Safety Clothing: The Lineman's Guide to Workwear

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Safety clothing: Are you a lineman? If so, you are likely accustomed to facing all types of conditions to protect our nation’s public safety. You may travel long distances, grind it out in the elements and brave great heights. As a lineman, you hold one of the toughest jobs there is so that the rest of us can enjoy the power we need to work, live and play. Your everyday to-do list might even include carrying tools and equipment weighing a total of 30 pounds. Hazardous conditions are probably familiar to you and something you conquer in order to get the job done.

You need quality gear to protect yourself from on-the-job hazards as a lineman. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards to keep you safe. According to OSHA , personal protective equipment for the electric power industry generally includes safety glasses, face shields, hard hats, safety shoes, insulating (rubber) gloves with leather protectors, insulating sleeves, and flame-resistant (FR) clothing.

As a lineman, you are probably well-versed on electric arcs and the safety hazard they can present. Arc blasts can include high temperatures over short periods of time, hot gases, an intense pressure wave from the explosion, and shrapnel from vaporized and molten metal particles. These blasts can cause injuries from severe burns, blindness, hearing and memory loss, to broken bones, or even death. If you are exposed to an arc, what you’re wearing is critical to your safety.

To make sure electrical workers are properly protected from hazards like electric arcs, the FR clothing industry has developed a heat energy rating system for FR fabrics. To find the right FR clothing to use, the heat energy (cal/cm2) that workers will be exposed to needs to be calculated. According to OSHA , calculating an arc's heat energy can be found in several sources, like National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace . NFPA puts fire hazard risks into categories according to how severe they are, from one to four. Hazard Risk Category or HRC is the level of arc flash protection clothing that you need to wear to protect against a minimum level of incident energy (cal/cm2). Employers are responsible for helping workers determine what category level of protection they need for a specific job.

You can be confident while facing hazards when you are wearing the right FR clothing. The Working Person’s Store USA-made men’s henley shirt is a quality piece that lineman can add to their work wardrobe for safety as well as comfort and style.

Working Person’s Store created this shirt to exceed standards in FR safety. It meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F15016 Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Arc Rated Textile Materials for Wearing Apparel for Use by Electrical Workers Exposed to Momentary Electric Arc and Related Thermal Hazards and has an Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) of of 9 cal/cm^2. It is also compliant to the H RC 2 as defined by NFPA, and meets standards put in place by OSHA and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

You need comfort in addition to safety and this shirt will make sure you’re covered with both. It’s made with 6.2 ounces of 100% flame-resistant cotton that’s soft against the skin. The raglan sleeves give lineman the flexibility and range of motion they need to move and climb on the job. The stitching is designed to prevent chafing to keep you from irritation on the job. The ribbed cuffs and collar and the three-button closure ensure you have a tailored look to go with the perfect fit.

As part of Working Person’s Store Arc Defender line, this shirt is made in the USA and c ertified by UL -- a safety consulting and certification company. It’s also non-carcinogenic and doesn’t contain bromide or formaldehyde. This FR shirt’s safety features coupled with its quality craftsmanship make it one of the best in its class.

Lineman take risks every day so our country can enjoy the power that keeps the lights on. When it comes to safety, lineman need to make sure they’re suiting up with the FR clothing that meets standards to help keep them safe.

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