Daily Wear vs Task Based Arc Rated Clothing – What to Consider and How to Decide

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This presentation uses a unique two-presenter debate format to explore the primary questions contractors face when trying to make good decisions about arc rated clothing.

It begins with a look at the basics:

  • Why AR?
  • Does my company need AR?
  • The truth about arc ratings, comfort and heat stress, and how to select quality AR.

The second half of the session will feature a detailed, but friendly, debate between a daily wear expert and a task based expert. During the debate, we’ll examine the pros, cons and costs of each approach, decision points, and best practices. It will become interactive with the audience as it progresses, and will include new super slow motion 4K video of daily wear and task based clothing in real arcs.


  • Scott Margolin

    Scott attended Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Tyndale in 2016, he was a firefighter for six years, then spent ten years at DuPont working with Kevlar and Nomex, leading their flash fire business for four years, before spending 16 years as the International Technical Director of Westex. Scott has extensive experience with the performance of many protective apparel fabrics; he has conducted or observed over 4000 flash fires and more than 1900 electric arcs at laboratories in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Included in this work are the largest and most comprehensive flash fire test series ever conducted by an independent lab; unprecedented field analysis of the energy, duration and hazards of actual flash fires in an outdoor industrial environment, a 3 year arc flash project conducted by a major electric utility which used actual equipment and real system energies, making major advances in confined space and overhead work; and recent groundbreaking testing of low-voltage equipment arcs.

    Scott participates in a number of industry organizations, including Edison Electric Institute, National Safety Council, ASTM, ASSE and NFPA. He frequently addresses trade associations and groups regarding electric arc and flash fire hazards, body burn injury, the protective performance of flame resistant clothing, and related topics.

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