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.
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
CED2: The Flame Resistant Cotton Coveralls That Can Save Your Life
When it comes to flame resistant workwear, it’s important to choose high quality, carefully constructed garments. Not every company that is selling “flame resistant” is selling a product that will save your life. Bulwark is a leading brand in flame resistant uniforms, and manufactures quality garments, certified by a third party and tested in government labs. One of the best selling flame resistant garments through our company is the CED2. The CED2 is 100 percent cotton, treated to become flame resistant, and meets the requirements of NFPA 2112. This coverall Continue reading
Arc Flashes and Flash Fires: What Are They?
Oftentimes, the need for flame resistant workwear is related to the work place hazard of arc flashes or flash fires. If you are a safety manager, you are probably already familiar with these terms and what sort of risk they pose to your crew. It’s important for workers, as well as employers and managers, to be aware of the danger, and when arc flashes and flash fires are potential risks.
Arc Flashes. An arc flash is an electrical phenomenon when the current jumps from one conductor to another. This happens in less than a second, and can cause severe injury, even death, for people who are in close proximity. When an arc flash happens, the sudden ignition of clothing follows. For electricians, wearing flame resistant workwear is of vital importance since they are often in the danger zone. Arc flashes can be caused by a variety of things, including corrosion, faulty installation of electrical work, material failure, and condensation. While arc flashes might not happen every day on the job, it’s important to be ready in the event of an accident.
Flash Fires. Flash fires are different from arc flashes in that they occur in areas with fuel, usually gas or combustible dust. A mixture of air with a flammable substance, in the right concentration, can be combustible. In small spaces, these sudden fires can not only create a lot of damage, but they can fill the area with smoke, causing asphyxiation or lung damage. Flash fires are a rapidly moving flame front that usually last no longer than three seconds. However, three seconds is more than enough time to seriously burn and injure workers in the environment. Non flame resistant clothing is flammable, meaning that once it is ignited, it will continue to burn causing injuries, and even death. Workers in environments that contain gas, fuel, or combustible dust really need to wear flame resistant workwear.
Depending on your job, you may feel that flame resistant workwear is unaffordable. Honestly, you can’t afford not to wear flame resistant workwear if you work in environments at risk from arc flashes and flash fires. Bulwark manufactures a wide variety of flame resistant clothing, so you can find workwear that meets the codes and standards for your job, and is still comfortable. From FR jeans and sweatshirts, to coveralls with breakaway zippers, you can find the best workwear to get the job done, safely and comfortably.
Risk of arc flashes and flash fires are two of the most common reasons to seek out flame resistant workwear. Before ordering, know the nature of your hazard, and what ATPV you need to meet with your clothing. If you are not sure, you can have a third party come in and assess the risk and hazards. Accidents like arc flashes and flash fires happen when you least expect them, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Outfit your crew with quality flame resistant workwear from Bulwark, and insist that it be worn properly. Flame resistant workwear can save lives.