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Q&A Series: Retesting of Arc Rated (AR) Clothing

Curious about retesting requirements to determine the continued effectiveness of your arc rated clothing? This is the final Q&A in our 3-part series on the care, maintenance, and retesting of arc rated PPE. We end our segment with one question we are asked frequently: Q: Is some type of periodic garment/PPE testing required or recommended […]

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7 Electrical Safety Habits

The team at e-Hazard, an electrical safety training company,  has used insights from over 100 accident investigations to develop a list of 7 electrical safety habits aimed to prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace. The content is valuable for use in safety training programs and meetings, and the one-hour long video can be either rented or […]

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Q&A Series: Care of Arc-Rated (AR) PPE

End-users contact us frequently with questions regarding the use, care, and retest requirements of their arc-rated PPE. To help get the message out, we’ve compiled a series of 3 posts that answer the questions we are most commonly asked, and a list of standards that provide more information on caring for flame-resistant (FR) and arc-rated […]

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Arc Rated (AR) vs Flame Resistant (FR): Understanding the Difference

Similar but different – How do you tell the difference Between Arc Rated (AR), Flash Fire Rated (FFR), and Flame Resistant (FR)? In 2012, NFPA 70E changed the terminology referencing personal protective equipment (PPE); what was formerly referred to as FR (flame resistant) clothing is to be called Arc Rated or AR, according to the […]

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SEI Becomes Subsidiary of ASTM International

For Immediate Release ArcWear is proud to announce that our FlashCert program partner, Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), has become a subsidiary of ASTM International.  ArcWear has long served on ASTM committees and serviced the PPE community, doing most of the world’s arc flash testing with the Kinectrics laboratory.  All FlashCert partners offer services with a […]

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When Product Tests Fail: Tips from a Laboratory

Failures are a common, almost inevitable experience in product development. While it’s always disappointing, read on to learn three tips from a testing lab on how to mitigate risk and ease the painful effects of a product failure in testing. 1) Be actively involved in the process Our goal is to make sure you get the tests you need […]

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ANSI-ISEA 107 Update: What’s New in the 2015 Edition?

I’m too busy to read this. Please summarize the ANSI-ISEA 107-15 update. The standard was revised to merge ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207 to include all high-visibility safety products, including vests and accessories, under one new umbrella known as “HVSA”. Garment types were added to ease selection for type of use (Types: Off-road, Roadway, and Public safety). To […]

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FlashCert: Global Testing and Certifications in a Flash!

ArcWear, Kinectrics, BTTG, and SEI have partnered to offer new services under FlashCert: streamlined testing and certification for flame resistant clothing and PPE in the US and EU. Services offered include testing and certification for the following hazards: electric arc, flash fire, wildland firefighting, and welding. Further, the service was designed to simplify the certification […]

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