Choosing Flame Resistant Workwear that is Right for You

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 Fabrics

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

Arc Flashes and Flash Fires: What Are They?

Flame Resistant Fabrics

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.

SLU2
Flame Resistant Excel-FR 7.0 oz. Comfortouch Dress Uniform Shirt
Code: SLU2
Mfg Price: $73.64
Your Price: $54.55
JLC4BD
Flame Resistant Brown Duck Lineman Coat with Laynard Access
Code: JLC4BD
Mfg Price: $232.40
Your Price: $172.15

Flame Resistant and High Visibility: Striping Options

FR Hi Vis

Flame Resistant and High Visibility: Striping Options

You know you need flame resistant workwear, but in some cases you also need high visibility workwear. Bulwark makes several different options for high visibility workwear that will also meet the flame resistant requirements.

When you are working in an area with low visibility and traffic, you should take extra care to wear the right high visibility garments to avoid accidents. Especially in the case of electrical work, it’s important to choose flame resistant garments with high visibility. With Bulwark’s options, you can choose the flame resistant garments that you love, and add high visibility striping. It’s also important to know that the high visibility striping can also be made of flame resistant materials, since you never want to have anything on your flame resistant uniform that might compromise the flame resistant properties of the garment.

The process for finding and ordering a flame resistant uniform with high visibility striping is fairly simple. Most of Bulwark’s garments can have high visibility striping added to them, so you can either choose the garment that you already love, or look for flame resistant garments that will meet the requirements for your job. Coveralls are a popular option, and Continue reading

Flame Resistant Uniforms: Do You Need Them?

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Flame Resistant Uniforms: Do You Need Them?

If you, or your crew, are working in area that is at risk from electric arcs, flash fires, or flames, you should consider supplying flame resistant protective garments. Many synthetic fabrics, and all untreated natural fibers are combustible. You should expect them to ignite and burn when exposed to fire. Most clothing is made from cotton, or cotton and polyester, making them a hazard should you, or your employee, be in an accident involving an electric arc or flash fire. Why is it so important that you have the proper protection on the job? Let’s look at what happens with normal fabrics, and with flame resistant fabrics, when exposed to ignition.

  • Normal Fabrics. If you are on the job, wearing your normal cotton jeans and a cotton/polyester t-shirt, when an accident happens, you will find that your garments will catch fire and burn. A flash fire or electric arc can ignite your clothing, and normal fabrics will burn away from the point of ignition, increasing in speed until the flames are extinguished, or the garment is consumed. Polyester is a synthetic material that will shrink wrap when exposed to such high heat, making it incredibly harmful to workers in a flash fire. Cotton contains oxygen filled fibers, giving fuel to the fire. So, normal fabrics are not going to protect you from burn injuries, and will contribute to spreading the fire across your garments, making your injuries worse.

  • Flame Resistant Fabrics. Flame resistant (FR) fabrics are designed to resist ignition, and self extinguish within seconds, preventing the fire from spreading on the garment. There are a variety of flame resistant fabrics used for protective garments. Treated cotton is a great choice for soft, comfortable clothing that can still protect you. The oxygen filled fibers are filled with a substance so that the garment will self extinguish. Other great fabrics for flame resistant fabrics include Nomex IIIA and ComforTouch. Wearing FR uniforms in an accident involving an electric arc or flash fire can save your life. Will it prevent burn injuries? Let’s look at that next.

  • FR Garments and Preventing Burns. FR garments are not fireproof, but they do provide protection against the spread of fire on the garment. While you may sustain burn injuries at the point of ignition, the garments will prevent your clothing from burning further and causing more injuries. Wearing FR garments on the job can mean the difference between minor burns and serious, life threatening injuries.

If you are unsure if you need flame resistant uniforms, determine the hazards at your job site. Talk to your safety manager to find out what sort of garments are recommended. If you are the safety manager and not sure, call in an independent third party to determine the nature of your hazard and what garments will best protect your employees. Wearing flame resistant fabrics can make a huge difference. The safety of your workers is vital to the success of your business, so make sure to offer the best protection you can from on the job hazards.

Flame Resistant Fabrics


Flame Resistant Fabrics

Flame Resistant Fabrics

If the job calls for flame resistant workwear, it’s pretty important to know your fabric options, and which one is best for you to use. The very first, and one of the most important, thing to remember about fabrics when working in a fire hazardous job is no synthetic materials. Even your undergarments need to be natural fibers. Think 100 percent cotton, or silk, but watch out for polyester blends. Because polyester will melt right onto your body in the case of an accident, it’s best to just steer clear of it. Flame resistant workwear comes in a variety of fabrics, and depending on your job, one might be a better fit than another. Let’s look at a few options, and how they might be used. These are Bulwark selections, and workwear in these fabrics can be purchased from Automotive Workwear.

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