by , on September 8, 2015

Flashcert offered insight for new proposed language for NFPA 70E 2018 for arc rated PPE testing.

(NEW) 130.7(C)(17)Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment.  

(1) All personal protective equipment referenced in Table 130.7(C)(14) and Table 130.7(F) shall comply with the associated referenced standard.

(2) Effective January 1, 2018, all personal protective equipment shall comply with ANSI/ISEA 125 American National Standard for Conformity Assessment of Safety and Personal Protective Equipment Level 1, 2 or 3 in its entirety, and shall be marked in accordance with ANSI/ISEA 125 Section 9.

ANSI/ISEA 125 provides for 3 different levels of conformity assessment: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Article 130.7(C)(17)(2) allows for the manufacturer or supplier to choose any of the 3 levels of conformity assessment.

Level 1 conformity is where the supplier or manufacturer is making a self-declaration that a product meets all of the requirements of the standard(s) to which conformance is claimed. A supplier Declaration of Conformity for each product is required to be made available for examination upon request.

Level 2 conformity is where the supplier or manufacturer is making a self-declaration that a product meets all of the requirements of the standard(s) to which conformance is claimed; the supplier or manufacturer has a registered ISO 9001 Quality Management System; and all testing has been carried out by an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory. A supplier Declaration of Conformity for each product is required to be made available for examination upon request.

Level 3 conformity is where the products are certified by an ISO 17065 accredited independent third party certification organization (CO). All product testing is directed by the CO, and all changes to the product must be reviewed and retested if necessary. Compliant products are issued a Declaration of Conformity by the CO and products are marked with the CO’s mark or label.

 


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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