Recently published in the September/October 2017 issue of Incident Prevention Magazine is an article I co-authored with Arcwear’s PPE Project Manager, Stacy Klausing, Secondary FR Garments: Practical Solutions for Protection.
Read the complete article to find out more about disposable garments, a new ANSI/ISEA standard in the works, and what you need to do to ensure compliance.
Flame resistance is defined by NFPA 2113 as the “property of a material whereby combustion is prevented, terminated, or inhibited following the application of a flaming or non-flaming source of ignition, with or without the subsequent removal of the ignition source.”
Based on our many years in the industry, we like to educate that it’s not really flame resistance you need to look for on PPE labels; it’s the appropriate standard specification associated with the hazard or hazards you are at risk for.
A new standard, ANSI/ISEA 203, is underway and almost ready for publication. It will be the first to directly address secondary PPE intended for flame and thermal protection. This document was created specifically for disposable secondary garments intended to be worn over primary protection and to provide a limited amount of flame resistance – limited, as these garments are not intended to serve as primary protection and do not have to meet the same requirements as primary protection.