Flame Resistant Fabrics

Flame Resistant Workwear: Knowing What You Need

Flame resistant workwear makes up some of our best selling products. There are so many different options for flame resistant, or FR, work apparel and we carry a leading brand with a variety of garments. Knowing what you need in your FR garments is very important to know before placing your order.

First of all, our Bulwark flame resistant workwear provides what is called secondary protection. Primary protection is the type of gear that firefighters wear, including head to toe coverage for running into flames. Secondary protection provides protection against the high risk of an electrical arc or flash fire. Our Bulwark FR clothing will self extinguish in seconds, meaning the difference between minor burns, and serious, life threatening injuries. Many hazardous lines of work, including the electrical industry, oil and gas industries, and even manufacturing, call for flame resistant workwear. Let’s take a look at how to know what you need.

The first rule of ordering flame resistant workwear? Talk to your safety manager. In any line of work that deals with flash fire hazards, employees should be able to ask a safety manager what level of protection is required for the job that is being done. If your job does not have a safety manager, talk to your employer. Jobs should be properly assessed, and you should be aware of the hazard risk category (HRC) level, as well as the ARC rating, that you need to meet with your protective garments.

Bulwark’s flame resistant workwear clearly states what HRC level and ARC rating the garment meets, as well as which regulations the garment may be compliant with. For example, our flame resistant Excel-FR cotton classic coveralls feature a HRC level 2, ARC rating ATPV 11.2 calories/cm2, and are compliant with NFPA 2112. If you are aware of the safety regulations you need to meet, as well as the HRC level or ARC rating, you can easily find exactly what you need on our website.

Our Bulwark flame resistant workwear garments are available in a variety of fabrics. We have inherently flame resistant fabrics, those are man made materials, and treated flame resistant fabrics–like FR cotton. Some of our inherently FR fabrics include Nomex IIIA, Firewear, and Nomex blend Cool Touch. Depending on your job, and the kind of clothing you prefer to wear, you’ll find a wide variety of options to suit your needs. Bulwark FR work apparel is guaranteed for the life of the garment, but you’ll want to be sure to follow proper laundering directions to ensure your safety in the garment. You can find out about all the various fabrics, and laundering instructions, on our website.

What do you need to know before ordering flame resistant workwear? You need to know the safety regulations and standards your protective garments need to meet. You can easily search through our flame resistant options by categories, and then choose to sort by ratings and industries to find out which garments match your needs. If you have any questions, please give our customer service representatives a call!