Arc flash protective clothing

Arc flash protective clothing

For arc flash protection, Ergodyne offers flame resistant (FR) personal protective clothing and equipment. According to Ergodyne, this is a frequently misunderstood and misrepresented topic.

Protective clothing winter liners and hi-visibility vests that are made of polyester with topical FR treatments are often inaccurately believed or reported to be FR-compliant. The topical treatment does help the liner or vest self-extinguish but only after the flame source is removed. As long as the flame is present, polyester will do what polyester does: melt, drip, and burn. On winter liners, this treatment is often described as a "single wash," meaning it will be ineffective after one laundering. On hi-visibility vests, this treatment may last up to 25 washes.
"Treated polyester products do not meet any FR garment standard appropriate for arc flash or flash fire hazards such as ASTM F1506 or NFPA 2112," said Adria Hardy, product manager at Ergodyne. "If the job calls for workers to wear clothing compliant to any of the FR garment standards, it is critical that they do not wear PPE with a topical FR treatment."
Ergodyne offers an ever-growing collection of FR-compliant products in both their N-Ferno® and GloWear® categories. Their FR-compliant liners, hoods, and vests provide a level of protective clothing well beyond topically treated polyester and are appropriate for use in both arc and flash fire applications.

"Arc and flash fires are serious issues, and, as a safety manufacturer dedicated to making the workplace a better place, we are voicing our commitment to FR education and providing FR-compliant gear," said Tom Votel, president and CEO at Ergodyne. "There's no time for a PPE mistake when it comes to these hazards."

For more information about Ergodyne or other protective equipment, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers’ Guide.

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