I’m co teaching a webinar for ISHN magazine and DRIFIRE on the following:
The 2009 edition of the NFPA 70E Standard has added a new FR requirement for personal protective clothing. The focus of the new requirement is to avoid the natural fibers under layers from igniting. This means, for example, that a cotton t-shirt under and FR outer layer will not necessarily qualify as an HRC 2 garment system. Under the new standard, either the FR outer layer must rate at least 8 cal/cm² or additional FR undergarment layers may be added to bring they system up to the full 8 calories of protection required for HRC 2. The question is, can employees remain comfortable and compliant with increased FR protection? Can an FR garment act as an air conditioner?
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