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What the Required Dust Hazard Analysis Means for Your Team

If you’ve been waiting to complete a few of the bigger tasks on your agenda, use this season to do some much-needed spring cleaning—especially if your facility faces combustible dust hazards.

Per the NFPA® 652 Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust (2019), you’re required to complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) by September 7, 2020; or, you must be able to show strong progress toward completion.


Que hay detrás de los términos “Inherentes y Tratadas” y lo que significan en el mundo de las telas anti llama

En el mercado de prendas de ropa protectoras, hay un abanico muy amplio de opciones para cuando se trata de especificar telas FR en el Equipo de Protección Personal (EPP). Las telas resistentes a la flama para Arco Eléctrico ( AR- Arc Rated), son la primera línea de protección para el cuerpo en el EPP y dictan en gran medida, el grado de protección alcanzado en ellas, viene en una amplia gama de formulaciones, todas ellas con su propio set de características. Incluso dentro de un tipo específico de telas FR, características como calificación de arco y comodidad, pueden variar mucho entre las diferentes marcas. Esta Guía Técnica explora las telas de este ramo, de manera que usted pueda seleccionar una tela FR confiable y funcional, que será el elemento básico de protección de sus prendas. Descargar


La industria eléctrica utiliza rutinariamente evaluaciones de riesgos para definir y abordar los peligros multifacéticos encontrados en los lugares de trabajo. A medida que se identifican los peligros, la NFPA 70E define la jerarquía de los controles de riesgos, es decir, es un sistema integral utilizado para minimizar o eliminar la exposición al peligro con el objetivo de reducir la probabilidad de que ocurra un incidente y mitigar la gravedad de las lesiones en caso que ocurriesen. Dentro del contexto de la jerarquía del control de riesgos, han sido definidas múltiples etapas, empezando con la eliminación de riesgos hasta llegar al uso adecuado de equipos de protección personal (EPP): todas estas etapas deben trabajar en conjunto para crear un entorno de trabajo lo más seguro posible.


Arc Flash Safety Updates at an NFPA 70E Workshop Near You

We’re passionate about educating the electrical industry on safety standards that address short-term thermal hazards, like arc flash and flash fire. It’s how we know we’re helping equip you with not only the industry’s leading flame resistant/arc-rated (FR/AR) textiles for personal protective equipment (PPE), but also helping apply these methods to provide maximum protection for your employees.


NEC, NESC, NFPA 70E, and Arc Rated PPE: A Quick Look at Electrical Industry Standards


Throughout the electrical industry, consensus standards provide critical information advising how to safeguard employees facing arc flash hazards. These standards—NEC, NESC, and NFPA 70E—are all meant to guide safety initiatives, but which one is relevant for you? We break down each standard and what they mean for your workplace.


Identifying and Reducing the Impacts of Combustible Dust Hazards

Combustible dust is a significant concern across various industries and with good reason. Combustible dust incidents can lead to serious property damage and cause life-threatening injuries. Analyzing your work environment and enacting preventative measures, such as robust housekeeping and engineering control protocols, can make all the difference. Even with these safety precautions in place, incorporating FR/AR PPE as the final layer of defense can help mitigate the risk of injuries should the worst happen.


The Difference Between Inherent and Treated Fabrics, and What it Means for Your Safety Program

The FR industry certainly has its share of jargon, and especially when that jargon has little scientific background, it can lead to muddled and complicated decisions. In our white paper, What’s in a Word: Inherent Fabric, Treated Fabric, and What They Mean in the World of Flame Resistant Fabrics, we discuss two major industry terms—“inherent” and “treated”—and cover how these flame resistant (FR), arc-rated (AR) fabric classifications have evolved over time.


Elevating Performance Standards: How Westex by Milliken is Raising the Bar on Testing Protocols

Part of designing reputable protective fabrics is ensuring they provide certified, consistent results both in the lab and in the field—otherwise, end users may be at risk. Flame resistant (FR), arc-rated (AR) fabrics incorporated into personal protective equipment (PPE) act as a final layer of defense against hazards like arc flashes and flash fires, so these fabrics must perform. But how does a company like Westex by Milliken assess performance? We sat down with James Cliver, senior development engineer for Westex by Milliken, to learn more about how FR/AR fabrics are tested and why standard testing protocols are a crucial indicator of performance.


Using Customer Insights to Inspire Meaningful Innovation

When we look to develop new flame resistant (FR) technologies, we often draw inspiration from unmet needs in the industry. Many times, our conversations in the field help us better identify areas where we can fill a gap to better protect workers in the electrical and oil and gas industries against arc flashes and flash fires. We sat down with Paul Castelli, international sales director for Westex by Milliken, to learn more about how Westex develops new technologies.


Tailored to Women: The Case for Utilizing Women-Specific FR/AR Garments in the Workplace

Until recently, flame resistant (FR), arc-rated (AR) garments were one size fits all—meaning both men and women wore the same styles. Women in the oil and gas and electrical industries thus donned ill-fitting FR/AR garments day in and day out, because these garments were largely constructed with men in mind. Typically, women have to find FR/AR garments that mostly fit then adjust them throughout the day as they shift out of place.