Category: Burning Questions
Burning Questions
by , on July 13, 2018
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The short answer is, “‘Self-extinguishing’ means nothing for flash fire or arc flash.” Actually, because it could imply that the materials will “self-extinguish” safely in all conditions, we consider this term deceptive and dangerous. Self-exinguishing “Self-extinguishing”, or “SE”, is a relatively new term. “SE” is a marketing term used only by a few companies. No...
by , on June 14, 2018
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Q: I hear about grounding and bonding being so important in my plant’s electrical system. I am not from an electrical background. Can you explain why this is significant? A: The importance of grounding and bonding involves worker safety, equipment safety (protective device operation), and lightning protection. In order to control anything, you will have...
by , on April 20, 2018
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Question: The OSHA 1910.269 Standard says Fall Protection Equipment have to be FR, is this the same as Arc Rated? Answer: A harness is worn to protect the worker from falls, but it isn’t considered apparel and is not part of the arc rated body protection as specified in OSHA 1910.269(l)(8), “Protection from flames and...
by , on April 8, 2018
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Question: Can we expect some arc blast-rated PPE to arrive in the near future? Answer: Neither e-Hazard nor ArcWear know of anyone developing PPE for arc blast. To look at Arc Blast and how it could relate to PPE, ArcWear and e-Hazard researched another paper this year measuring the force (N) on an impact plate from...
by , on February 21, 2018
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Q: Regarding Arc Flash Hazard footwear — leather boots are recognized as adequate protection for hazards >12cal. What about insulated heavy rubber (“Mickey Mouse”) work boots? A: Rubber insulating boots (DI) boots meeting ASTM F2413 (DI) are tested for boot characteristics and for DI characteristics. This is done by using ASTM F1116 Standard Test Method...