BULWARK PROTECTION BLOG

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Why Wearing FR Gloves Matters Industry News
Why Wearing FR Gloves Matters

Bulwark is proud to introduce the iQ Series® Advantage collection NFPA® 2112 compliant FR (flame resistant) gloves—the market’s first-ever, comprehensive line of protective gloves for workers who depend on their hands to get the job done, despite the hazards.

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How Do You Stay Compliant in Hot Weather? Ask An Expert
How Do You Stay Compliant in Hot Weather?

Our FR safety expert Derek Sang explains how layering when it’s hot can help wearers stay cool and compliant. With light layers, you can mimic your body’s natural cooling process and maintain your safety. Learn more about the various reasons why layering can be an effective way to beat the heat while following FR guidelines.

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Can You Put A Price On Compliant FR? Ask An Expert
Can You Put A Price On Compliant FR?

In the long run, high quality FR is a more economical choice and saves you the time of replacing lower-cost products. Bulwark’s FR safety expert Derek Sang explains why pricing is an important factor in your FR selection process.

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What's Wrong with Task-based FR? Ask An Expert
What's Wrong with Task-based FR?

In short, you should wear your FR/AR all day, every day.

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Bulwark Independence Day Industry News
Bulwark Independence Day

This Is Our Independence Day.

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Women in Safety: Alice Stoll and the Stoll Curve Industry News
Women in Safety: Alice Stoll and the Stoll Curve

Just like all of us here at Bulwark FR, Alice Stoll (1917–2014) was committed to taking FR to the highest degree.

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Firefighters: Is your station wear helping or potentially hurting you? Ask An Expert
Firefighters: Is your station wear helping or potentially hurting you?

Bulwark Protection’s Technical Training Manager Derek Sang discusses why firefighters might think wearing polyesters as day-to-day station wear is no big deal—but how misguided that notion can be.

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How do you calculate the total Arc Rating of your FR garments when wearing Ask An Expert
How do you calculate the total Arc Rating of your FR garments when wearing

A: Adding the Arc Ratings of individual garments is not permitted. In order to determine the layered Arc Rating of our products we send them to an independent test laboratory.

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What are the basics of AR clothing for NFPA® 70E? Ask An Expert
What are the basics of AR clothing for NFPA® 70E?

NFPA® 70E just released its 2021 edition and Bulwark Protection’s Technical Training Manager Derek Sang covers highlights from the new edition and best practices.

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KEMA Arc Flash Project Ask An Expert
KEMA Arc Flash Project

In 2019, our resident FR/AR expert Derek Sang conducted the first-ever Bulwark 201 training seminar focused exclusively on the arc flash hazard. The highlight of that training was the opportunity to conduct live arc flash demonstrations at the KEMA High Voltage Laboratory.

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Do the FR properties wear out of my FR clothing? Ask An Expert
Do the FR properties wear out of my FR clothing?

A: In short: the answer is no.

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Answering the Call to Serve. Industry News
Answering the Call to Serve.

At first glance, you might see Workrite Fire Service as an FR station wear apparel brand. Which, of course, we are. With 35 years of delivering industry-leading FR station wear to some of America’s largest fire departments to show for it.

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Oil & Gas. At Heart & Soul. Industry News
Oil & Gas. At Heart & Soul.

For 50 plus, proud, industry-leading years. And counting. That’s how deep our commitment to oil & gas runs at Bulwark FR.

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The Relentless: Profiles in the Bulwark Difference Relentless Protectors
The Relentless: Profiles in the Bulwark Difference

We sat down with Business Development Manager Karen Hearn, Business Development Manager and Bulwark Certified Trainer Rick Fisher, and Director of Sales Tim LeMessurier to talk about what drives them to approach the work they do with relentless dedication. Listen to their moving responses behind the passion they bring to Bulwark Protection.

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Relentless Protector: George Harmer Relentless Protectors
Relentless Protector: George Harmer

George Harmer, the Safety Director for General Production Service (GPS), sat down for a Zoom chat with his longtime friend and Bulwark Business Development Manager, Rick Fisher. They talked about being a Safety Manager, what it means to be in charge of other people's safety, and how Bulwark helps empower GPS to protect their employees.

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Bulwark Protection Joins Partnership for Electrical Safety. Industry News
Bulwark Protection Joins Partnership for Electrical Safety.

It is our pleasure to announce Bulwark Protection is now a proud member of the Partnership for Electrical Safety.

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The Ultimate Protection for the Great Outdoors Industry News
The Ultimate Protection for the Great Outdoors

We’re proud to introduce our new line of FR workwear using Insect Shield. We took 13 of our top garments for men and women—including shirts and pants from the iQ Comfort Series, jean and hi-vis favorites, and our ultra-advanced Mobility Coveralls—and turned them into the ultimate PPE for the outdoors.

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The Science Behind Insect Shield Industry News
The Science Behind Insect Shield

Bulwark is thrilled to announce that we will be launching a new line of Bulwark FR clothing with Insect Shield® technology. This patented technology is proven to effectively repel insects ranging from mosquitoes to ticks and flies to fleas, with protection that lasts through 50 washes. So you can work pest-free and confidently compliant, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.

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Protection for the wildest of fires. Safety Updates
Protection for the wildest of fires.

As any fire service worker can tell you, fighting fires is complex. There’s more to it than you may think. And those complexities are further compounded by the environment where the fire burns.

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Swatch Kit 101 Ask An Expert
Swatch Kit 101

Chemical testing methodology for Bulwark CP's Swatch Kit.

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The Fundamentals of Lab Safety Safety Updates
The Fundamentals of Lab Safety

While proper PPE is a crucial part of the protection equation, there’s more to lab safety than having the right gear. Our experts created a list of 15 fundamental practices to ensure this environment of ingenuity is one of protection, too.

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Managing Cold Stress Safety Updates
Managing Cold Stress

Cold stress may not be as well-known as heat stress, but cold stress incidents can be equally dangerous.

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Top 5 Outerwear Considerations Industry News
Top 5 Outerwear Considerations

It’s important to be dressed properly while on the job, especially as winter approaches. Our FR experts give their top five tips when it comes to choosing the right FR clothing, so you can prepare for the cold weather.

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Re-Tested and Re-Certified. So You Can Stand Reassured. Industry News
Re-Tested and Re-Certified. So You Can Stand Reassured.

With the updates to NFPA 2112, we at Bulwark have been busy with an extensive, and extremely complex review process in collaboration with UL, our third-party certifier.

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What is the difference between Inherent and Treated FR? Ask An Expert
What is the difference between Inherent and Treated FR?

A: Inherently flame resistant fabrics are engineered to be flame-resistant at the fiber level, and do not require any additional finishing. Treated fabrics undergo a chemical process to impart FR properties.

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Is Your FR Program Overlooking Undergarments? Industry News
Is Your FR Program Overlooking Undergarments?

For your FR program to be fully effective, you need to look beyond just choosing the right gear for the environment you and your crew are working in. You need to examine every layer closely, beginning with your base layers.

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What is a Hazard Risk Assessment? Ask An Expert
What is a Hazard Risk Assessment?

A: It’s the first step in the creation of any PPE program. Federal regulations require employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards that require the use of personal protective equipment are present or are likely to be present

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Top 5 Lab Safety Tips Safety Updates
Top 5 Lab Safety Tips

To help promote lab safety, Workrite Uniform Company — a manufacturer of protective workwear, including lab coats — recommends following these safety tips.

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Top 10 Things to Consider Before You Buy FR Industry News
Top 10 Things to Consider Before You Buy FR

FR experts here at Bulwark have put together a list of their top 10 things to consider when buying FR to ensure the FR clothing you choose will keep your guys safe and compliant, no matter what the job throws at them.

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Multi-Hazard Protective Clothing Industry News
Multi-Hazard Protective Clothing

Flame-resistant (FR) clothing manufacturers have begun developing garments that meet the requirements of both NFPA 2112, the Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, and NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

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What is the difference between NFPA® 2112 and 2113? Ask An Expert
What is the difference between NFPA® 2112 and 2113?

A: In short: NFPA® 2112 is the standard for manufacturers that specifices garment performance requirements. NFPA® 2113 is the standard for safety professionals that explains the hazard assessment, garment selection, care, and maintenance.

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Know Your Hazards Ask An Expert
Know Your Hazards

A: A flash fire is a rapid moving flame front that can be caused by a diffuse fuel, such as dust, gas, or the vapors of an ignitable liquid, without the production of damaging pressure.

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What’s the Underlying Danger of Non-FR Undergarments? Safety Updates
What’s the Underlying Danger of Non-FR Undergarments?

A: Increased burn injury is the danger. In the event of a flash fire or electric arc, some heat will inevitably pass through the outer layer of FR and cause a T-shirt to melt if it is made from synthetic materials.

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FR Safety: Your General Duty Safety Updates
FR Safety: Your General Duty

Bulwark arms you with FR training and expertise to help ease the pressure and keep your guys safe.

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The ABC’s of PPE Safety Updates
The ABC’s of PPE

You must select the right garments based on the unique hazards of your industry, in addition to important factors like comfort, durability and laundering. We’ll provide you with a step-by-step process for designing, implementing and maintaining your PPE program.

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Is DEET Flammable? Ask An Expert
Is DEET Flammable?

A: Yes. DEET is HIGHLY flammable. Any flame resistant clothing sprayed with it has the potential to ignite and continue to burn if exposed to an ignition hazard.

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What is ATPV, and how is it used in your hazard assessment? Ask An Expert
What is ATPV, and how is it used in your hazard assessment?

A: ATPV stands for Arc Thermal Performance Value, it measures the amount of incident energy that your FR garment can protect you from before the onset of a 2nd degree burn. A: In short: all AR is FR but not all FR is AR

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What’s in a Label? Industry News
What’s in a Label?

Even after assessing hazard risks and selecting the appropriate FR clothing, it also falls on the employer to ensure that each garment truly matches the hazard it’s designed to protect against.

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Top 10 Laundry Tips Industry News
Top 10 Laundry Tips

Proper care and maintenance of FR/AR clothing is essential to its effectiveness. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 tips to maximize your PPE’s FR protection, wash after wash.

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What’s the difference between FR & AR? Ask An Expert
What’s the difference between FR & AR?

A: In short: all AR is FR but not all FR is AR.

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10 Things To Do With Your Spare Time In The Station Industry News
10 Things To Do With Your Spare Time In The Station

Working at a fire station is a full-time job. Despite this busy schedule, there’s bound to be a little spare time while at the station. If you’re looking for something to do to stay occupied in the fire station, try one of these 10 ideas.

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Oil & Gas Wildfire Preparedness Industry News
Oil & Gas Wildfire Preparedness

The Ventura County Fire Department recently developed a set of basic wildfire preparedness guidelines for the oil and gas industry.

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Heat Stress: By The Basics, And The Base Layers. Safety Updates
Heat Stress: By The Basics, And The Base Layers.

“How do I help my guys stay cool in the hot summer months?” That may be the #1 question we at Bulwark receive this time of year, every year. The world’s #1 FR brand is here to help guide you with some cold, hard facts.

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iQ Series® Garments Made with Nomex® Comfort Win Innovation Award Industry News
iQ Series® Garments Made with Nomex® Comfort Win Innovation Award

Bulwark® Protection and DuPont Safety & Construction are pleased to announce that the iQ Series® garment collection made exclusively with DuPont™ Nomex® Comfort fabric has received a 2020 Innovation Award from NAUMD.

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