From “breaking news” to “coming soon,” Tyndale shares the latest updates (and expected updates) to main industry standards related to arc rated flame resistant (AR / FR) apparel. Watch our video below, featuring Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, Scott Margolin, or read on to learn more.
Updates to NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire
Updates to ASTM F1506, Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs
There is additional breaking news on the arc flash side regarding ASTM F1506. There is currently a proposal to allow arc rated face masks to carry 1506 compliance claims. This is fully expected to become official in late September or early October.
There are two additional updates which are not yet public or final, but are likely to become official in the near future:
Updates to NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
As you may know, the new 2021 edition is out. There are very few changes that are relevant to arc rated and flame resistant apparel. One key change closes a loophole between balaclavas and hoods. There was an interpretation loophole, that is now closed. Most of the other changes are simply moving existing language from one section of the standard to another.
If you have any questions about how these changes may impact you or your workers, please feel free to reach out to Scott Margolin for a one-on-one technical consultation.