbing, chemical/biological response, forklift & crane operation, and firefighting.  Pat comes with an impressive resume of certifications, and will be instructing our Low Voltage Qualified NFPA 70E, High Voltage Qualified, OSHA 10 Hour Transmission & Distribution, NESC Safety, and other courses.  


Be watching our website for an update to our Training Team Members’ page.


Hugh Hoagland named to ISHN POWER 101

e-Hazard and ArcWear founder, Hugh Hoagland, has been named one of ISHN’s Power 101 in safety this year.  As one of several ASSE members named, they will be featuring an ad recognizing this accomplishmnet in both the ISHN Power 101 issue and the February issue of the Profesional Safety Journal.  Hugh’s accomplishments in arc flash research, standards and training  were cited in him being chosen.Fuse used



Click here to visit ISHN Magazine webpage. 

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Click here to visit ASSE Professional Safety Journal webpage. 




In the current Winter 2011 issue (pages 73-74) of NETAWorld Journal is the published article by e-Hazard instructor, Al Havens, entitled “Medium Voltage Starter Control Circuit Safety Issue.” 


 Click here to visit NETA InterNational Electrical Testing Assn. 


NETA also 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 for further information on  Low Voltage Qualified NFPA 70E course.  


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.

Burn Up the Myth:
Arc Gloves & Cut Resistance
Q:  I have a small pilot program to reduce hand injuries.  We have been testing cut resistant Kevlar gloves from several manufacturers and they seem to be providing better protection to our lineman when they are splicing & termination URD cable.  After sitting in on your presentation during the ICUEE show, I have been wondering what would happen if one if the lineman would try to use these gloves as a liner inside their 20 KV gloves.


Has any of your testing involved these types of gloves?   Is Kevlar inherently FR (and Arc Resistant) or are there different types of Kevlar?


Is Kevlar inherently non-conductive or will Kevlar become conductive or allow electrical tracking at higher voltages or moisture levels (from sweaty hands).


If your testing has not involved these gloves, are you aware of other who might have tested them?


Thanks in advance,Kevlar Gloves




A: If you look below, ASTM is considering something similar to what you are proposing. The F18 committee has voted to consider developing a standard for cut resistant protectors which could offer advantages over leather.  If you are interested in the new standard you should let the chair of the taskforce know.  No products like this are on the market because they are not currently legal but if this standard can work through the ASTM F18 committee, it is likely to be allowed by NFPA 70E and OSHA law in the future.


I haven’t tested that specific glove but here are my thoughts.


Kevlar is excellent in arc flash.  The coating could be another matter.  Without the coating the Kevlar or many other blends could be excellent glove liners.  That being said, I have tested many Kevlar gloves like these and haven’t seen any with a coating that ignited.  Some could, but none have to date. 



Kevlar is non-conductive, but not like a rubber insulation but glove liners are normally cotton so Kevlar would excellent for a liner.  Kevlar would be just as good as a cotton glove liner and will not continue to burn and will not melt in arc flash.


I think you have a good glove for your use, but I’d look into the coating to make sure it doesn’t cause any issues under the rubber.  Pure Kevlar gloves would be fine for arc flash and cut resistance under the rubber gloves but some blends with Kevlar or Twaron (another brand of para-aramid) could work well too and migh be a little less costly and give other desirable qualities.


I have arc rated several gloves similar to the ones you are using:


PowerFlex from Ansell

Superior Glove



Youngstown Gloves


and others.


Good luck in doing innovative things to keep people safe and more comfortable. 


Hugh Hoagland

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates
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 shipping a signed hard-copy report
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.

Proposed Non-Leather Glove Protector ASTM Standards
Proposed ASTM F18 Standard for Rubber Glove Protectors Other Than Leather. Fuse used
The F18 committee voted to consider a separate standard for glove protectors other than leather. This is a chicken and egg issue since NFPA 70E and OSHA require ASTM F696 (leather ONLY) and D120 (rubber ONLY). Manufacturers interested in producing and end users interested in using protectors made of flame resistant/arc rated materials like Twaron, Kevlar, Modacrylic, Kermel, Nomex and others should contact Doug Lovette Chair of the ASTM subcommittee over worker protection.
To show interest in this becoming a standard e-mail Doug Lovette at

ASTM Standards Update
The following new ASTM standards and Work Items descriptions are available:

F1826 – Standard Specification for Live Line and Measuring Telescoping Tools has been reapproved, available as F1826-00(2011) developed by Committee F18.35, ASTM BOS Volume 10.03.


F712 – Standard Test Methods and Specifications for Electrically Insulating Plastic Guard Equipment for Protection of Workers has been reapproved, available as F712-06(2011) developed by Committee F18.25, ASTM BOS Volume 10.03.

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Electrical Safety & Accident News
Two Men Injured in an Electrical Accident at Caterpillar Facility in Illinois
12-29-2011 20:46:53 PM

Caterpillar has not released details but is working with authorities following an electrical accident at the Peoria facility.  One of the victims is in the hospital with serious burns to his arm, leg and abdomen.  The other has been released.  The two victims were working for another company at the Caterpillar factory. Click here to read […]…»


Good News Bad News Entergy Nuclear Plant Shut Down By Arc Flash
12-28-2011 00:30:56 AM

This is a classic good news/bad news story. Entergy’s Pallisades Nuclear Plant was shut down by an arc flash, electrical fault.  The good news is that “no workers were injured”.  In the past, a worker or two would have been hurt AND the plant would have  been shut down.  What might make spectacular news with […]…»

Arc Flash in Grocery Store in Old Lyme, CT December 08, 2011
12-28-2011 00:23:29 AM

Another grocery store arc flash. This is very sad and the lack of understanding is even worse.  It was a definitely arc flash but also a possible shock.  So many don’t realize the energy in 480V electrical systems in just about EVERY electrical room.  Grocery stores, malls etc.…»


Flash Fire at Polymer Plant: Combustible Dust or Arc Flash
12-28-2011 00:18:00 AM

Not enough information in this article but with previous citations on electrical guarding, combustible dust and carbon black, it could be combustible dust explosion or arc flash or both. Sad thing is flame resistant clothing would have likely prevented most of the burns in either case.  Clothing which meets NFPA 2112 or ASTM F1506 will […]…»

Caterpillar Contractor Suffers Arc Flash Burns Peoria, IL Dec. 19, 2011
12-28-2011 00:11:01 AM

An IBEW electrical contractor working on the Caterpillar site sustained arc flash burns in an electrical incident.  Knowing IBEW rules and Caterpillar rules it is most likely he was wearing arc rated clothing and following most of NFPA 70E.  …»

IAEI Magazine Article Page for Arc Flash Training Articles
12-27-2011 22:34:29 PM

Sharing arc flash information is the purpose of this blog.  We seek the best and least commercial information sources of arc flash. IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors) Magazine has several articles on arc flash and has one page dedicated to helping find them.…»

KY Adopts NEC 2011 with no exceptions making Arc Flash Labels Law in KY.
12-16-2011 16:28:22 PM

NEMA announced today that Kentucky adopted the NEC 2011 as law with no exceptions, this fundamentally makes Arc Flash Labels law in KY.  NEC gives adequate guide to how arc flash labels must be installed in Article 110.16. Read the NEMA Story on NEC adoption in KY.…»

Multi-Hazard Arc Flash Gloves for non-shock arc flash exposures
12-16-2011 13:46:43 PM

Superior Glove Newsletter article on non-shock arc flash and other hazard gloves.  These are for operators or ground crews exposed to arc flash possibilities but with no shock hazard. Click here to read Hugh Hoagland’s arc flash glove hazard article.…»

Arc Flash, Naples, FL Hotel Smart Meter Blast Possible 3rd Degree Burns with PPE, Dec. 15, 2011
12-16-2011 13:26:43 PM

The worker in this story is installing a new smart meter when the arc fault occured. Wearing close to right PPE.  Likely no energy calc.  He got burned but no clothing ignition.  Lucky and likely to have little life changing burns but PPE could have been better matched from this description. Wonderful that the fire […]…»

Arc Flash at Boeing Plant? Electrical Worker Hurt
12-13-2011 14:25:50 PM

When an electrical worker gets burned and the word explosion is mentioned, it is usually an arc flash.  Arc flash sustained by a worker are covered under OSHA hazard assessment requirements and both NFPA 70E and NESC.  Most workers are doing things they didn’t expect to get into an arc flash over. Click here to […]…»

Season’s Greetings
We at ArcWear and e-Hazard wish you and yours a Happy New Year.  Let’s make it a safe holiday season!
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Hugh Hoagland

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Louisville, KY 40223
Office: 502-333-0510


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