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In This Issue
October Survey Results: Arc Flash Incident?
November Survey: Adequate Safety Training?
Video of Contaminants on PPE
Video Presentation at NSA Expo
“Arc Flash: Feel the Heat” Article
OSHA Fines this Month
IEEE 1584 Standards Set
Arc Test Dates
ArcWear Price Changes
ETAP Phone Application
FR Advisor Online Resource
Utility Specific OSHA Outreach Training
Electrical Safety & Accident News

ATTEND the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop

There are only a few things we attend every year. We want all our trainers to attend this EVERY year.


January 30 – February 3, 2012, Daytona Beach, Florida  


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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

Western Electric

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



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Upcoming Classes


NFPA 70E 2012 Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Low Voltage


  NFPA 70E-2012 


NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training 

Louisville, KY

December 5, 2011


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 Voltage Qualified Training

Seattle, WA

February 21, 2012

NFPA 70E Low Voltage Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

March 12, 2012

High Voltage


HV Qualified Training 

Louisville, KY

December 6, 2011


HV Qualified Training

Louisville, KY

March 13, 2012

Train The Trainer


NFPA 70E-2012 LV & HV   Train The Trainer 

Louisville, KY

March 12 – 15, 2012 

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


IEEE Mega Workshop Calgary 2010
IEEE IAS 2012 Electrical Safety Technical Mega Project Workshop
Edmonton, Alberta
March 19-21, 2012
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November 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

October Survey Results 

Has your organization had an arc flash incident

in the last 5 years?

43 Responses: 

 65.9% YES

34.0 % NO

 Has Your Company Had an Arc Flash in the Past 5 Years? 

November Survey


 Is the electrical safety training

at your employment site adequate?

 Click HERE to take the Survey. 

Video on Impact of Contaminants on PPE in the Work Environment

Electrical Safety Authority Ontario

The Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario commissioned a study on the impact of common work contaminants on PPE, utilizing ArcWear & Kinectrics as the testing source.
This 12-minute video  discusses conclusions reached regarding PPE in a working environment —  including laundering, contaminants, ear protection, FR vs arc-rated clothing, sweat, grease, etc.  This is a must-see for current testing results.


Click here to view the video, “Impact of Contaminants on PPE.”

Video Presentation from NSC Expo


Take a look at several video highlights from a recent presentation & interview given by me on arc flash at the Ansell booth during the National Safety Council Congress & Expo held this month in Philadelphia.

Click here to access the Ansell Safety Channel videos. 

ISHN Article on PPE

ISHN November 2011

Visit ISHN Magazine for my latest article on PPE:  Arc Flash:  Feel the Heat”.  

This article discusses how the latest changes to NFPA 70E and NESC (ANSI C2) impact the workplace for flame resistant, arc rated clothing.


Haven’t subscribed to ISHN 

 Click here to sign-up for free subscription.

Click here to read the article, “Arc Flash: Feel the Heat.”


NETAWorld Journal will be publishing in an upcoming issue an article by e-Hazard instructor, Al Havens, entitled “Medium Voltage Starter Control Circuit Safety Issue”.


Click here to visit NETA InterNational Electrical Testing Association. 


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 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. 

Fuse used


Click here to see the citations and our commentary.

IEEE 1584 Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations Standards Set

The 2011 IEEE 1584 Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations Standards Set is now available in one CD-ROM from the IEEE Standards Association. 


This set contains the PDF version of IEEE 1584-2002 Guide for Arc Flash Hazard Calculations, 2 Arc Flash Hazard Calculators & 3 Test Data files, PDF version of IEEE 1584-2004 Guide for Performing Arc-Flaash Hazard Calculations-Amendment1, and PDF version of IEEE 1584b-2011 Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations-Amendment2:  Changes to Clause 4.

Click here to place your order from IEEE Standards Assn Store.

ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates

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 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.

ArcWear™ Price Changes – Garment Testing 

ArcFlash pixThe testing procedure and cost of garment testing (ASTM F2621 and IEC 61482-1 Method B) will be changing as of December 1, 2011. These changes are related to our new ISO-17025 accreditation process. Beginning in December 2011, garment tests will be conducted using two (2) garments. It will be important that you provide three (3) of each garment that is to be tested. The additional garment is necessary in cases were an additional shot might be necessary. The price for a garment test will be $1,500. This price includes washing for ASTM F2621.


Click here to view the full ArcWear Price List. Please note that there are also some changes to the fees for additional reports, revisions, and signed original reports.


Should you need assistance in pricing a specific job, please feel free to contact Patrice Stevens ( and she can provide you with the specific information you may need.


As always, my goal is to meet your arc testing needs, so please feel free to contact me whenever I can be of assistance to you. I appreciate your business and the relationship that we have developed.

Click here to visit

iPhone Apps for Electrical
etapETAP has introduced etap2, an iPhone app that links to a host of features that deliver the latest info and services onto your iPhone and similar iOS devices.  Included is an Arc flash calculator, latest news, training & events, on-the-go support, videos & tutorials, social media links, and contact info.  We found it pretty amazing that someone had an electrical app for an iPhone that did more than calculate impedence on cables.
Click here to download the etap demo.

I personally have these apps for electricians on my phone:

Electrical Pro
Electrician’s Handbook
Here is another site that has 100 iPhone apps for electricians.

FR Advisor Online Resource

The FR Advisor is an online resource created to answer key questions that safety managers have when evaluating a flame-resistant program.  Designed around four important FR themes – protection, comfort, value and standards – the FR Advisor is a self-paced learning tool that allows you to learn more about aspects of FR clothing.  Just updated is “Know Your FR III:  A New Way to Learn About FR” from  This is run by Westex and Workrite but very balanced on things you need to think about.

Click here to access the online resource at

Utility-Specific OSHA Outreach Training
 The OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Keene State College, is offering Utility-Specific OSHA Outreach Training as taught by e-Hazard instructor, Lee Marchessault.

NCSH 472 Utilities Plus Contruction Outreach Program (U+COP) focuses specifically on the requirements of the OSHA Outreach Training Program for Construction with customization relevant to utility employees and their contractors.
NCSH 473 Utility Training Techniques Course provides 500 Level Construction Outreach Trainers with key principles and teaching techniques to deliver a customized utility-specific 10 hour Construction Outreach training program.

Electrical Safety & Accident News
NSC Covers NFPA 70E 2012 in Safety and Health Magazine
11-29-2011 10:32:53 AM

NSC covering NFPA 70E shows how mainstream arc flash and even electrical safety have gone.  It is a wonderful change from 17 years ago when we were fighting to bring arc flash standards for testing in ASTM F18. At that time NFPA 70E didn’t even mention arc flash as an electrical hazard. The 1995 change […]…»


Three California men injured in electrical explosion
11-28-2011 16:38:24 PM

Three men were injured after a transformer exploded while they were replacing an above ground power vault.   One of the injured is an employee of Anaheim Public Utilities and the other two were under contract with the City of Anaheim. All three were hospitalized.  Police report that their clothing caught fire in the explosion. Oct. 26, 2011 […]…»


MSHA reports electrical fatality September 13, 2011
11-28-2011 16:36:39 PM

A 38 year old miner was killed September 13, 2011, when he opened the 480 V feeder box and began to remove the leads.  He received a fatal shock.  He was working at a portable sand and gravel operation.  The full investigation has not yet been published. Click here to read more about the electrical mining […]…»


Anthropomorphic Robot for Testing Chemical Protection Clothing.
11-28-2011 16:34:25 PM

Boston Dynamic has created, PETMAN,  an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing. The robot balances itself, can move freely and can simulate human physiology within a protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and even sweating.  Its range of motion and fluidity of movement are remarkable – take a look at the linked  video. Cick here to read more […]…»


Supervisor Fined $11K, ThyssenKrupp, Canada Fined $160K Following Arc Flash Incident
11-28-2011 16:33:36 PM

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., was fined $160K for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. A supervisor was fined $11K.  In 2009, a worker sustained serious electrical burns when a a bare conductor touched the side of of the electrical panel on which he was working.  The Ministry of Labour found […]…»


18 Year-Old Australian Dies in Electrical Incident in Bali
11-28-2011 16:32:12 PM

An 18 year old Australian tourist died when he came in contact with a metal pole while walking past a work site in Bali. Click here to view a video regarding the Bali electrocution…»


Developer of Milk Protein and Whey-Based Products Defies Fed-OSHA
11-28-2011 16:31:38 PM

Milk Specialties Co. (MSC) has refused to provide OSHA access to an internal report of an alleged combustible dust explosion that occurred in August,2011.  OSHA had a subpoena issued to help determine it employees were exposed to dust hazards.  The company contends that providing the report would violate attorney-client privilege Click here to read more about […]…»

Video – The Effect of Contaminants on Arc Rated Clothing
11-28-2011 16:23:31 PM

ESA commissioned a major study on arc flash contaminants.  The full paper will be offered at the IEEE-ESW but a preview of the study is shown here. Hugh Hoagland, arc flash safety expert from and did the study.  Hugh and his partners work on NFPA 70E and do arc flash training and offer […]…»


University of Wisconsin – Madison Electrician Dies in Electrical Incident.
11-28-2011 16:21:13 PM

A UW-Madison electrician was electrocuted while working on repairs at a university building. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services investigated and cited three safety code violations related to the incident  The University did not complete hazard assessments and did not train employees based on assessments. In addition, the electrician had not received training on how to […]…»

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
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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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