Scott Margolin, who has been involved in the arc-rated and flame-resistant clothing industry for more than 30 years, never has seen as many FR clothing options as there are today. Research has delivered new fiber and fabric technologies resulting in garments that prove “comfortable FR” isn’t just an urban myth anymore. Add to that new garments – and entire garment lines – designed to be more fashion-forward enough to wear anytime and anywhere. All of this is resulting in more choices, a development leading to safer, more satisfied employees while increasing morale and compliance. Meanwhile, other advances in technology allow wearers to find the right size more easily and choose garments in a sophisticated online retail environment that includes everything from comprehensive product information to peer reviews. Wearers can even find out which garments can be safely layered to achieve a desired level of protection. Let Scott be your guide through what’s new and what’s on the way, as he helps you separate the significant from the spin.
Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical, Tyndale
Scott Margolin is vice president of technical for Tyndale. He brings more than 30 years of experience in arc-rated and FR clothing to his role. Scott spent 16 years as the international technical director at Westex after working at DuPont for 10 years – working with its FR fibers Kevlar and Nomex and leading the Nomex Flash Fire business – and serving as a firefighter for the first six years of his career.
Scott has conducted more than 1,800 arc flashes and nearly 4,000 flash fires at labs in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. Much of this research focused on real-world hazards and personal performance equipment performance. His arc flash work includes both high- and low-voltage arcs in actual gear at real system energies, pioneering the use of super-slow-motion high-definition video analysis of both the arcs and PPE response; high-voltage arcs were created overhead and underground, while LV arcs (arc-in-a-box) used motor control centers, disconnects and transformers. He also led groundbreaking experiments to quantify the duration and energy of full-scale, outdoor hydrocarbon flash fires, and the correlation to National Fire Protection Association 2112 lab PPE performance.
Scott travels and presents globally to share his research and learnings on flash-fire, arc-flash, and combustible dust hazards to improve worker safety and the fibers, fabrics, and garments used to protect against these hazards. He has authored dozens of technical articles and white papers, given more than 1,000 presentations all over the world, and led many webcasts on these subjects. Significantly, Scott has served as a subject matter expert to OSHA, NFPA, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, the American Society of Safety Professionals, the National Electrical Contractors Association and others on a wide variety of FR, PPE and thermal hazard issues.
Scott’s extensive experience and knowledge provide Tyndale with unmatched technical expertise.
Alan Ferguson, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.
Alan covers worker safety for Safety+Health.