by , on June 24, 2015
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Q. Do arc rated gloves use HRC/ARC Level codes, or is that reserved for garments? Should we wear HRC/ARC on glove? I lost track of how official the glove standard is. Is it all done and official or not official yet? A. The new glove standard, ASTM F2675 – 13, is official, but there is no official statement...
by , on June 17, 2015
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 Q: My understanding is that layering AR PPE is only allowed if those garments have been tested together per (ASTM) F1959 to verify compatibility and establish performance data; is this still the case?  A: Layers have to be tested as a system to be used as more than the highest individual layer. Many authors with...
by , on June 16, 2015
So who carries the responsibility of paying for Personal Protective Equipment at the workplace? A few interesting questions were asked of OSHA last year on who pays for the personal protective equipment at a workplace. Specifically, can an employee be required to pay a deposit on the PPE as an incentive to return the PPE...
by , on June 12, 2015
Summertime usually means relaxation, family time, and fun in the water. But things can potentially turn sour when people decide to swim too close to marinas and private docks. When not maintained, the electrical systems that provide power to watercraft have the potential to leak electrical current into the water. In 2012, tragedy struck two...
by , on June 10, 2015
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Q: Why are ASTM F887 Harnesses tested to 40 cal/cm² and not lower? A: In the ArcWear research leading up to this standard, many years ago the U.S. Electric utilities looked at the best harnesses on the market and determined that Nylon and Kevlar harnesses with the proper keepers, arc rated coverings for labels and a...
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