When it comes to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the fabric brand makes the difference between worker safety and serious injury. In fact, in order for garments to meet NFPA 70E or NFPA 2112 the fabric has to meet certain performance test criteria. ASTM F1959 (Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Thermal Performance Value of Materials for Clothing) and ASTM F1930 (Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Flame Resistant Clothing for Protection Against Fire Simulations Using an Instrumented Manikin) are both fabric based test methods that are critical for arc flash or flash fire protection. However, the importance of the fabric goes beyond the standards. The FR Fabric is also essential to the comfort, shrinkage control, and durability of the FR garment. Only a trusted, proven FR fabric manufacturer can deliver the safety and comfort workers want in their fabric- so always specify the FR fabric brand.
There is a difference between Westex UltraSoft® and other cotton nylon FR fabrics
Understanding the difference between flame resistant (FR) fabric types, manufacturing methods and brands can be confusing — especially with so many poor-performing generics flooding the market. For blended cotton/nylon fabric blends, terms like “88/12 FR” do not equate to fabric performance — it is simply a type of fabric. This can be misleading when searching for an FR program, especially if a trusted garment brand uses lower-quality, generic FR fabric. Westex UltraSoft®, the first fabric brand made with a cotton/ nylon blend, offers the guaranteed flame resistance, softness and shrinkage control that only a trusted FR fabric brand can provide. Your workers’ safety should be a top priority — so when you’re searching for an FR program, specify the FR fabric brand to be sure your employees are properly protected.