When you think of fire-resistant clothing, you probably immediately imagine fire fighters, welding shops, and maybe even electricians. With sparks flying and flames building, people with heat-intensive occupations need to have the right kind of gear. They have special flame-resistant gloves and jackets to prevent injuries. But how was the tough material in flame-resistant clothing developed in the first place? Fortunately for us, scientists in the past took care of the “trial and error” processes that most likely burnt off some hair. Continue Reading…
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You’re at work, doing the same thing you’ve done 700 times before. Except this time, it’s different. There’s a spark, then a flame, and before you know it, your arm is on fire. By the time you realize what’s happening, the most important thing to do to protect yourself is a decision you made much earlier. Either you properly protected yourself by wearing flame-resistant clothing, or you’re wishing you had. Workplace accidents happen. It’s a fact, no matter how careful you are. Which is why you need to be properly protected. CAT has a new line of flame-resistant clothing that is comfortable, looks good, and, most importantly, will provide the kind of protection you need, with the kind of CAT quality you have come to recognize in everything CAT makes. Continue Reading…
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.
The summer’s coming, we promise. No seriously, it’s right around the corner – it’ll be here before you know it. And that’s great, right? Well yes, and no.
If you’re hanging out by the pool, then great! Whenever you get too hot, you jump right in. But then again, when you’re out on the job, at work on the site or generally exposed to the sun and heat all day without a proper break, it’s a different ball game altogether. Continue Reading…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…