ArcWear Publishes Guidance for FR/AR Cloth Face Coverings as ASTM Ballots Permanent Solution

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ArcWear Publishes Guidance for FR/AR Cloth Face Coverings as ASTM Ballots Permanent Solution

ASTM is balloting a modification to ASTM F1506 to allow easy labeling of FR/AR cloth face coverings for electrical workers. This process takes 45-120 days minimum.  

With this change, companies can meet NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269.  

ArcWear is providing  preliminary guidance for manufacturers and end users. 

IF a mask isn’t labeled with an arc rating, ask the manufacturer if the fabric meets ASTM F1506 for now.  

ArcWear FR/AR Cloth Face Covering Preliminary Guidance Using ASTM F1506 Tested Fabrics.

This link also contains the CDC guide.

Neither ArcWear nor e-Hazard sell or promote specific brands of  PPE. If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to contact ArcWear or e-Hazard.  Helping workers keep safe from arc flash and flash fire has been our mission since our founding in 1997.

For guidance on using N95 Masks when needed, see ArcWear Testing for State of CA and DOE.

Click Here for a PDF of our presentation on AR/FR CFC’s and Arc Flash Exposure.

Note: OSHA has offered guidance that CDC recommended Clothing Face Coverings should be followed unless other measures are adequate.  Just don’t increase arc flash hazards with your face covering.

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Big thanks to ASTM for offering all their COVID-19 related standards for FREE during this pandemic to assist in proper manufacturing (even though this is their main source of income as a not-for-profit).

To say thanks, JOIN ASTM. It’s only $75 per year.

 

List of Arc-Rated Cloth Face Coverings Suppliers (e-Hazard and ArcWear do NOT sell or promote any products but are offering this as a service in the crisis).

AGO
Website | (519) 452-3780

Berne Apparel
Website | (800) 843-7657

Bulwark
Website | (800) 223-3372

Chapman (CarbonX)
Website | (801) 415-0023

Chicago Protective
Website | (847) 674-7900

DRIFIRE
Website | (866) 266-4035

Elliot Australia
Website | +61(7) 3265 2944

ErgoDyne
Website  | 800-225-8238

LAPCO
Website | (800) 385-5380

Majestic Fire Apparel Inc.
Website | (610) 377-6273

MWG Apparel
Website | (204) 774-2561 (Canada)

NSA
Website | (800) 553-0672 x2

PGI Industries
Website | (800) 558-8290

ProGARM
Website | +44 (0)1482 679600

Revco
Website  | (800) 527-3826

Skanwear
Website | +44 (0) 1302 890390

Stanco Manufacturing
Website | (800) 348-1148

True North Gear
Website 

Tyndale
Website | (800) 356-3433

 

Hugh Hoagland

does research and testing of PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Hugh is a Sr. Consultant at ArcWear and Sr. Partner at e-Hazard. Read more about Hugh.

This Post Has 6 Comments

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    Pam Dickens

    So is there any supplier who has FR/AR face masks available now? We are looking for this PPE for our electrical team.

    1. Hugh Hoagland
      Hugh Hoagland

      Here is the article that has the list. We will update this as we learn more.

      Many may not have them listed on their website easy to find so call if you don’t seem them online.
      /arcwear-publishes-guidance-for-fr-ar-cloth-face-coverings-as-astm-ballots-a-permanent-solution/

    2. Hugh Hoagland
      Hugh Hoagland

      I am linking to all the known Arc Rated Cloth Face Coverings that we know of to this article.
      Thanks Pam.

      Hugh

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    George Cole

    Good information and badly needed guidance during this current crisis that caught everyone off guard.

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    Floyd Pleger

    Our company has 200 masks made from Vinex coming from a local supplier. I doubt if they are labeled yet, but it is the same material as our class 2 daily wear. It is also molten metal rated, so our casting production folks can use it also

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    Robert LeRoy

    Thanks again for the info and eHazard forward thinking. Just received my order of 100 masks after a one month lead time. They are appropriately marked with HRC # and cal/cm2. Since the group of folks these are purchased for are in oil and gas which requires field clothing must be FR, my concern is wearers may now think the mask is a substitute for a balaclava. Shouldn’t be needed for the well-informed but perhaps a “not 70E compliant” on the label or packaging might be prudent. These masks do say they are 70E compliant. True that for “nothing inside the arc-flash boundary” that may melt, etc. but not covering the side and back of the head and “all parts of the body inside the AFB when needed would make them non-compliant. Understand all PPE is not for all tasks but the labeling as it is now may confuse. Another point to add to the training content. Guaranteed we are going to start seeing workers replace masks for balaclavas due to comfort and view masks as just something else in their arsenal to choose for electrical protection due to its marking. Appreciate all you are doing.

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