Flame Resistant Accessories
Do your employees work with hazardous flames, come in contact with molten metals, work on or near electricity, or energized parts? If the answer is yes, you should consult a safety professional to determine if your workers have the proper safety gear and clothing available. It’s any organization's responsibility to follow industry standards and OSHA regulations to protect their employees from the hazards of their job.
There are many precautionary measures that one can take to allow your employees to be safer in the workplace, and this includes flame resistant accessories and clothing. But before we focus on the different accessories available, let’s look at the different flames and other hazardous elements.
- Arc Flash
- Electric Arc Flashes produce temperature up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- Everyday around 5-10 electric flash explosions occur in US.
- Flash Fire
- Flash fires generate temperatures of 1,000 to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Molten Metal Splash
- Molten metal can reach temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit
It’s important to regularly assess the flame-resistant accessories that your employees are wearing on a daily basis. It will help to foster a safer working environment, allowing your employees to work and feel protected, while benefitting from high quality clothing and accessories.
Here are a few aspects to consider when you need to assess your employees’ workwear:
- Assessment of hazards, so that your employees are protected from arc flashes, hot fluids, etc.);
- Evaluate the available FR clothing and accessories in your work environment;
- Develop specifications for buying the FR accessories for your employees.
Conduct Other Hazard Assessments
- Evaluate if there’s a need of FR garment decontamination;
- Determine if there are any environmental constraints for using any FR garments;
- Know the importance of thermal hazards and their extent.
Evaluating the requirements for FR garments
- This can be determined from the worksite incidents in history;
- The risk of employees’ work garments igniting during their working activities;
- Potential of avoiding flame contact;
- Proximity where the employees will work around fire hazards.
Selecting the Right FR Accessories and Clothing
Consider the following while buying the FR garments
- Select FR accessories that meet the standards of NFPA;
- Fabrics and physical characteristics of the fabric;
- Comfort of the fabric and garments;
- Identifying the effect of other hazards that your employees may be exposed to;
- Conditions under which FR work accessories will be worn out;
- Ensure the garments are not too tight for the employee as it is necessary to maintain a layer of air between fabric and skin;
- Ensure that primary closure systems of garments like zippers will continue to function;
- Ensure that logos, reflective striping and other symbols are made from the FR materials only.
Use of FR Accessories at the Workplace
- Specify locations that require the use of FR garments as a must;
- Provide your employees with care, use and maintenance information of these FR garments;
- Inform your employees of any limitations (if any) related to FR garments’ usage;
- Educate them with the usage of undergarments and outer garments that has to be used with the FR garments.
Care & Maintenance of FR Garments
- Always ensure that FR garments are kept clean with flammable materials
- Wash your garments once in a week
- Avoid frequent cleaning as this reduces the flame resistance capability of the garments
- Strictly follow the laundering instructions provided by the FR garment manufacturing company
Storing FR garments
If you want to care for flame-resistant accessories and clothing, not to worry. First, do not store in direct sunlight as this reduces the flame resistance capability. Before storing FR garments, ensure it is dry and clean. Do not store the garments with personal belongings.
These are just some of the storing instructions, and you may have a few tips of your own. As long as you look after flame-resistant clothing, they can last a long time and they can be passed on to someone new. Accessories can be bought to enhance an employee’s working experience and give them all the tools they need to provide a professional service to their customers.
Disposal of retired or damaged FR garments
- Retire your FR garments when they can no longer be repaired or used for flame protection;
- Retire garments from the service after the life span, as mentioned by the manufacturer;
- Destroy the garments in a way that they can’t be used further as flame protecting garment.
So Be Ready
Now you are already aware of the important factors when planning to buy FR garments for your employees, we have a great collection of the required FR accessories. With our professional commitment and diverse options, we bring you flame resistant accessories delivering comfort, convenience and care.
For more information about our flame-resistant shirts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.