Choosing Flame Resistant Workwear that is Right for You
Before ordering any flame resistant garments, you should always check with your employer or safety manager to ensure that you know the Hazard Rating Category (HRC) Level and ARC ratings needed for your particular job. Every job will have different levels of protection needed, so it’s important to verify what level you need. Ask your employer or safety manager about the required HRC level, or ARC rating. If they don’t know, they will need to have the job evaluated to determine the proper level of protection you need in flame resistant workwear. Flame and thermal protective fabrics should provide the expected degree of protection for the life of the garment, keeping you safer on the job.
Choosing the right flame resistant workwear for your job consists of finding apparel that meets the safety requirements of your job, as well as being acceptable in appearance to both the employer and wearer. Protective garments should be functional and practical for everyday wear on the job, including being comfortable and durable. Our Bulwark flame resistant garments come in a wide variety of styles and levels of protection, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Not only should your FR apparel be comfortable and durable, holding up to the proper arc rating, but you should take into account any other hazards that will be present on the job. Other potential hazards include chemical or molten substance exposure. The flame resistant workwear you choose should also be able to withstand heavy duty laundering. Many of our Bulwark garments are built to stand up to industrial washings, making them popular choices for large companies. Properly laundering and caring for these garments should remove soils, and flammable contaminants, without changing the appearance of the garment or causing excessive shrinkage.
There are a number of different factors to take into account when choosing the right flame resistant workwear for you. You will want to have a little bit of knowledge about FR fabrics, and what you want your clothing made from. We carry Bulwark FR apparel, so there is a variety of fabrics available. We offer treated and inherent FR fabrics. Treated cotton is a popular choice, since it can’t be beat for comfort and softness. Nomex is a popular choice for inherently FR fabric, offering excellent wickability. The style of your workwear is another factor to consider. While coveralls are a great choice for the oil and gas industry, you might be looking for something a little more “everyday” style. We offer FR jeans, FR shirts, and even FR hoodies to help you find the most comfortable and durable flame resistant workwear for your job.
Check out our website to view our excellent Bulwark products, or call a customer service representative to find out more about which garments can meet your need. Be prepared to discuss the nature of your hazard, and the level of protection that you require. Your FR garments should be comfortable, durable, of wearable style, and above all, provide protection against arc flashes, and other on-the-job hazards.
Flame Resistant Cotton Classic Coverall
Flame resistant workwear is important for a variety of jobs. If you’re not sure if you need flame resistant workwear, check with your safety manager. Flame resistant workwear comes in all different shapes and sizes, not to mention the host of standards and categories that each item falls into. Before ordering FR, you should know the Hazard Risk Category, or the ATPV rating that you need. Continue reading
The Deluxe Insulated Bib Overall
At Automotive Workwear, we offer the best brands for your uniform needs. When it comes to flame resistant uniforms, we offer Bulwark. Bulwark is at the forefront of flame resistant technology, and consistently produces a wide variety of options that have the best protection for hazardous jobs. Whether you are an electrician, or in the oil and gas industries, or in workplace with combustible dust, we offer Bulwark flame resistant uniforms that will meet your need. For those jobs that require a little extra protection Continue reading
Hazard Risk Categories: Complying with NFPA 70E
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 70E refers to the standard for electrical safety in the workplace. According to the NFPA website, they developed this standard at the request of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to “help companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.” This standard gives requirements for safe work practices, reducing exposure to electrical hazards. The NFPA 70E has a hazard risk category (HRC) rating system that is the standard for the electrical industry. Jobsites are required to have certain protection standards for workers, and the HRC levels help safety managers know how to outfit their workers in flame resistant workwear. There are four different levels. The HRC Continue reading
Measuring for a Good Fit: FR Garments for Women
While we looked at how to properly measure men for well fitting flame resistant workwear in another blog post, this one will look at how to properly measure women. It is imperative that workers wear well fitting FR garments to receive maximum protection. Flame resistant uniforms can save your life, so it’s important that they fit well, and are worn correctly. Again, as we saw in the previous blog post, you will get the most accurate measurements by having an assistant do the measuring for you.
Guidelines for Measuring Women
Having an assistant to help measure you is the best way to get the most accurate measurements. For measuring women for flame resistant garments, start with the bust measurements. Have your assistant stand to your side, and hold the tape firmly under one arm. The tape should go around your shoulder blades, under your arms, and around the fullest part of your bust. Keep your arms to your sides as much as possible, since it can affect the measurement if they are raised too high. The number of inches shown will be the proper bust size to order. Next, measure the waist. With your assistant still to your side, he or she should measure around your natural waistline and the number of inches shown will be the correct waist size to order. The hip measurement is next, and the tape should go around the fullest part of your hips. This can also be considered a “seat” measurement. Your assistant should stand to your side, and start measuring 7-8 inches below the natural waistline. If the tape cannot be moved up and down, it’s not around the fullest part. The number of inches shown will be the correct seat measurement. Lastly, measure the inseam. You will stand with both feet flat on the ground with your legs straight and slightly apart. Hold one end of the tape measure at the base of your crotch seam, while your assistant measures down the inside of your leg to the top of your shoe. The number of inches shown will be the inseam length to order. These four measurements will be important for ordering well fitting flame resistant workwear for women.
Whether you are the safety manager, or a woman on the crew, encourage women workers to get properly fitted for their flame resistant uniforms. Flame resistant workwear can save lives, keeping burns from flash fires and electrical arcs to minor injuries, but if the garments are worn improperly, it can lead to a false sense of security. In order for the garments to give the maximum protection, they need to fit well and be worn properly. Review the right kinds of undergarments to wear with flame resistant workwear, and be sure to zip/button flame resistant workwear as instructed by the garment manufacturer. Well fitting flame resistant workwear keeps you safe. Before ordering your flame resistant workwear, take the time to have someone measure you accurately to get the right size and fit for your FR garments.
Measuring for a Good Fit: FR Garments for Men
When you are ordering flame resistant uniforms, you want to ensure that each garment fits the workers properly. You will get the best measurements by having someone else measure you for the right fit, so having a person measure your whole crew might be a good option. Whether you hire someone to measure them, or do it yourself, these handy guidelines Continue reading