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Key OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Update: Full Body Protection Against Arc Hazards

During National Electrical Safety Month, Tyndale has been discussing key aspects of OSHA’s revised ruling as it applies to FR clothing and seeks to help employers understand how the new rule will impact their role in properly protecting employees.

The second key component of OSHA’s final ruling as it relates to FR clothing worn by utility workers that Tyndale will review in this post is that head-to-toe protection is now required. The revised ruling clarifies and expands the employer’s responsibility to provide appropriate arc-rated clothing to employees based on reliable estimates of workplace hazards.

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Key OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Update: FR Clothing is Personal Protective Equipment

On April 11, 2014, OSHA published to the Federal Register the final rule revising 29 CFR 1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V, related to the construction and repair of electric power generation, transmission and distribution in an effort to improve workplace safety.

In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, Tyndale will be discussing key aspects of OSHA’s revised ruling as it applies to FR clothing and seeks to help employers understand how the new rule will impact their role in properly protecting employees.

One of the first questions asked is, “Does the revised OSHA 1910.269 ruling require FR clothing to be worn by employees?

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Understanding Critical Changes to OSHA 1910.269 During Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, an important time to bring electrical safety awareness to our communities, to help educate the public and prevent injury. Coinciding with National Electrical Safety Month is the recent change to OSHA 1910.269 which updates the standard providing electrical safety guidance for those in the operation and maintenance of electrical power.

Important Note: As of February 2015, compliance dates have changed for enforcement of OSHA standard 1910.269. These changes impact dates listed in this post. Click here for complete details and updated deadlines.

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The Importance of FRC Suppliers’ Inventory and Manufacturer Relationship

This is the third post in a series looking at Keys to Selecting an FRC Clothing Supplier. Click here to read the first post of the series on How to Evaluate the Experience and Expertise of Your FRC Clothing Supplier and second post, How to Compare Products and Programs Offered by FRC Clothing Suppliers.

Did you know that not all FR is created equal? Do you know where your flame resistant clothing comes from, how it’s manufactured, or how the supplier assures quality? In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to support companies that are doing their part to keep jobs in America. Additionally, diverse companies, such as minority-owned or women-owned businesses, can positively impact our domestic economy.

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How to Compare Products and Programs Offered by FRC Clothing Suppliers

This is the second post in a series looking at Keys to Selecting an FRC Clothing Supplier. Click here to read the first post of the series on How to Evaluate the Experience and Expertise of Your FRC Clothing Supplier.

The purpose of this post is to show you that there is a wide range of choice out there related to price, quality, performance and overall value, when it comes to selecting FRC and a supplier to manage your clothing program. A garment’s wear life and FR durability, and an FRC supplier’s services all add value to your clothing program – and you get what you pay for.

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