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Do Bleach and Fabric Softener Really Harm FR and AR Fabrics?

ArcWear staff performed a limited study to evaluate the effects of both hydrogen and chlorine bleach and fabric softener on a common cotton-nylon fabric in a controlled laboratory setting. The study was published as a Selected Technical Paper in the ASTM International Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 10th Volume, Risk Reduction Through Research and […]

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NFPA 70E 2018 PDF Now Online with NEW Conformity Requirements and Annex on PPE Conformity

Most manufacturers are self-declared on conformity assessment for arc flash PPE, but the new standard requires them to state how they are conforming in 130.7(C)(14).  It recommends use of ANSI 125 in an informational note and in Section H.4.  Note ANSI 125 requires retesting every 5 years; this is a big change which end users […]

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New Edition of ASTM F2733 Published!

ASTM F2733-17 has been published. The changes to this document are minimal and are mainly editorial or for clarification purposes; testing and compliance are not affected by the published changes.   Be aware of the new edition, and be sure your test reports are cited accordingly.   Need annual retesting to ASTM F2733 or have […]

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ASTM Issues New ASTM F2178-17 Standard for Arc Flash Face Protective Devices offers Substantial Improvements

The new standard clarifies that the fabric in fabric based hoods can be the limiting factor in an arc rating.  While ArcWear’s arc flash testing has always assumed this, other labs have wondered.  This will keep hoods from being over-rated, a concern ArcWear has always addressed. The other changes may not affect ratings but will […]

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Arc Rated PPE for Women

Looking for PPE for women that meets ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112? Finding the right fit can be a challenge–check out this list of suppliers (brought to you by e-Hazard) that have developed PPE specially made to fit women. Arc-Rated PPE for Women https://www.e-hazard.com/blog/arc-rated-ppe-for-women/ Posted by e-Hazard.com on Tuesday, July 25, 2017    

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ASTM F1959 or ASTM F2675? Which Test Should Be Used for Gloves?

Question: Should I be Testing FR Gloves for Arc Flash Exposures to ASTM F1959 or ASTM F2675? Answer: Today, gloves should be tested to ASTM F2675. ASTM F2675 is a specific test for gloves. ASTM F1959 is used to test flat fabrics on a panel. ASTM F2675 allowed materials previously tested on panels to be […]

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What Does Flame Resistant (FR) Really Mean, and How Do We Test it in Protective Clothing?

You hear requests for flame resistant (FR) clothing and gloves all the time…but what does that really mean? What is an end user with this request expecting from you? Have you ever been in a situation where it seems impossible, and even like a liability, to label a product as FR when there are no […]

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Q&A Series: What are the Retest Requirements for Arc Flash PPE?

Q: What are the retest requirements for arc flash PPE? A: This is a question we get a lot, and we hear it from both manufacturers and end users. Read on to learn when arc testing should be repeated. MANUFACTURERS Garments In the U.S., there is currently no requirement to retest for arc ratings in ASTM […]

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ASTM F2302 Withdrawn by ASTM

ASTM F2302, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, is no longer an active standard. At the latest ASTM meeting held early this month in Norfolk, Virginia, the ASTM F23 Technical Committee on Personal Protective Equipment voted to withdraw ASTM F2302.  While the scope of the standard specifically stated that it did […]

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Using Technical Research to Power Your Market

We live in a world of constant evolution and advancements in technology. In the flame-resistant and arc-rated apparel industry, it’s more important than ever to use science to showcase your products and technology. The benefits of taking a research-based approach to sales, marketing, and development are vast and we want to tell you why you should make […]

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