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
Flame Resistant Uniforms: Laundry Dos and Don’ts
Outfitting your crew with flame resistant workwear is one of the best things you can do to ensure their safety. However, simply supplying the uniforms isn’t always enough–workwear needs to be laundered regularly, so you will want to make sure that your crew is offered a laundry service, or is aware of the proper procedures for home washing. With a variety of different flame resistant fabrics Continue reading
Combustible Dust: Do You Have the Proper Protection?
Combustible dust, while not a new problem, is rather new to the scene of requiring flame resistant workwear. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that “any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosible. Even materials that do not burn in larger pieces (such as aluminum or iron), given the proper conditions, can be explosible in dust form.” Combustible dust exists in a wide variety of industries. You can find it in food processing plants, combustible dust being created from sugar, grain, and more, and you can also find it in industries like plastic, wood, rubber, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Many jobs are performed around combustible dust, so the question is, do you Continue reading
Bulwark Flame Resistant Uniforms: What We Offer
Bulwark prides itself on offering the very best flame resistant (FR) uniforms for your protection. Preparing for an accident, being ready for the worst and hoping for the best, is what you can expect from Bulwark garment. They have a “farm-to-factory” mentality, in that they pay close attention to each detail of how their garments are manufactured, from the fabric, to the kind of protection it offers, to government lab testing to ensure it meets all requirements, to guaranteeing a quality garment that you can trust Continue reading