In workplaces with a risk of arc flash or flash fire, wearing flame resistant (FR) clothing is an essential safety measure. But if an FR program isn’t implemented properly, wearers may still be at risk. So to maximize protection, it’s critical to understand the best practices for starting and maintaining FR programs –– including why you should specify the fabric before you pick a garment supplier.
According to NFPA 70E, when an electric current passes through air between ungrounded conductors and grounded conductors, the temperatures can reach 35,000° F. Exposure to these extreme temperatures both burns the skin directly and causes ignition of clothing, which adds to the burn injury. The majority of hospital admissions due to electrical accidents are from the arc-flash burns, not from shock. Each year more than 2,000 people are admitted to burn centers with severe arc-flash burns. Arc flash can and will kill at distances of 10 feet.
The NFPA and CGSB define a Flash Fire as a rapidly moving flame front, which can be a combustion explosion. Flash fire may occur in an environment where fuel and air become mixed in adequate concentrations to combust... flash fire has a heat flux of approximately 84kW/m2 for relatively short periods of time, typically less than three seconds.
The first of a four-part series, this video highlights the three qualities that matter most in FR fabric — guaranteed flame resistance for the life of the garment, shrinkage control and unparalleled comfort.
The second video in the series explores the complexity of FR fabric manufacturing and how difficult it is to strike a balance between superior flame resistance, shrinkage control and comfort.Part 1
This video — the third in the series — compares standard industry FR manufacturing processes with Westex's proprietary approach. While most companies use only a few basic steps, Westex has engineered a stringent, 15-step process that produces the best possible results.Part 1 Part 2
Our final video showcases the results of a test that compared the performance of various FR fabrics after harsh industrial washings. Many fabrics were tested, but only Westex UltraSoft® consistently delivered on all the qualities that matter ---- guaranteed flame resistance for the life of the garment, shrinkage control and unparalleled comfort.Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
View performance data and see how Westex FR fabrics measure up against leading brand name and generics.View the Data
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