Like high-visibility apparel, flame-resistant workwear is often required for workers operating in hazardous work environments or areas where exposure to high temperatures or fire risks exist. This type of apparel can provide significantly increased protection for workers in high-risk situations and should be a key consideration when choosing safety apparel for your workforce.
What is Flame-Resistant Clothing?
Flame-resistant clothing is a type of safety apparel that can help protect workers from exposure to heat, flames, and other hazardous conditions. Flame-resistant fabrics are designed to be self-extinguishing and will not continue to burn after the source of the flame is removed. This kind of apparel is often used in the oil and gas industry and in other hazardous work situations.
No matter what type of environment you’re working in, safety apparel is an essential factor in protecting yourself and your coworkers. Unfortunately, such considerations are often prioritized only after an incident has occurred. Don’t wait for an accident before you start implementing proper uniform safety regulations.
“If you have one accident with a second-degree burn, essentially you’re looking at two million dollars. It’s typically six months in a burn unit (which is the most excruciating thing you can imagine). They’ve got to scrape off your skin, but it doesn’t come back together and loses its dexterity and flexibility.”
Ken Yanicky | VP, Business Development, Feury Image Group
When Should Flame-Resistant Clothing Be Used?
Flame-resistant clothing should always be used when workers are exposed to open flames or intense heat. It is also recommended for electricians and welders, who may be exposed to sparks from their tools.
In addition, flame-resistant clothing can protect against molten metal splashes and chemical spills.
Are There Different Types of Flame-Resistant Clothing?
There are different types of flame-resistant clothing available. Some garments are made from 100% cotton or wool materials. Others use unique fabrics such as Nomex® or Protera® that have been treated with additional chemical finishes for enhanced fire protection.
While the number of innovative technologies and compositions of FR fabric throughout the industry has seen a major increase in recent years, the majority of FR fabrics fall into two categories: inherent and treated.
What Standards Must Flame-Resistant Clothing Meet?
Flame-resistant clothing must meet the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to be considered certified flame-resistant apparel. These standards are regularly updated, so you must check with your manufacturer or supplier to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.
When working with a managed program, you have a distinct advantage as the uniform company will keep pace with the changing regulations, ensuring you and your employees are always wearing apparel that is compliant with the latest requirements.
What is Arc Flash Clothing?
Arc flash clothing is safety apparel that protects workers from electrical arc flashes. These garments are made with special fire-resistant fabric or insulation material that can help protect workers from electric shock and the intense heat generated by arc flashes.
When Should Arc Flash Clothing be Used?
Arc flash clothing should be worn when working on or near energized electrical equipment where an arc flash hazard may exist. It is also recommended for electrical maintenance, repair, and construction workers and utility and telecommunications workers who may be exposed to potential electrical hazards.
Are There Different Types of Arc Flash Clothing?
There are different types of arc flash clothing available depending on the risk level of the work environment. For low-risk environments, standard protective clothing, such as fire-resistant shirts and pants, provides minimal protection against electric shock and arc flashes. A full ensemble of arc flash clothing is required for higher-risk environments, including a flame-resistant hood, coverall, and face shield.
Do You Need FR? Set Up a Hazard Risk Assessment.
The first step in the creation of any PPE program is the Hazard Assessment. Federal regulations require employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards that require the use of personal protective equipment are present or are likely to be present. These include impacts, combustible dust, fire/heat, and chemical hazards, among others.
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