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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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2018 Edition of NFPA 2112 Has Been Published!

What’s New in the NFPA 2112 (Industrial Flash Fire) 2018 Edition? The term “flash fire” was updated to”short-duration thermal exposure” Scope, testing, and requirement additions for gloves and shrouds/hoods/balaclavas (manikin testing is not included or required for these items) ASTM F2894 (with modification) was added as the method for heat and thermal shrinkage (oven testing). […]

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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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Incident Prevention Article: Secondary FR Garments

Image Courtesy of DuPont.   Disposables have come a long way in the past several years, but the industry is still lacking standards to help manufacturers and end users determine compliance.  A new standard, ANSI/ISEA 203, is underway to change that.   Read our article in the newest edition (September-October 2017) of Incident Prevention to learn more […]

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FR Industry Update: VF Corporation to Acquire Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

Yesterday, VF Corporation announced an agreement to acquire Williamson-Dicke Mfg. Co. in the fourth quarter. This acquisition marks a partnership between two of the biggest players in the flame resistant and arc rated clothing industry; brands such as Workrite®, Walls®, and Dickies® will join the likes of Bulwark® and Red Kap® under the VF Imagewear umbrella of brands. Read more […]

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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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Trends in Personal Protective Equipment by Safety + Health Magazine

Every year, Safety + Health Magazine asks experts to provide a look into the future of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read the 2017 article to learn about the current challenges faced by customers and our industry, and what’s ahead for PPE innovation, testing, and technology. You can also view the full July Edition of Safety + […]

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NFPA 2112 Q&A: Component Recognition Explained

You may have heard about “component recognition” or wondered about supplying or purchasing certified components compliant to NFPA 2112. Below are some common questions regarding components and certification and answers on how to navigate the waters.   Q: What does component certification mean? What about component recognition? What’s the difference? For NFPA 2112, components refer […]

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