What is ASTM F2178-02?

ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) developed this F2178-02 standard in order to evaluate the arc protective value of face and head protective devices. Prior to the issue of this standard in August 2002, there was no standard that addressed the evaluation of a finished product, just the component fabric of a garment (ASTM F1506). Every manufacturer of hoods and faceshields should now conduct testing on the hoods and faceshields they sell. Although few manufacturers choose to do this testing, Oberon has conducted complete F2178, testing on its ARC15, ARC40, ARC65 and ARC100 hoods, as well as its ArcShield.