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Flame resistant (FR) clothing saves lives because it significantly reduces burn injury, gives the wearer escape time, and increases chances of survival. Providing FR clothing demonstrates management’s commitment to safety and employee well-being. It can improve morale, as well as increase safety.

FR clothing can only provide protection if the wearer follows garment manufacturers’ recommendations for proper use:

  • Wear garments properly – collars closed, sleeves and cuffs down and secured, shirt tails tucked, closures secured, and other manufacturer recommendations.
  • Wear looser-fitting garments that provide adequate mobility.
  • Do not wear non-FR clothing over FR garments. The outermost layer must be FR
  • Wear only FR or non-melting undergarments (e.g. cotton, silk, wool.)
  • Wash garments thoroughly after each wearing to remove contaminants.
  • Do not put on or take off the garment in proximity of flammable gasses, vapors, dusts, or in other potentially explosive environments.
  • In potentially explosive atmospheres, proper grounding procedures must be used.
  • Wear garments with the appropriate arc rating as dictated by an electric arc hazard analysis. Consult employer if unsure.

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Bulwark Made FR Apparel More Awesome

Bulwark FR IQ Workwear Series

When it comes to working in dangerous jobs, FR is important – it’s the difference between life and death. So the launch of Bulwark FR’s new IQ Series, designed to be the future of FR, is really worth a closer look.

With over 100 PhD’s involved in development, it’s seriously scientific stuff. The difference is, they haven’t forgotten about comfort. Wearability is extremely important and the IQ Series wants to free FR apparel from its bulky, sweaty, scratchy, shackled past.

Teaming up with performance materials company Milliken, Bulwark worked on increasing the flexibility, strength, and breathability of their fabrics. And the designs are based on stylish cuts, practicality, and comfort, Continue Reading…

Staying Dry is the Key with CoolMax

Coolmax Performance Fabric

In cold weather, proper safety workwear is very important. For achieving this purpose, many high-tech fabrics have been introduced. The main distinguishing quality of these high-tech fabrics is their layering techniques. The layering of clothing is not only popular for staying warm in cold weather, but also it’s key to staying dry.

Staying dry and warm, even with high-tech fabrics like the ones used in FR clothing, is an amazing facility for many working people. The proper layering of clothing consists of three main layers. The base layer is meant to keep the moisture away. The middle layer is for insulation purposes. Finally, an outer layer helps to keep the moisture and wind out.

Until now, the best moisture-wicking fabrics had been silk and wool, but with the advancement in moisture-wicking Continue Reading…

The Creation of a Fire-Resistant Garment

Flame-resistant apparel is designed to keep you safe, but in order provide the ultimate consumer satisfaction, it also is made to be comfortable and durable.  Oftentimes an FR garment is a little more complicated than it appears, when you consider all of the steps involved in creating it.  There are three main components of the manufacturing of flame-resistant clothing that are important for the consumer to be aware of: fabric manufacturing, garment manufacturing and service providers.

The process of creating an FR garment starts with FR fabric manufacturing.  There are two categories of fabrics available in the marketplace today: inherent and treated.  Inherent fabrics are those that are inherently flame-resistant while treated fabrics must go through a process during manufacturing which makes them flame-resistant.  Before these fabrics can move on to be made into garments, they must be pass an arc and/or a flash fire test.  At this stage, it is also determined whether or not the garment will have warmth, breathability, softness, or shrinkage as these features all depend on the fabric. Continue Reading…

Wrinkle-Free Uniforms from Workrite’s Perfect Press

workrite-perfect-press-uniforms

If your job requires you to wear a uniform, you know how important it is to look your best. And you know that to dress to impress, you must press. With an iron, that is. Ironing out all the wrinkles on your uniform is a key part of looking put together, professional, and ready for work. But as you know, ironing can be a tedious task. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could look crisp and clean without having to iron your uniform every day? Workrite thought so, which is why it came up with an innovative way to make ironing a thing of the past. Continue Reading…

Comfort and FR in One: Workrite Rolls Out New Knit Longsleeve T-Shirt with Tecasafe Plus

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Flame resistant and comfort. Did you ever think you would see the day when those two things would be in the same sentence? Well check the sky because pigs might be flying; that day has arrived. Workrite’s new knit long sleeve FR Tecasafe shirt (277TK67) has set the new gold standard when it comes to flame resistant (FR) comfort. These are the TenCate Tecasafe Plus variety, which is a leading-edge fabric. That is kind of a fancy way of saying they’re awesome and will keep you safe, while still feeling like something you’d want to be wearing because it just feels so normal and comfortable.They’re dual-hazard, which means they will protect you from both flash fire and arc flash hazards, and the inherent flame resistant protection cannot be washed away or worn away. Continue Reading…

Know About NFPA 2112 Standards to Reduce Flash Fire Injuries

National Fire Protection Agency

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112 Standards are laid down with a purpose to make obvious the standards regarding FR garments, so that the protection of industrial personnel against Flash Fire could be guaranteed. This law is judiciously and considerately providing the minimum requirements for every thing regarding flame-resistant garments, which could assure the workplace safety of the industrial personnel. The NFPA 2112 gives full guidance on design, construction, evaluation and certification of FR garments, so that you feel protected with full confidence. Continue Reading…

New Icon and Labels Tell Whether FR Garments Meet NFPA 2112 Requirements

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Fire resistant labeling is a clothing industry standard; but “buyer beware” because labeling information can be misleading, especially if you require the NFPA 2112 Standard for your flame-resistant garments and workwear.  Subtle wording by manufacturers can look like claims that do not actually live up to the FR Standard…the old adage is one to heed.  In order to comply with NFPA mandates, Bulwark FR Apparel, the company that knows people aren’t fireproof, assures its labels  — and its industrial flame resistant workwear – both certifiably meet the strict third party requirements.

Any variation from the perfect wording means you could be compromised with your industrial flame-resistant workwear performing in a just-in-case event. The label that meets the NFPA 2112 Standard reads: “This flame-resistant garment meets the requirements of NFPA 2112 Standard on the Flame-Resistant garments for the protection of industrial personnel against flash fire.” Anything else, like those listing numbers that look official but aren’t, could mean your work clothing composition won’t protect you as intended.  For quick and easy identification of FR that meets the NFPA requirements, Bulwark garments certified by Underwriters Laboratories also is marked with an NFPA 2112 icon. Continue Reading…

F1506: The Standard Performance Specification by ASTM for FR Garments

ASTM

ASTM

With the increase in number of electrical and chemical industries, the job opportunities have also increased for workers skilled in these areas. Obviously, this is good news for many workers out there, but the bad news is that the number of fire burn injuries and deaths has also increased to an alarming level in many such industries. The main reason behind all such casualties is insufficient workplace safety. Electrical workers need proper work wear, which should be fire-resistant, but this is also a harsh fact that in many cases the industrial personnel is provided by fire-resistant work-wear, which is not able to protect them effectively against momentary electric arcs. Continue Reading…

NFPA 2112 Standards to Reduce Flash Fire Injuries

flash-fire-injuries

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112 Standards are laid down with a purpose to make obvious the standards regarding FR garments, so that the protection of industrial personnel against Flash Fire could be guaranteed. This law is judiciously and considerately providing the minimum requirements for every thing regarding flame-resistant garments, which could assure the workplace safety of the industrial personnel. The NFPA 2112 gives full guidance on design, construction, evaluation and certification of FR workwear, so that you feel protected with full confidence. Continue Reading…

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