by , on August 27, 2015
You might ask what IS EFCOG? EFCOG is the Energy Facility Contractors Group of the DOE (Department of Energy). Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear & e-Hazard has participated in the electrical safety workshop which began in 2007. From the EFCOG website: Energy Facility Contractors Group’s Knowledge Portal EFCOG promotes excellence in all aspects of the operation, management,...
by , on August 26, 2015
Certain UL holographic labels have been reported stolen from a manufacturing plant in China. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying the public that any product bearing one of these labels has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety. None of these products with the stolen labels will therefore be known to comply...
by , on August 25, 2015
There is just a little less than a week left for companies to have some reprieve on some new OSHA 1910.269 guidelines. These guidelines have to do with estimating incident heat energy exposures and arc-rated garments – 1910.269(l)(8)(ii), (l)(8)(iv)(A)-(D), and (l)(8)(v). We posted a blog in April of this year regarding these guidelines. Read it...
by , on August 20, 2015
An Iowa State OSHA declaratory order has been petitioned to Iowa Occupational Safety and Health concerning linemen wearing short-sleeved  flame-resistant, arc rated shirts along with rubber insulating gloves with protectors and rubber insulating sleeves (Classes 0-4) that cover the whole arm. Their intent was to reduce heat stress for the workers, with summer temperatures sometimes climbing...
by , on August 20, 2015
Arcwear and e-Hazard have a list of articles* anyone can read if you have questions or concerns about electrical safety training, arc rated, personal protective equipment (PPE), arc flash testing standards, and even OSHA safety standards. One article on the e-Hazard website discusses the importance of an organization’s Reliability Centered Maintenance, or RCM.  It’s very much...
by , on August 17, 2015
What is multi-hazard PPE? We first heard the term in 2013 when DuPont Nomex-MHP introduced a fabric designed to protect against multiple industrial threats like electric arc, flash fire, and molten metal. Now MHP – multi-hazard protection – is becoming more popular and available as manufacturers create, test and certify PPE for multiple hazard exposures. Read...
by , on August 13, 2015
ASTM Standard F955  has been revised and is now F955-15. This is the Standard Test Method for Evaluating Heat Transfer through Materials for Protective Clothing Upon Contact with Molten Substances. This test method covers thermal resistance to heat transfer when the material is exposed to a molten substance pour, specifically aluminum, brass, and iron. The test...
by , on August 10, 2015
When it comes to doing simple or repetitive tasks,people are more apt to take risks in order to save time, please someone else by just getting the job done, or prevent being inconvenienced. The act of changing a light bulb in a ceiling fixture becomes hazardous when an unsteady chair is used to stand on...
by , on August 10, 2015
The Western Australian government has banned electrical work on energized equipment in their state. Special exceptions will be allowed in certain cases. The Commerce Minister hopes to have this regulation in effect by early 2016. Three deaths over the last two years sparked the movement to change current WA electrical work standards. One occurred in...
by , on July 31, 2015
Should I tuck the balaclava into the shirt or flash suit to meet OSHA 1910.260 or NFPA 70E? When testing balaclavas with face shields or with goggles, we typically do not tuck them since the act of tucking or not tucking is dependent on the worker and the material it is tucked into. However, best...
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