Fires and arc flashes at the workplace are an imminent threat and can simply take your prospering business down and bury it. There is a common misconception that fires only occur in the oil and gas industry. The truth is that there is a threat of fire is there in numerous other industries and at least 21 industries are there where there is a compulsion to wear FR clothing. Every year thousands of workers fall prey to fires at workplaces. You under no circumstances can ignore the use of FR clothing as many a times its absence can be the difference between life and death. The lurking threats of fire just cannot be ignored. This is why you must pay special attention towards fire safety at workplaces and provide adequate custom FR uniforms to your employees to keep them protected at all times. Often a time’s injuries and casualties occur because workers do not wear the FR clothing properly. Along with providing a protected work environment and keeping your staff equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to stay safe it is also imperative for you to teach your staff how to wear their FR clothing properly. Here in this article we’ll tell you the proper way of wearing FR clothing so that they can do their job effectively which is to protect your workers and employees from fires and arc flashes.
- Correct Fitting Is Very Important
The fitting of the FR clothing is very important. They shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. They should be the right size and should be loose enough to keep some air between the FR clothing and the undergarments/under layers. This air adds a bit of insulation which increases the protection capabilities of the FR clothing. If the clothing is too tight you won’t get that little extra insulation plus working in tight fitted clothes is also very difficult. If the clothing is loose it would just be a hindrance and the chances of injuries for the wearer would increase as these loose FR clothes can get caught in equipment and machines easily.
- Wear Undergarments Made Out Of Materials That Do Not Melt
People usually pay no importance to the undergarments and feel that they are protected when they wear proper FR clothes. But the fact is people can get severely injured if they don’t wear the right undergarments. Undergarments are usually made of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, acetate, polypropylene and etc. These undergarments and innerwear are very light, comfortable and some have moisture wicking properties as well which make them a popular choice. But the downside is that these materials melt. What happens is that FR clothing will protect you from burning but the undergarments cannot handle the heat and melt onto the skin of the wearer. The melting causes sticking and fusing of the undergarment to the wearers epidermis and cause very painful and serious scalding burns. The best practice is to wear flame-resistant or arc rated undergarments or base layers. If you do not have them try to wear undergarments made out of materials that do not melt. Some non-melting materials are wool, cotton and silk.
- Make Sure To Wear Your FR Clothing Properly
A lot of times people wear FR clothing but do not wear them properly. To be comfortable people roll the sleeves up, do not button them up till the top and don’t tuck them in properly. To ensure proper protection one should always wear their FR clothing the right way. These are some of the do’s and
- Do not leave the shirt/jacket/coverall unzipped or unbuttoned and your chest exposed. Zip up, snap or button up your FR shirt/jacket/coverall till the top (as high as possible).
- Do not roll up your sleeves and always button up or snap the cuffs at the wrist.
- Do not let your shirt hanging loose and avoid shirt tails. Always tuck you shirt in properly.
- Your Outer Clothing Should Always Be Flame Resistant
One of the most common mistakes that workers and employees make is that they wear non-FR clothes on the outside and the FR clothes on the inside. For example workers often wear their FR workwear and then put on a regular jacket on top. Because of this the outer-most layer that should be protecting you is the one which is most vulnerable to burning. If the outer wear catches fire, it can burn your neck, face and other exposed parts. The whole point of FR clothes goes to waste. The outer layer should always be made of FR materials. Some examples of FR outerwear are FR jackets, FR coats, FR bibs, FR coveralls and etc.