Update: ASTM F1506-20a Published
With this change, companies can meet NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269.
ArcWear provides 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.
This link also contains the CDC guide.
Neither ArcWear nor e-Hazard sells or promotes 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.
See this blog, Can I Wear an N95 or Other Respirator in an Arc Flash Exposure, for guidance on using N95 Masks when needed. See ArcWear Testing for State of CA and DOE.
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).
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).
Website | (519) 452-3780
Website | (800) 843-7657
Website | (800) 223-3372
Website | (801) 415-0023
Website | (847) 674-7900
Website | (866) 266-4035
Website | +61(7) 3265 2944
Website | (800) 385-5380
Majestic Fire Apparel Inc.
Website | (610) 377-6273
Ask about the Rhino Brand for utilities.
Website | (204) 774-2561 (Canada)
Website | (800) 553-0672 x2
Website | (800) 558-8290
Website | +44 (0)1482 679600
Website | (800) 527-3826
Website | +44 (0) 1302 890390
Website | (800) 348-1148
True North Gear
Website | (800) 356-3433
This article aims to emphasize the ideology of always assessing the risk; even when solutions appear to be perfect, there are always caveats or rules that should be considered.
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