by , on July 6, 2015
Hugh Hoagland and Stacy Klausing have explained the changes concerning 2015 NFPA and OSHA 1910.269 standards. This blog briefly touches on some of the topics they cover. One change in the NFPA 70E is that the term “Hazard Risk Category” (HRC) has been replaced by “PPE level” or “arc rated PPE category” (ARC).  HRC 0...
by , on July 2, 2015
Hugh Hoagland was the presenter on a webcast titled “ “Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions.”   He also answered several more questions about PPE after the webcast. Both the webcast and the question/answer session were organized by Plant Engineering online magazine. Some of the questions that came up concern wearing gloves,...
by , on June 29, 2015
Employers need to be aware of an OSHA 1910.269 enforcement date coming up. OSHA 1910.269 applies to the transmission, distribution, and generation of electricity. Information Transfer Until June 30, 2015, no citations will be issued to host employers (as defined at 29 CFR 1910.269(x) and 29 CFR 1926.968) under the information-transfer provisions at 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(3) and 29...
by , on June 24, 2015
Burning Questions Arc Flash
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 23, 2015
NEW ASTM standard for fabric specifications for welding, grinding, and cutting operations is under development: WK50403. This is a real improvement in welder safety.  There is no standard for welding clothing or for welding PPE other than eye protection for that matter.  ArcWear and e-Hazard support this new standard. ASTM offers descriptions of work items in the...
by , on June 22, 2015
NFPA 70E is the Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace. If you think the NFPA 70E could use some rewording, include more information, or have some information taken out, the public has a chance to bring their two cents worth to the committee’s attention. This is the window of opportunity for those in the...
by , on June 17, 2015
 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
Q: Why are 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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