Even the most comprehensive safety program can only mitigate—not eliminate—risk associated with the flash fire hazard. A reliable and controllable means of protecting employees from harm is the proper use of PPE. In a flash fire context, flame resistant clothing provides further protection and offers a foundational defense. This paper guides safety managers and purchasers in the selection, use, care and maintenance of clothing for flash fire protection that’s compliant with the industry consensus standard NFPA® 2112.
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Lab coats have been used for decades, but they have typically been made from cotton or polyester/cotton blends with the primary purpose being to keep foreign materials off of the clothing worn under the coat. Flame-resistant (FR) lab coats have also been available for years, but they have not been widely used. However, the use of FR lab coats in university labs has become increasingly important due to a number of recent accidents related to fire and clothing ignition. Having PPE that combines durable FR protection with inadvertent chemical-splash protection (CP), makes it ideal for many laboratories. This technical brief outlines the importance of FR clothing in laboratories. Read on the learn more.
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With every new bug season, come swarms of new questions as to how to properly use insect repellent while wearing FR garments. Here are Bulwark’s “do and don’t” details. Make that, DEETails.
DEET is the active ingredient in many well known, and often used, insect repellents (liquids, lotions, sprays, wristbands, etc.) It is used to ward off biting pests such as mosquitoes and ticks – insects that may or may not be carrying far peskier diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.
The problem for those who work outdoors in oil & gas and electric utility? DEET is HIGHLY flammable. Especially in concentrated form. Any flame resistant clothing sprayed with it has the potential to ignite and continue to burn if exposed to an ignition hazard. Your guys don’t need that kind of fuel source.
Bulwark’s best advice: DEET should be sprayed directly on the skin, and never on your FR. So stay, and spray, safe as warm weather is here.