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NFPA 2112 & 2113: Protecting Personnel Against Flash Fire

Posted by Jim Wasserson on 3/31/17 11:53 AM

NFPA-OSHA-Workwear.jpgProtecting your personnel should always be a top priority!

The industrial work industry carries a number of hazards and conditions that can cause flash fires. While dangerous, these fire hazards can easily be avoided when the right precautions are taken and the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn. To ensure your company is up to industry code, look to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112 and 2113 regulations when selecting your workwear and meeting standards for protecting your personnel.

Ensuring Your Workwear Selection is NFPA Compliant

Ultimately, your uniform program must provide fire retardant certified industrial workwear to all personnel, and you need a cleaning and maintenance process that will keep workwear uniforms contaminant free, in like-new condition to ensure effectiveness. Let’s take a closer look at how you can keep your company NFPA compliant and safeguard your employees with industrial standards:

NFPA 2112 is an essential standard for manufacturers. This regulation specifies performance requirements for flame-resistant (FR) garments and workwear. Your uniform solution must follow standards for design, construction, and FR certification.

Non Compliant Materials:

  • Acetate
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Rayon

Compliant Workwear Materials:

  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Nomex

Garment materials like acetate, nylon, and polyester all have low melting points and are unsafe when exposed to high temperatures. FR uniform materials like cotton, wool, and especially Nomex don’t melt and drip like the other materials. They burn at a slower rate and won't combust until they are above 200 °C – Nomex resists combustion up to 425 °C.

NFPA 2113 specifies requirements for the selection, use, and maintenance of garments that are considered NFPA 2112 compliant. This code helps ensure that proper laundering methods are used to remove contaminants and that uniform maintenance is performed to retain FR garment integrity. To ensure compliance, all NFPA FR workwear should go through a detailed uniform cleaning and maintenance process. This is easy to achieve through the use of a trusted FR uniform rental company that understands and can cater a uniform program to your company’s needs.

“To ensure compliance, all FR workwear should go through a thorough uniform cleaning and maintenance process.”

Keeping Workwear NFPA Compliant and Contaminant Free

Uniform rental services play a huge role in meeting industry regulations. If you currently have a provider or are considering starting a new uniform rental program, it’s important to make sure the uniform vendor you choose can consistently supply your exact workwear needs. Large national providers tend to spread their attention across multiple different services, and this can create issues when looking for the perfect uniform solution.

Clean Rental Uniforms is committed to providing exceptional services specifically for uniform rentals. Our specialization allows us to offer custom uniform programs that fit your needs and exceed the regulations of NFPA, OSHA, and other industrial uniform standards. We’ve also invested our resources in research and development for optimal laundering methods and contamination prevention.

Need a custom FR uniform solution in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, or Maryland area? Clean Rental Uniforms has you covered! Get in touch with one of our industry experts to see what exceptional uniform services can do for your company.

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Topics: Flame Retardant Uniforms, employee safety