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Short Sleeved AR with Rubber Insulating Sleeves: An ArcWear Study

We have completed a study of AR short sleeved shirts worn UNDER Rubber insulating sleeves for three utilities which have requested this to be published and made available to OSHA. The digest of the study is that we could not see energy getting far enough down a sleeve to burn skin from the back (even […]

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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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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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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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