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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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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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What is IEC Box Arc Testing, and How Does it Compare to Open Air Arc Testing?

You may have heard of “box testing” or seen the standard designation for “IEC 61482-1-2”. What is this test, and how is it different from open-air arc testing and an ATPV or EBT arc rating? Box testing, as performed by IEC 61482-1-2, does not produce an arc rating. Instead, 2 different “arc protection” classes are […]

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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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