Leading safety gear specialist, Elliotts advises companies to standardise flame resistant clothing at their facilities to protect their workers against injuries from flash fires, electrical arc flashes and molten metal splashes.
Protective apparel that can withstand the high intensity heat of these workplace accidents can safeguard employees against serious injury or even death.
Even a momentary exposure to electric arc, flash fire or molten metal splash can surround a worker with searing temperatures that will ignite everyday non-flame resistant work clothes instantaneously. A majority of severe and fatal burn injuries are due to the ignition of non-flame resistant work clothes and not by actual exposure to the heat source.
Flame resistant clothing or FR safety workwear can provide the necessary thermal protection to workers at the moment of exposure. Once the source of ignition is removed, flame resistant garments will self-extinguish, greatly limiting the severity of a burn.
Flame resistant workwear can often be the difference between a minor incident and a tragic fatality.
Workers exposed to sparks, molten metal and flash fires are presented with the daily possibility of serious injury or even death from their clothing catching fire. Likewise, arc flash hazards are a critical and unavoidable safety issue for electrical workers, maiming or killing a significant number worldwide.
Modern FR materials
TenCate Tecasafe Plus
Engineered to provide unbeatable electric arc and flash fire protection that lasts twice as long as FR treated cotton fabrics, Tecasafe Plus is a soft and lightweight fabric providing superior comfort and inherent protection that will never wash or wear out.
Made from 88% cotton and 12% high-tenacity nylon, Banwear FR fabrics provide flame resistance guaranteed for the life of the garment without compromising the comfort factor.
Developed specifically to protect workers in primary aluminium smelters who are exposed to the hazards and dangers of molten aluminium and cryolite splash, ALu-SAFE also offers protection from hazards such as radiant and convective heat and electric arc.
Standards governing FR workwear
- NFPA70E, the National Fire Protection Agency’s 70E Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces requires employees to wear flame resistant protective clothing wherever there is possible exposure to electric arc flash
- ENA NENS 09-2006 National Guidelines (Australia) govern the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment for electrical hazards
- AS/NZS 4836:2011 for safe working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment with specific requirements for PPE including flame retardant clothing
- ASTM F1506 Standard performance specification for textile materials for wearing apparel for use by electrical workers exposed to momentary arc and related thermal hazards
- NFPA 2112 Standard for flame resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire