FAQs about Flame Resistant Fabrics: Taking a Closer Look, Part 2

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FAQs about Flame Resistant Fabrics: Taking a Closer Look, Part 2

We looked at a couple common questions about flame resistant fabrics in our last blog post, but there are still many more questions that we hear pretty regularly. Safety managers, employers, and even the workers themselves, like to know exactly what they are getting into with flame resistant workwear. Wearing the proper secondary protection on the job can save your life. Flame resistant workwear means the difference between serious, life threatening injuries, and minor burns. Let’s take a closer look at a few more questions that you might have about flame resistant fabrics.

Because Bulwark guarantees their garments for the “life of the garment,” it stands to reason that you might wonder: What is meant by the “Life of the Garment”?

Bulwark flame resistant garments are meant to last a fairly long time, but it is absolutely vital that you follow the care and laundering instructions for each garment. Flame resistant garments can be made from treated fibers, or inherently FR fabrics. Treatments can wash out over time when proper care is not taken of the garment. Many of the FR garments are designed to withstand the heavy duty industrial washings, but it is generally considered by the purchasers of these garments that the garments must last through a minimum of 125 industrial launderings. It’s important to keep an eye on the washings, since the garment may still look good while the flame resistant properties have washed out.  Another important point to consider, FR fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, like Nomex, may be more expensive up front, but they will generally last much longer as the FR properties cannot be washed out.

Another question that we hear is: What garments are offered by Bulwark?

Honestly, Bulwark has a huge selection of flame resistant workwear. Each of their garments, that we sell, are considered secondary protection. Primary protection would be the uniform and gear of a firefighter. That means that these flame resistant garments are designed to be worn all day on the job. Each Bulwark FR garment is designed to self extinguish within seconds, although it’s important to still take care in each situation. In the case of hazardous static discharge, Bulwark FR garments should not be put on, or taken off. These garments also do not offer protection against chemical exposures. All that being said, let’s talk about your options of garments. Depending on the HRC level needed, or nature of your hazard, there are a variety of options. We sell FR jeans, henleys, hoodies, jackets, and coveralls. No matter your need, you will be able to find flame resistant garments that offer your comfort and protection on the job.

If you are in need of flame resistant workwear, talk to your safety manager or employer to ensure that you are aware of any safety standards you need to meet. You can find most of our options online, but you are also welcome to call a customer service representative to get help. Before calling, be sure you know the nature of your hazard, and the HRC level you need to meet. Check out our website for further information.

 

FAQs about Flame Resistant Fabrics: Taking a Closer Look

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FAQs about Flame Resistant Fabrics: Taking a Closer Look

There can be many questions about flame resistant workwear, whether you are questioning the HRC level of a garment, what standards it meets, or what options are available. When it comes down to it, however, the fabric of the garment is going to be the crucial factor in keeping you comfortable on the job, and protected against flash fires and electrical arcs. Continue reading

Automotive Workwear: What Do We Sell?

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Automotive Workwear: What Do We Sell?

What comes to mind when you hear the words “automotive workwear?” If you immediately pictured a racing team, pit crew, or the technicians who work on your car, you are picturing a huge part of our customer base. However, here at Automotive Workwear, we sell much more than coveralls and automotive uniforms. Continue reading

Flame Resistant Sweatshirts

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Flame Resistant Sweatshirts

If you need flame resistant uniforms, you might already be aware of the all the different options available to you. Depending on the nature of your job hazard, you know there are four different hazard risk category (HRC) levels, and the FR clothing you choose will need to meet the requirements for the HRC level and ATPV rating. While many oil and gas jobs will require full protection from coveralls and multiple layers, you may find that the occasional job, such as some electrical and manufacturing work, will not call for such drastic protective measures. In those cases, you will have the option of choosing such FR apparel as jeans, henleys, button down shirts, and sweatshirts. Continue reading

Flame Resistant Workwear: Your Options

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Flame Resistant Workwear: Your Options

Most people think of flame resistant workwear being for firefighters and welders. What they, or you, might not realize, however, is that flame resistant workwear is actually necessary in many common place jobs. Firefighters wear primary protection flame resistant workwear, while electricians and workers in the oil and gas industries wear secondary protection FR garments. Here at Automotive Workwear, we sell a wide variety of garments that provide secondary protection. Continue reading

Of Coveralls and Overalls: the Deluxe Insulated Bib Overall with Reflective Trim

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Of Coveralls and Overalls: the Deluxe Insulated Bib Overall with Reflective Trim

Coveralls and overalls are commonly requested articles of workwear, but there are quite a few options when it comes down to deciding what exactly you need in a pair. Determine who will be wearing them, and what you need the coveralls, or overalls, to do. Coveralls, for example, are sized to be worn in place of clothing, or over clothing. Which do you need? Continue reading