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Workrite will be in Canada in November at the Health & Safety Conference in Alberta on November, 19-21. If you’re at the show, stop by to meet our Canadian National Sales Manager, Karim Panjwani.
I just received my new copy of NFPA 654 Combustible Dust Standard 2013 edition. The key sections related to FR clothing are:
Section 188.8.131.52 “Personnel exposed to a dust flash fire hazard shall be protected in accordance with 11.2.2.”
Section 11.2.2 “Operating and maintenance procedures shall address personal protective equipment (PPE), including flame-resistant garments, in accordance with the workplace hazard assessment required in NFPA 2113…”
Appendix A11.2.2 “Where a dust explosion hazard or dust flash fire hazard exists, flame-resistant garments provide a measure of protection for exposed personnel.”
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The NFPA 2112/2113 committee finished its most recent meeting last Wednesday. The four key areas of focus were:
1. Review of proposals for the next edition of NFPA 2113. There were a number of proposals reviewed and the committee made suggested actions on each. One proposal of note was suggesting the title of the standard itself be changed. The proposal was to change the words “Flash Fire” to “Short Duration Thermal Exposure.” The committee had a relatively long discussion, but came to a consensus that changing the title more accurately reflects the types of hazard experienced in the field. A flash fire is just one type of thermal exposure that FR garments can protect against and therefore the committee wanted readers to not lose focus of that fact.
2. In section 4.2.3 (1), ‘thermal intensity’ was added to ‘duration and magnitude’ as an additional variable to consider when performing a hazard assessment. This lets those performing hazard assessments account for the fact that different fuels and different conditions can change the thermal intensity along with the size and duration of a short duration thermal exposure.
3. The committee also discussed the type of testing that should be used for insulation materials, since putting these materials through all the same testing as the shell fabric is not necessary and will not allow suitable insulation materials to become compliant. Task groups were formed to propose wording that will address this issue. These proposals will then be submitted as Temporary Interim Amendments (TIA’s) so insulated products can be submitted for compliance sooner, rather than waiting for the next revision cycle.
4. Lastly, the committee discussed the effect of adding external emblems and name tags to NFPA 2112 certified garments by someone other than the garment manufacturer. The committee agreed that this is not a problem as long as they follow the statement shown in section 4.3.6 of NFPA 2113 “Non-flame-resistant heraldry attached to the exterior of the garment (e.g. logos, name tags, non-flame-resistant silk-screened artwork, etc.) shall be kept to a minimum, both in surface area and number.” The certifying agency certifies the garments as they are produced and it is the users/employers responsibility to follow NFPA section 4.3.6.
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Workrite will be exhibiting at three shows in October. The Lineman’s Rodeo is always a hit with our annual Plinko game and popcorn poppin’ all day long. NSC is our biggest show of the year, so if you’re in the area, make sure to come see the Workrite booth as well as the full sales staff and tons of product.
EEI Fall – Birmingham, AL
Lineman’s Rodeo – Overland Park, KS
National Safety Council – Orlando, FL
Workrite has introduced a new line of innovative knits featuring TenCate Tecasafe® Plus. Our new knits are dual-hazard and can protect against both flash fire and arc flash. They are certified to NFPA 2112 and NFPA 1975 and meet HRC 2 for NFPA 70E. Made from the first inherently knit product engineered to withstand the rigors of industrial laundering, these knits are geared toward both industrial and fire service customers.
Click here for more information on our knew dual-hazard knits.
Safety isn’t seasonal – it’s year round. At Workrite, we make flame-resistant (FR) outerwear that looks good, feels comfortable, and protects workers in the harshest outdoor environments. Be protected all year long with our wide selection, including jackets and fleece in a variety of fabric weights – constructed to be easily layered for better fit and protection. With 100% inspection at every step of our manufacturing process, we deliver long-lasting, wearable FR every time.
With style for all seasons, Workrite has built better FR outerwear for the last 40 years. Don’t leave your employees out in the cold, order your outerwear today!
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