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.

Proud to Be a Distributor of VF Imagewear

Red Kap, Bulwark, & Chef Designs Brands

Proud to Be a Distributor of VF Imagewear

Automotive Workwear is proud to be a top distributor for the brands of VF Imagewear. VF Imagewear is known around the world for their high quality brands, outfitting workers on oil rigs, in factories, on the golf course, and in the boardroom. You might be familiar with some of the great brands that are available: Red Kap, Bulwark, Chef Designs, and more.

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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.

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

Jeans, and How They Fit

Work Jeans & Dungarees

Jeans, and How They Fit

Shopping for jeans can be a great experience, but more often than not, it can be a headache inducing experience that ends with semi-decent jeans for you. When you need quality jeans for your job, don’t settle for less than spectacular jeans. Choosing jeans can actually be a simple task when you know what you’re looking for. Jeans come in a variety of fits and shapes. The jeans that are most comfortable for hanging out with family and friends on weekends are probably not going to be the best jeans for your strenuous job, whether it’s automotive, maintenance, or farming. You need to be familiar with the various cuts in order to choose the best ones for you.

  • Classic fit. Classic fit jeans are a good choice for looking professional and properly dressed. A little looser fitting than slim fit jeans, these jeans are more tailored and close fitting than relaxed fit jeans. Depending on your job, you know if these jeans provide enough ease of movement for your tasks. Jeans do, of course, stretch with you to some small degree. Most classic fit jeans feature a traditional rise, sitting at your natural waist which makes these nice for work. You don’t want to be worried about your jeans falling too low when you’re trying to look professional on the job.
  • Loose fit. Loose fit jeans are extremely relaxed. These jeans will be loose through the seat, hips, thighs, and legs. If you are larger, or need a jeans that allow a lot of movement on the job, these might be the perfect work pants for you. Most loose fit jeans have a straight leg, and Red Kap makes a pair with an updated lower rise. A lower rise with loose fit jeans might make for a more comfortable work experience, but just be sure to maintain a professional appearance with a longer shirt and/or a belt.
  • Relaxed fit. Relaxed fit jeans are somewhere in between the classic fit and the loose fit. They are comfortably relaxed through the seat and thighs, allowing for ease of movement, while still holding some shape. Like the classic fit, most relaxed fit jeans will have the traditional rise, sitting at your natural waist. Depending on your job, relaxed fit jeans are a nice compromise between the more close fitting classic fit and the almost-but-not-quite baggy style of loose fitting jeans for a professional look.
  • Dungarees. Dungarees are, in fact, simply another term for blue jeans. If your job calls for dungarees, know that you can opt for a pair of blue jeans, whether or not they are listed as dungarees. Since they are simply jeans, dungarees are available in a variety of fits–classic, loose, and relaxed are the ones you will most likely see for workwear. As seen above, you can choose the fit that will work best for your body type and job.

When you’re looking for work wear jeans, check out the Red Kap offerings at Automotive Workwear. With a variety of styles, you can be sure to find the perfect pair for your needs.

Embroidery: Custom Logos

Embroidery: Custom Logo

Ordering custom embroidered workwear has never been quite so simple. Automotive workwear makes the process easy, and affordable. From custom logos, to names, custom embroidery on workwear fosters uniformity, branding, and excellent customer service. Keep reading for more information on the process of ordering custom logos for your company’s workwear.

  1. Send Your Logo. The first step to ordering your company’s logo embroidered on workwear is to email the company logo. Convert your logo to a JPG file, and email it to Automotive Workwear will also accept GIF, PSD, PDF, BMP, EPS, and TIFF, but prefers to work with JPG file format. You should include the desired dimensions of your logo in the email. Average size logos are 2.75” by 3.5”, although Automotive Workwear will embroider the logo as large as 4.5” x 4.5”. After emailing the logo, call a customer service representative at 800-589-1084 to help walk you through the process.
  2. Payment. There is a one time fee of $79 to digitize your logo so that it can be custom embroidered onto your Red Kap work wear. Your emailed file will have to be turned into a special sewing machine file before it can be embroidered. After your logo is successfully digitized, Automotive Workwear will run a sew-off sample, and send it to you for approval.
  3. Approve the Sew-Off Sample. Approximately one week after sending your logo via email, you should receive the sew-off sample. You will need to approve it. Once the logo has been approved, there can be no changes made to the sewing machine file, and it will be stored for future use whenever you order workwear.
  4. Run Off Charges. At this point, you have a custom embroidered logo that can be used on any piece of work wear that you desire–work shirts, jackets, coveralls, etc. A run off charge will be charged with the item of work wear when you order it. For example, if you order a jacket, include the run off price of $6.95 with the price of the jacket for your total. Depending on the number of items ordered, the run off charge will vary. There is lower run off pricing for higher volume ordered.
  5. Start Ordering. Now that you have your custom embroidered logo, and you know how run off charges work, you can start ordering the workwear that you need. Whether you need Red Kap work shirts, jackets, or coveralls, you can order them with your company’s logo to promote uniformity among employees, and branding in your community.

If you are looking for work wear for your company that will stand out, look no further than custom embroidered logos on Red Kap apparel. Adding your logo, or an employee name, to your uniforms is a sure way to keep your company’s employees looking professional and promoting your company name. Email your company logo to Automotive Workwear today to get started with making a custom embroidered logo for your work wear.