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Zarheer Jooma, M.S Brian Shiels, M.S. and Stacy Klausing, M.S.

Zarheer Jooma, M.S Brian Shiels, M.S. and Stacy Klausing, M.S.

About the Authors: Zarheer Jooma, M.S., P.E., is a partner at e-Hazard ( He performs electrical workplace safety training, consulting, arc flash engineering studies, electrical accident investigations and electrical safety audits. Jooma is a member of the IEEE 1584-1:2021 Working Committee and Ballot Resolution Committee, ASTM F18 – Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers and IEC TC78 – Live Working. He has also contributed to the NFPA 70E standard. Brian Shiels, M.S., is the service line manager for ArcWear (, a division of Kinectrics. His professional experience includes quality management as well as the development and testing of thermal protective clothing and equipment. Among other responsibilities, Shiels is a director on the ASTM International Board of Directors. He earned his master’s degree from North Carolina State University. Stacy Klausing, M.S., is the PPE project manager at ArcWear. Her professional experience includes project management in testing laboratories, testing and evaluating fabric related to PPE, and execution and management of an ISO 17025-accredited quality system. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and is a Six Sigma Green Belt from North Carolina State University.

Thermal Protection for Electrical Work

Thermal protective apparel for electrical work appears to have reached a point of inflection from “What needs to be done?” to “How can it be improved?” Looking at the safety standards recently approved for publication,