Use of this term began picking up in 2013 when Nomex-MHP was introduced, a fabric designed to protect against multiple industrial threats like electric arc, flash fire, and molten metal. Now  multi-hazard protection-- MHP – is becoming a more popular term as manufacturers create, test and certify PPE for multiple hazard exposures.

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Proposed NFPA 70E 2018 PPE Change
Heads up to PPE suppliers and Specification Writers

The new NFPA 70E 2018 has an internal proposal requiring all PPE to meet the conformity assessment requirements of ANSI/ISEA 125 Level 1, 2 or 3.  Each level is allowed since the committee did not choose to require third party certification. In our interaction testifying to the taskforce, there was concern about third party certification for all components being monopolized, which could remove the true expertise from the testing and stifle innovation and niche products that we have in arc flash versus flash fire garments.  

Here is the new proposed language made public by ASTM F18 for our upcoming meeting:

"(NEW) 130.7(C)(17)Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment.  

(1) All personal protective equipment referenced in Table 130.7(C)(14) and Table 130.7(F) shall comply with the associated referenced standard.

(2) Effective January 1, 2018, all personal protective equipment shall comply with ANSI/ISEA 125 American National Standard for Conformity Assessment of Safety and Personal Protective Equipment Level 1, 2 or 3 in its entirety, and shall be marked in accordance with ANSI/ISEA 125 Section 9. 

ANSI/ISEA 125 provides for 3 different levels of conformity assessment: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Article 130.7(C)(17)(2) allows for the manufacturer or supplier to choose any of the 3 levels of conformity assessment.

Level 1 conformity is where the supplier or manufacturer is making a self-declaration that a product meets all of the requirements of the standard(s) to which conformance is claimed. A supplier Declaration of Conformity for each product is required to be made available for examination upon request. 

Level 2 conformity is where the supplier or manufacturer is making a self-declaration that a product meets all of the requirements of the standard(s) to which conformance is claimed; the supplier or manufacturer has a registered ISO 9001 Quality Management System; and all testing has been carried out by an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory. A supplier Declaration of Conformity for each product is required to be made available for examination upon request. 

Level 3 conformity is where the products are certified by an ISO 17065 accredited independent third party certification organization (CO). All product testing is directed by the CO, and all changes to the product must be reviewed and retested if necessary. Compliant products are issued a Declaration of Conformity by the CO and products are marked with the CO’s mark or label."

ArcWear has compiled an outline to summarize the 3 levels of ANSI/ISEA 125 below.

Public comment will open on this language and everyone will have an opportunity to weigh in.  Just be aware.

You can be involved in the process.  

Second Draft
Public Comment Closing Date: 5/16/2016
Second Draft Report Posting Date: 1/16/2017

ArcWear can help you to meet ANSI/ISEA 125 Level 1, 2, 3 with our new  FlashCert services.  

Cleveland, Ohio – September 1st, 2015 ‐ National Safety Apparel (NSA), a leading manufacturer

of safety apparel, has acquired the TECGEN® brand of technologically advanced safety apparel designed for use in a wide range of industries including petrochemical and electrical power, from INVISTA Ashburn Hill LLC.

The acquisition of the TECGEN® brand further increases National Safety Apparel’s portfolio of premium flame resistant (FR) brands. TECGEN® brand products will be promoted to National Safety Apparel’s distributor‐partners in conjunction with existing brands like ArcGuard®, Carbon Armour™, Arc H2O™, and CARBONCOMFORT™. The addition of the TECGEN® brand further validates NSA’s commitment to building a house of PPE brands for their customers.

Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel, is quoted as saying “This acquisition further strengthens NSA’s position as the leader in high‐performance FR garments. We continue to look for strategic acquisitions that complement our organic growth in the protective clothing markets that we serve. “

Anthony Green, INVISTA’s Global Business Director of FR apparel, said “The timing was good for National Safety Apparel to acquire the TECGEN® brand assets. This adds a strong brand to their growing portfolio. INVISTA will continue to focus our capabilities on developing innovative technology-based solutions for workwear, military and consumer applications where performance and protection create value for our customers.”

National Safety Apparel is a leading USA manufacturer for six key industrial markets: Arc Flash, Flash Fire, Heat & Thermal, Cut, High Visibility, and FR/AR Rainwear. Since 1935, workers across the country have relied on NSA’s safety apparel and quality craftsmanship.

If you would like additional information, please contact Alisha Hay, Director of Marketing at

1‐800‐553‐0672, ext 846 or Email to

An Iowa State OSHA declaratory order has been petitioned to Iowa Occupational Safety and Health concerning linemen wearing short-sleeved  flame-resistant, arc rated shirts along with rubber insulating gloves with protectors and rubber insulating sleeves (Classes 0-4) that cover the whole arm. Their intent was to reduce heat stress for the workers...
The act of changing a light bulb in a ceiling fixture becomes hazardous when an unsteady chair is used to stand on or the electrical contacts are touched in an old fluorescent design. How many times have we used (or seen someone else use) a vacuum cleaner with a damaged cord instead of taking the time to at least wrap the nicked wire with electrical tape? I’m guilty of climbing ladders in my bare feet,
2015 NFPA 70E Low Voltage DVD Package
We are excited to tell you that our new NFPA 70E- 2015 DVD Training Package is now available for purchase!
Want the e-Hazard training without the expense of our experts coming to your site? Now you can benefit from our expertise with our Low Voltage DVD Training Package, which includes: 

Our full DVD of e-Hazard LV Qualified NFPA 70E class in video format; $3500+ value

5 seats: 
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For your FR Clothing Sales and Development Team, this 2-hour long webinar is an interactive presentation that covers the following material:
  • Vital FR industry and market information (continuing education to make your people experts in the industry)
  • Standard compliance for arc and flash fire for the US and global standards
  • Common misconceptions and mistakes
  • Fiber education for sales and development professionals
  • Q&A with Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is known as the arc flash expert in the industry and has been testing, consulting, working with flame resistant materials, and participating on technical committees for standards development for over twenty years.

The ArcWear team actively participates on technical committees for ASTM F23 Personal Protective Equipment; ASTM D13 for Textiles; ASTM F18 Electrical; IEC; AATCC; NFPA 2112; ANSI 107 and NFPA 70E.  

ArcWear is an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory for ASTM F1506, NFPA 2112, and several other workwear standards.

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The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry. 

The NSC Congress & Expo experience offers:

  • Career Advancement 
    Attendees don't have to hunt through blogs for perspectives on trends and best practices - they can choose from a host of carefully selected opportunities led by verified safety experts. And because safety challenges come in all shapes and sizes, presenters make time for Q&A at the end. 
    • Keynotes
      Hear nationally recognized leaders and motivational presenters from both the public and private sectors speak about current and future issues affecting the industry. 
    • Technical Sessions
      Participate in more than 130 technical sessions, selected by a team that has hands-on knowledge of the latest industry trends providing the most comprehensive information needed to face today's challenges. 
    • Professional Development Seminars
      Participate in more than 25 seminars providing in-depth, hands-on opportunities to focus on continued professional growth.
  • The Expo Floor
    With both employee safety and budget friendliness in mind, attendees can compare vendors for a particular product in one place over the course of three days. The time and energy put into researching options is minimized - and face-to-face communication ensures questions are answered and needs are met. 
    • Explore the Expo floor offering 200,000+ net square feet of more than 1,000 companies showcasing the latest innovative products and services. You'll also find the Email Oasis/Networking Lounge, Mobile Charging Stations, New Product Showcase Locators, OSHA's Top 10 most cited safety violations and solutions from the International Safety Equipment Association.
  • Networking on a global level 
    Network and unwind with like-minded professionals in the Email Oasis/Networking Lounge, during Dedicated Expo Hours, Technical Tours or at the National Awards Celebration.

Who attends?
The NSC Congress & Expo attracts decision makers, end users and distributors from a wide variety of industries including: manufacturing, construction, petrochemical and utilities. Coming from the United States, Canada and more than 60 other countries, these individuals range in experience from entry level to seasoned safety professionals representing companies such as Boeing, Schneider Electric, BP, Industrial Scientific, Kimberly Clark, URS, RockTenn Norcross, Fruit of the Loom and more.

Who exhibits?
Hundreds of industry-leading companies from around the world exhibit offering products and services in the following categories: general safety products, personal protective equipment, hazard controls and fall protection. Additionally, vendors specializing in facility maintenance and operation, environmental protection, ergonomics and risk management are in attendance to showcase their latest safety solutions. The show not only features large companies such as Honeywell, 3M and Grainger but hundreds of small to mid-size companies.

Join us at ICUEE 2015

SEPT 29TH - OCT 1ST, 2015.

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, is the premier event for utility industry professionals to gain comprehensive insight into the latest technologies, innovations, insights, and trends affecting their industry.  

Find out who's exhibiting at ICUEE 2015 as well as the specific services and equipment featured.

At ICUEE 2015, attendees will have an opportunity to:
  • Visit with more than 850 leading manufacturers.
    • Explore the latest utility products and innovations.
    • Operate construction and utility equipment in job-like conditions.
  • “Test run” the products specific to your operation’s needs in a variety of ways, including:
    • Specialized exhibit pavilions for fleet management, safety, and green utility.
    • A 2-mile Ride & Drive test track (for on-road equipment and technologies).
    • An Indoor Demo Stage.
    • Extensive in-booth exhibitor product demos.
  • Learn from the pros!
    • Attend sessions to help you better understand the latest technologies and issues that are impacting the way you do business.
    • Talk directly to technical experts and equipment designers who can answer your industry-specific questions.
 NEW for 2015
  • FREE Bourbon Tasting – Thursday, October 1:
  • Auction to Benefit Veterans – Thursday, October 1:
    • Win vacation packages, equipment, tools, and more at a lower price than the retail value. Benefits the Call of Duty Endowment.
    • In partnership with Benjamin Media and J.J. Kane Auctioneers
  • ICUEE Demo Stage:
    • Sit down, relax, and have the new products and technologies come to you.
    • Presented by Benjamin Media
  • More Transportation Options:
    • Get everywhere faster by riding the improved intra-show shuttles, new golf cart taxis, and the new DEMO Express.
  • A place to recharge.
    • Sit down, relax, network with others, charge your devices, and take advantage of our Wi-Fi at the Fuel Stop in AREA Q.

Register Here!

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Power Gripz
Tingley Rubber
Let's hang out!
Social media is a great way to stay  connected to the latest electrical  safety news, and you can check out our  "What Not To Do" photo series!  Come and join us!
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National Safety Apparel

Used by many NFPA 70E committee members and over 900 trainers, our training provides you with a thorough knowledge of the dangers and recommended safe behaviors for those who work around electrical hazards.

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Louisville, KY
September 14, 2015
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September 22, 2015
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October 14, 2015
Working on or around 1 to 69kV industrial high voltage distribution systems requires qualification. In this training, attendees learn what it means to be HV qualified and what electrical tasks may only be performed by a qualified person.
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e-Hazard's award-winning (OH&S Magazine 2014 Best of Safety Award)  Train the Trainer  (TTT) program is perfect for companies with multiple shifts, a large workforce or multiple departments.

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Louisville, KY
September 14 - 17, 2015
December 1 - 4, 2015


This 40-hour training class was developed to bring workers up to speed on their understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC). During this five-day class, you will receive a thorough overview of the current code. Learn how to make your processes and facility compliant and how the NEC protects workers and property.

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November 9 - 13, 2015


This 16-hour course provides information regarding changes in the National Electrical Code (NEC) that impact electrical installations. It is organized around the practical aspects of electrical installation, compiling the most frequently referenced requirements, from entry level to advanced systems.

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September 21 - 22, 2015

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