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by , on March 22, 2017
Arc rated (AR) clothing has come a long way in the last two decades. In the 1990s, there were fewer options limited to only a handful of  industries. Today, along with a larger market of industries that require arc rated clothing, the choices have increased for fabrics, now available in different colors, patterns, and arc...
by , on March 20, 2017
Choosing PPE for your employees can be a daunting task. You not only have to decide the appropriate pieces to purchase, but you also must consider your employees’ comfort and the proper donning and use of each PPE. Then you’ll want to teach your employees how to care for your investment. Feeling overwhelmed? You are...
by , on March 15, 2017
Question: I have been asked by our Radiation Safety (at a nuclear power plant) manager if there is a known hazard with wearing nitrile gloves under voltage rated rubber gloves with leather protectors. Our company’s consensus is that even if a person were subjected to a 40 calorie event, there would not be enough heat transfer...
by , on February 24, 2017
Q: Does winter wear or rainwear worn by an electrical worker have to be AR or just FR? A: Standards including NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269 require garments not to increase burns in the event of an arc flash. Both prohibit melting materials like polyester and nylon from being worn unless they are arc rated...
by , on February 10, 2017
Get your arc flash and shock PPE right the first time! Learn how to choose your arc-rated gear for multiple hazards, and the features that really matter. Rather than just going for the lowest price, what do you include in a spec to get exactly what you want, and how do you layer for protection...
by , on January 17, 2017
Utilizing fall protection is an important part of the job for an electrician who works in elevated work spaces. Just recently, we published a short article on a Jacksonville worker who fell from 12 feet after receiving an electrical shock. Many other stories are out there that describe the trauma of falling from heights because...
by , on January 5, 2017
Question: Your company provided training for us earlier this year, and I was hoping that you could help us with an electrical PPE question I had. The PPE requirements for a hazard risk category 1 state that an arc rated face shield is required. Under the footnotes in the HRC table, it states that the...
by , on December 15, 2016
Q: We understand that OSHA 1910.269 recommends and NFPA 70E requires Arc Rated shirts to be tucked in. We are an electric utility cooperative. If an AR (Flame Resistant, Arc Rated) t-shirt is worn that matches the hazard and the AR t-shirt is tucked in and an outer AR shirt is also worn, primarily for...
by , on November 23, 2016
Questions still arise about how safe it is to wear contact lenses when working in an area that poses an arc flash risk. Fake News Even in Safety…. A story still circulating around the workplace is about a U.S. worker who was wearing his contact lenses when he was exposed to a welding arc. According...
by , on November 18, 2016
While we do not endorse any fabric or garment, we do seek to let you know when unique products reach the market.  Here is another one. Workrite Uniform Co. has developed a new Dickies FR denim jean line using Mount Vernon FR’s flame resistant (FR) fabric. The mid-weight denim collection features a 13-ounce FR fabric...