Hugh Hoagland

Hoagland is ArcWear founder and an expert on electrical arc testing and safety. He has helped develop arc-rated rainwear and face shields and has numerous patents related to arc flash protection.

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What exactly is arc flash testing and why do I need it?

By Hugh Hoagland
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It's a reasonable question. If you don't know what it is, how can you know if you need it or not? Arc flash testing is the process of determining the arc rating for materials and equipment to be used in electrical hazardous environments. Arc ratings are important in assisting companies and manufacturers in staying compliant with OSHA regulations and in keeping their workforce safe in a potential arc flash situation.


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Qualified head protection in an arc flash situation

By Hugh Hoagland

Q. With the new head protection requirement according to the changes in OSHA standard 1910.269 and 1926.960, I am curious to know what qualifies as adequate protection in an arc hazard situation. Would a balaclava/goggle be considered adequate protection as an arc flash hood?


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Don’t get burned

Implement NFPA 70E & NESC arc flash training changes
By Hugh Hoagland
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OSHA hasn’t made major changes to the U.S. electrical safety standards since OSHA 1910.269 was created in 1994.


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What about my hands?

Multi-threat gloves meet arc flash protection
By Hugh Hoagland and Bill Shinn
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What about my hands? That question comes up in almost every electrical safety class.


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Arc Flash: Feel the heat

2012 standards spark significant changes
By Lee Hale, Hugh Hoagland, and Bill Shinn
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Changes to NFPA 70E and NESC (ANSI C2) will impact the workplace for flame resistant, arc rated clothing and work practices for electrical safety like no year in recent history. 


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TRAINING STRATEGIES: Preventing electrical fatalities

By Hugh Hoagland
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Many required pieces are in place to prevent electrical fatalities, but many of these aren’t clearly defined in OSHA law.


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Arc flash safety

By Hugh Hoagland
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Most of industry as well as government agencies now are required to comply with OSHA regulations, but some parts of the CFR apply only to specific industries. Standards like 1910.269 have specific arc flash requirements, but it only applies to electric utilities in certain work situations.
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