From OSHA’s final rule for electric power generation, transmission and distribution standard: Paragraph (l)(8)(v) of § 1910.269 requires employers, in certain situations, to select protective clothing and other protective equipment with an arc rating that is greater than or equal to the incident heat energy estimated under § 1910.269(l)(8)(ii).
OSHA has released a new factsheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help employers select appropriate personal protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus.
A two-sided quick reference guide to arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE) is available from Graphics Products. PPE is easily identified using a picture table. The guide highlights long sleeve shirts and pants, safety glasses and goggles, face shields and hoods, hearing protection, gloves, hard hats and full body suits.
Untreated cotton can ignite and continue to burn when subjected to incident heat energy above its ignition threshold (Tr. 467-469, 472). OSHA does not consider cotton clothing, which can ignite and pose a hazard itself, as constituting protective clothing with respect to electric arcs common to work covered by the final rule.
Similar but different - How to tell the difference Between Arc Rated (AR), Flash Fire Rated (FFR) and Flame Resistant (FR). In 2012, NFPA 70E changed the terminology referencing personal protective equipment (PPE); what was formerly referred to as FR (flame resistant) clothing is to be called Arc Rated or AR, according to the standard change.
State establishes mandatory guidelines for healthcare worker PPE, training
November 24, 2014
National Nurses United (NNU) is calling on OSHA and other states to follow the mandatory safeguards recently established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.
Revised World Health Organization (WHO) technical specifications for personal protective equipment (PPE) selection add an important dimension by including performance standards to PPE selection guidelines, according to the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).