Selecting Arc Flash & Flash Fire Foul Weather Gear - Pt 1

As more solutions and features become available for flame resistant foul weather gear, selecting a garment can become complicated. To help simplify the process, we’ve outlined the applications, hazards, and fabric technologies that will help you determine the best selection.

This three part blog series has been adapted from the Selecting Arc Rated Flame Resistant Foul Weather Gear Webinar.


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NFPA 70E Update and What It Means to Your Organization

Let’s start with the basics. NFPA 70E is the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. As stated on the National Fire Protection Association website: NFPA 70E requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast, and assists in complying with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. OSHA 1926 Subpart K outlines Electrical Standards for Construction and OSHA 1910 Subpart S considers design safety standards such as Acceptable Job-Made Extension Cords, Electrical Standards and Computer Security Devices and Electrical Conductor Identification.

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NFPA 2112 and What It Means For Your Company

At this point, most safety professionals in the Oil and Gas industry are specifying 2112 compliant garments. Thankfully, there are many 2112 certified choices in the market. We are often asked to describe what 2112 certification means and why end users should care about it. Let’s cover these points and some other frequently asked questions.

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The Importance of FR Winter Head Protection

You may have heard of the myth that 70% of your body heat is lost through your head, and while this is only a myth, it is still extremely important to keep your head covered this winter. The amount of body heat lost depends on how much skin you expose, not the particular body. Since the head only makes up about 10 percent of the average body’s total area, it can only account for 10 percent of total body heat lost.

Although the head does not naturally lose heat disproportionately from the body, leaving your head exposed while the rest of your body is covered can cause this disproportionate loss of heat. Check out the video to the right, created by University of Michigan Professor Andrew Maynard, which debunks the 70% myth and illustrates how heat is lost through the body.

The best way to protect yourself from the cold is to have full body coverage, including your head. When it comes to working outside around arc flash and fire hazards, this is often not as easy as it sounds. Once you’ve found the proper FR workwear and outerwear for cold weather, don’t forget to complete your full body coverage with winter head protection. The specific FR headwear that will work best for you will depend on your potential hazards, employer requirements, and personal preference.

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3 Winter Hazards to Watch For

Staying warm this winter isn’t just a matter of comfort, it’s a matter of safety. Leaving your body exposed to the various winter hazards can lead to decreased productivity and potential injury, even death. Thankfully, with the proper FR clothing, it’s possible to stay both warm and protected this winter.

While selecting FR clothing for cool and cold weather can be a difficult task, being aware of all potential hazards will help you with this process. However, as the seasons change, so do the hazards. To prepare you for the change in seasons, here are the top 3 winter hazards to watch for and how to prepare for them.

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Selecting FR Clothing for Cooler Weather

As the winter months approach and the temperature drops, it’s important to keep workers warm by selecting the proper FR clothing. The cooler temperatures create a new hazard for workers: cold stress. Similar to heat stress, this occurs when someone loses the ability to regulate their body temperature due to being exposed to extreme temperatures. As skin temperature drops, the core body temperature will eventually drop too. This can lead to a decrease in productivity and performance, but it doesn’t stop there. Cold stress can eventually lead to hypothermia, which can cause workers to lose coordination, a decrease in breathing and heart rate, and a loss of consciousness. To protect your workers from cold stress, it is important to select the proper FR clothing for the cold weather.

Below is a list of considerations to follow when selecting FR clothing for your team for the cooler months

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5 Ways To Stay Warm This Fall With FR Garments

Like all good things, summer must come to an end. Fall is quickly approaching and with it comes foul weather and cold temperatures. Thankfully, staying warm, dry, and compliant doesn’t have to be hard. 

Finding the proper work wear and foul weather gear will depend on the environment, work conditions/practices, and potential hazards you face. Rain, low visibility, and cold temperatures are just a few of the factors that need to be considered when selecting the proper FR workwear and outerwear. Equally important to staying warm and dry is remaining compliant to industry standards for safety. Layering FR garments is a great way to stay warm and dry, but, if not done properly, it can interfere with the necessary requirements for compliance to the industry and employer standards. Whether you comply with OSHA 1910, NFPA 70E, and NFPA 2112 outer most layers must be FR

To prepare you for the change of seasons, here are 5 ways to stay warm and remain compliant this fall. 

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The 1-2-3 of Innovative Arc Flash Head Protection

There are many common problems and complaints associated with arc flash head protection. Poor visibility, lack of airflow, heavy and bulky products, and poor two-way communication are just a few of the most cited complaints. All of these can lead to decrease compliance, which could result in worker injury or, at the very least, a decrease in overall effectiveness and productivity.

To combat these problems and avoid potential injury, National Safety Apparel offers the ArcGuard 20 cal lift front arc flash hood. 

Lightweight & breathable, optimal airflow, and increased visibility is not what you expect to find in your typical arc flash head protection – but this is exactly what you get with this arc flash hood. This lift front hood combines the latest innovations in arc flash protection, including PureView™ faceshield technology, into one superior product.

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National Safety Apparel Selected as 2018 Business Longevity Awards Honoree

National Safety Apparel has been selected as an honoree for the 2018 Smart Business Business Longevity Awards. The Business Longevity Awards, presented by Smart Business Network Inc., recognize local organizations with at least 50 years in business that demonstrate an ability to adapt and evolve with the changing times. These awards celebrate the rich history of Northeast Ohio’s business community and acknowledge the specific companies that have made it all possible.  

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