You may be new to PPE:
- Starting a new job where you are responsible for ordering workwear,
- Work in hazardous situations and are concerned that the uniforms you’re using don’t fit your needs,
- A work clothing provider or decorator that has never worked with FR clothing,
- Alternatively, you might just need to brush up on the details.
This quick guide is for you.
PPE Certifications & Terminology
Although plenty of terms related to protective clothing and the industries that use them may seem complicated, it is important to use the correct terminology and to know common Flame-Resistant Clothing terms, acronyms, and what they mean. Being well informed can make a difference when purchasing or recommending workwear garments.
What does FR workwear actually do?
Flame-resistant (FR) workwear materials and components resist catching fire and do not continue to burn after the source of combustion is removed. The construction of FR garments makes them a barrier against flames and gives some insulation from heat. The use of FR clothing helps reduce the amount and severity of burn injuries and increases wearers’ chances of survival if an arc flash or flash fire incident should occur.
Flame-resistant clothing must be worn properly for max protection.
When flame resistant clothing is donned correctly, it can provide life-saving protection. When worn improperly, the clothing does not comply with industry standards and is less effective.
Who should wear FR clothing?
If you are exposed to the possibility of flash fires, electric arcs, or combustible dust explosions during work, you should wear FR clothing to protect you. Certain jobs are more likely to expose you to the hazards requiring these types of uniforms than others.