WHY FLAME RETARDANT FR CLOTHING
Every day, workers around the world are risking their lives as they are exposed to the risk of flash fire, electrical arc flash and molten metal splash. In the split second when such a dangerous situation does occur, providing the right FR clothing can make the difference between avoiding a disaster involving serious injury, or death.
In a matter of seconds, a momentary electric arc, flash fire or molten metal splash exposure can surround a worker with searing temperatures that will ignite everyday non-flame resistant workwear instantaneously. Worse yet, non-flame resistant workwear continue to burn even after the source of ignition has subsided. In fact, the majority of severe and fatal burn injuries are due to the ignition of non-flame resistant work clothes - not by the actual exposure to the heat source itself.
Using flame resistant clothing can provide the necessary thermal protection to shield 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. In many cases, they can mean the difference between a minor accident and a tragic fatality.
FIRE, SPARKS AND MOLTEN METAL
For people working in environments where they are exposed to sparks, molten metal and flash fires face the daily possibility of serious injury or even death.
■ Welding & Metal Fabrication
■ Aluminium Smelting
■ Oil and Gas
■ Chemical Manufacturing
For people working in environments where they are exposed to the possibility of static
buildup which can lead to fuel ignition and flash fires.
■ Oil and Gas
■ Chemical Manufacturing
Arc Flash hazards are a critical and unavoidable safety issue for electrical workers.
An Arc Flash is an electrical current that is passed through air when insulation or isolation
between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage.
■ Electrical Maintenance
■ Electrical Installation
FR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING LEVELS
PRIMARY PROTECTIVE CLOTHING is designed to be worn for work activities
where significant exposure to molten substance splash, radiant heat, and flame is likely to
Primary Protective Clothing includes Arc Flash Switching Apparel, Structural Firefighting Apparel, Aluminised Protective Apparel, Hazmat Suits and Chemical Splash Protective Garments. Primary Protective Clothing is designed to be worn over Secondary Protective Clothing.
SECONDARY PROTECTIVE CLOTHING is everyday workwear which is designed for continuous wear in designated locations where intermittent exposure to molten substance splash, radiant heat, and flame is possible.
Secondary Protective Clothing is usually worn under Primary Protective Clothing where high levels of protection is required. Secondary Protective Clothing should be worn at all times in a workplace, but it should not be a substitute for primary protective clothing. The workplace hazards that you are facing every day will determine the level of FR clothing and material combinations you will require.
Elliotts Preferred FR Workwear Fabric Solution
TenCate Tecasafe® plus is engineered to provide unbeatable electric arc and flash fire protection that lasts longer than FR treated cotton fabrics. Tecasafe® plus is a soft and lightweight fabric providing unmatched comfort with inherent protection will never wash or wear out.
Walls®FR fabrics provides flame resistance that is guaranteed for the life of the garment without sacrificing the soft breathable comfort of cotton. That’s because it’s 88% cotton, with 12% high-tenacity nylon which provides extra garment durability for an excellent value equation.
|ALu- SAFE® is a unique high performance workwear fabric developed specifically and especially to protect workers in Primary Aluminium Smelters who are exposed to the hazards and dangers of molten aluminium and cryolite (reduction cell flux) splash. ALu-SAFE® also offers protection from hazards such as radiant and convective heat and electric arc.|