Author: Hugh Hoagland
Hugh Hoagland
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.

by , on May 1, 2019
Is that Electrical Wire De-Energized? A worker in New Jersey escaped injury after a power line fell to wet ground and arc flashed. How much energy is there? Probably very low from an arc flash perspective since the fault current would be low, the arc gap length was VERY small from the side of the...
by , on April 10, 2019
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Dowa THT America, Inc., of Bowling Green, OH, has been issued several citations from OSHA. Proposed fines total over $1,300,000. The company was cited for twenty-five willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations. One of those citations includes failure of the employer to provide PPE for employees that would protect them from electrical shock and arc flash....
by , on March 19, 2019
Our article on AR and FR gloves came out in the February-March 2019 edition of Incident Prevention. In Specifying Arc-Rated and Flame-Resistant Gloves , Stacy Klausing and I discuss the different standards for shock and arc flash protection for gloves. We offer five steps to help you decide which gloves to buy for your employees: Use...
by , on February 15, 2019
Question on PPE We recently became aware of a worksite which was auditing a contractor’s PPE for compliance to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910 standards. A contractor was using the pictured arc flash safety hood. At first glance, it appeared a mistake had been made by the manufacturer inserting a 25 cal/cm² faceshield into a...
by , on February 8, 2019
Today NFPA announced that the balloting is finished on the Public Input Balloting Stage of NFPA 70E 2021.  Now we are on to the comment stage.  Everyone can put in public proposals and everyone can comment on the proposals that passed AND the proposals that failed. If you feel very strongly about a proposal, you...
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