While the NFPA® 70E and NFPA® 2112 standards are necessary for workplace safety, NFPA® 2113 is an important standard for ensuring the safety of employees wearing NFPA® 2112 compliant garments. In this article, we will explore the NFPA® 2113 standard.
FR Safety Standards Series: Part 3
NFPA 2113 is the "Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire."
According to NFPA.org, the purpose of NFPA 2113 is "to reduce the health and safety risks associated with the incorrect selection and use of flame-resistant garments and those risks associated with incorrectly maintained, contaminated, or damaged flame-resistant garments."
In order to ensure the protection and safety of employees in the workplace, employers and employees must work together to create the safest possible environment.
Employers' minimum responsibilities include:
- Performing a hazard analysis of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards
- Identifying and providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees
- Training employees in the use and care of PPE
- Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE
- Periodically reviewing, updating, and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program
Employees' responsibilities are:
- Properly wearing PPE
- Attending training sessions on PPE
- Ensuring proper care, cleaning, and maintenance of PPE
- Informing a supervisor of the need to repair or replace PPE
When selecting garments, there are a few steps to follow:
- An analysis of the hazards at the workplace is needed to determine if flame-resistant clothing is necessary.
- Evaluate the designs and characteristics of FR garments to verify their ability to protect workers.
- The development of flame-resistant garment specifications to guide the selection and purchase of appropriate FR clothing for your workforce.
Use, Care, and Maintenance
Once garments have been selected employees should be trained in:
- Wearing the garments properly to ensure maximum protection.
- How to launder the garments correctly to keep the FR properties intact.
- How to determine when a flame-resistant garment should be removed from service.
Sources were accessed June 2022:
NFPA 2113: Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire
Care & Maintenance of Flame Resistant Clothing | LAPCO FR
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