Q: Is there an ASTM F1506 revision before which I should not use the PPE any longer?
I have been collecting PPE that is no longer being used by certain individuals, so that they could be inspected, clean and reissued.
For example, I have some suits that look good, but they were certified to ASTM F1506-15. Lots of revisions have come out since then.
Is it okay to still use these garments?
A: Only the 1998 version of ASTM F1506 causes any concern from a standardization perspective.
It did not include an arc rating.
But you are very unlikely to find anything labeled to that standard.
I would be concerned only with something OVER 10 years old (that is a rule of thumb for firefighter’s turnout gear).
Face shields and hard hats should be replaced every 5 years according to most companies. Suspension in the hard hat should typically be replaced every 1-2 years (nothing to do with arc flash on suspensions).
Obviously, if a manufacturer recommends any other frequencies, follow their advice. But these are good rules of thumb.
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