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5 Things electrical workers NEED to know about the OSHA Changes

Are you ready for the upcoming changes to OSHA 1910.269 as it pertains to your FR clothing requirements? We’ve put together 5 things every employee and employer needs to know about the changes.

1. Electric utilities (some larger industrial workers) and their contractors are required to wear flame-resistant (FR) clothing for arc flash exposures. FR clothing is defined as non-melting and non-ignitable.

2. The outer layer of clothing, except for clothing not required to be arc rated, must be flame-resistant when the estimated incident heat energy exceeds 2.0 cal/cm2.

3. Protective clothing and other protective equipment with an arc rating greater than or equal to the estimated heat energy is required whenever that estimate exceeds 2.0 cal/cm2.

4. Arc flash clothing for employees exposed to this environment is now considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and must be paid for by the employer.

5. Arc flash hazard assessment is required for these companies by January 1, 2015, and PPE matching the hazard is required by April 1, 2015. (The arch flash hazard assessment date has been postponed to February 17, 2015.)

Master Brands has everything you need to keep your team prepared and protected, and we’re here to help you navigate these changes.

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