Oil & Gas FR Clothing
OSHA (Ohio Safety and Health Administration) requires that oil and gas industry workers wear FR clothing when executing specific tasks on the job. The requirement for these workers to wear flame resistant clothing comes from the presence of flash fire, one of the biggest and most dangerous hazards that oil and gas industry workers face. Not all flame resistant clothing is certified to protect against flash fires, which means oil and gas workers need a specific type of FR clothing for protection against this dangerous hazard.
In addition to flash fire protection, oil and gas industry workers face hazards that include heat stress (and cold stress, although not as prevalent), low visibility and rain or other weather-related issues. With rainwear, flame resistant clothing for oil and gas workers that protects against flash fire has to meet its own set of standards.
The good news is, National Safety Apparel has oil and gas FR clothing options that meet all hazards, conditions, and standards as well as the preferences of individual workers.
If you can't find a specific FR clothing or PPE solution for protection against oil and gas industry hazards on this page or our site, reach out to our design team for a custom solution. You can also reach out to your regional sales manager for additional questions.
One of the most prevalent occupational hazards in the oil and gas industry is flash fire. While flash fires generally have a short duration in nature, they are extremely dangerous and potentially fatal if the proper precautions aren’t taken by workers in the oil and gas industry. Workers in this industry are around flammable gasses, oil-based muds and other vapors that create an environment where flash fires can occur. FR clothing for oil and gas workers require additional protection that meets standards that go beyond traditional FR clothing.
FR Clothing UL Certified to NFPA 2112 for Flash Fire
Standard flame resistant clothing, no matter how it is made or gets its flame resistant properties, doesn’t provide protection against flash fire. In order for FR clothing to protect against flash fire, it must meet all of the requirements for NFPA 2112 and should be tested and evaluated by an independent testing and certification company. NFPA 2112 establishes minimum requirements and test methods for flame resistant fabrics that are safe to wear when conditions for a flash fire are present.
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TECGEN® FR clothing provides flame resistant protection that is certified for flash fire protection. TECGEN FR clothing for men and women includes everything from jeans and work shirts to hoodies and coveralls, all UL certified to NFPA 2112 for flash fire protection.
Working outdoors exposes oil and gas workers to a number of weather conditions, including rain, wind and other foul weather hazards. Rainwear and outerwear that provide flash fire protection is important for oil and gas industry workers. FR foul weather gear needs to do more than just provide protection from the rain. Breathability and reducing moisture build up also play a big role in foul weather gear being comfortable for workers to wear and avoid discomfort that could cause additional issues on job sites.
ASTM F2733 compliant FR Rainwear
ASTM F2733 is the standard that specifies the test methods rainwear must go through for proven flash fire protection. FR rainwear cannot melt or drip, the total body burn must not exceed 40% for flash fire protection and pass tests against water leaks, tearing, and breathability.
Targo FR bomber jackets with detachable hoods and bib overalls made with GORE-TEX PYRAD® fabric are compliant with ASTM F2733 for FR rainwear and do more than just protect against flash fires. Targo provides oil and gas workers with outerwear that is resistant to hot liquids and steams as well as petroleum and oil-based muds that they are exposed to on rigs and in wells. Waterproof and windproof Targo FR rainwear also meets varying ANSI 107 class standards and has an arc rating of 8.8 cal/cm2 (PPE CAT Level 2).
Whether it’s on fields, rigs or wells, many of the outdoor jobs in the oil and gas industry are located in warmer weather climates. It’s no surprise that working outdoors in these areas put oil and gas workers at risk for heat stress hazards. There are a number of things workers can do to prevent heat stress by taking precautions like drinking plenty of water and planning for breaks in the shade. Wearing the right type of PPE that keeps you cool while providing protection from flash fires and other hazards can also play a big role in preventing issues with heat stress on the job site.
Moisture Wicking FR Clothing
FR clothing with moisture wicking technology plays a big role in helping reduce heat stress hazards while working outdoors in extreme temperatures for oil and gas workers. Pulling the sweat away from your body and evaporating that moisture into the air allows you to remain comfortable and dry. Lightweight and moisture wicking FR clothing that is breathable and provides needed protection is easy to find with DRIFIRE 4.4 FR clothing. The DRIFIRE 4.4 coverall and work shirt help keep you dry and comfortable, are dual certified to protect against arc flash and flash fire hazards, and are made of a lightweight 4.4-ounce proprietary fabric. DRIFIRE 4.4 is also inherently flame resistant, meaning the FR protection won’t wear or wash out, making it a valuable and reliable FR clothing option for oil and gas workers.
While flash fire may be the most dangerous hazard oil and gas workers face, collisions and struck-by hazards remain among the most common cause of fatalities and injuries of those workers. Working in remote zones with low visibility as well as operating cranes, derricks and other heavy motorized equipment can put workers in danger of these hazards without the proper PPE to prevent them from becoming fatal.
FR Hi-Vis Clothing
In addition to Targo FR, which meets varying ANSI 107 class standards for hi-vis clothing while providing flash fire protection, VIZABLE® FR jackets meet Type R Class 3 standards for ANSI 107 and are UL certified to NFPA 2112 for flash fire protection. FR Hi-Vis options aren’t limited to just outerwear either. It’s important for oil and gas industry works to have comfortable next-to-skin layers that provide flash fire protection while keeping them comfortable. The VIZABLE FR Hi-Vis Dual Hazard Long Sleeve T-shirt with lightweight material that meets standards for ANSI 107 Type R Class 3 and provides flash fire protection is a good and reliable option for workers in the oil and gas industry.