TRAINING

THE WORLD'S MOST EXTENSIVE FR AND PPE TRAINING

At Bulwark® Protection, FR and PPE training is our top priority. Our PPE experts will trek across the world to better inform you of the safety standards in your industry. We hold training sessions at our Nashville headquarters, in cities across the United States or even on the other side of the world. Bulwark® Protection PPE experts have trained safety professionals at some of the top Electric Utilities and Oil and Gas companies. No matter where you are, our mission is to make training accessible for everyone. If you can’t make it to one of our sessions, we offer a large variety of webinars, so you always have access to information that will help you stay sharp and ahead of the curve.


Bulwark University 201 Training

June 11-12, 2024

SPARTANBURG, SC


This 2 day Advanced FR Conference is designed to expand attendees’ knowledge

of the Flame Resistant Clothing Market by diving deeper into the Standards, Regulations, Test Methods, Fibers and Fabrics with the goal being a greater understanding of how FR clothing is designed and engineered to protect your people.

Bulwark University 101 Training

September 10 – 11, 2024

NASHVILLE, TN


Attendees will understand the dynamics and dangers of an electrical arc flash, hydro-carbon flash fires and the potential injury and cost of those injuries. The course will cover many of the latest topics and information on the performance of proved Flame-Resistant garments available today.

MEET OUR EXPERTS

DEREK SANG

Technical Training Manager

When you conduct an average of 20 live trainings a year for over 500 people in seven different countries, most would consider you an FR expert. And that’s exactly how many refer to Derek Sang.


Derek has been involved with the flame-resistant clothing (FRC) industry in a variety of roles from the service, manufacturing and garment sides of the business for over 20 years.


The first 10 years of his career Derek worked directly with end-users developing and implementing Flame-Resistant Clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 15 years, Derek has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies as they look to develop FR clothing programs, educating them on various fabrics and FR technologies as well as the dynamics of arc flash and flash fire hazards.


Over the course of his careers, Derek has developed and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars on the hazards of arc flash and flash fire for a variety of companies, associations and organizations including NSC, VPPPA, NJATC, NECA and ASSP.


In his current position as a Technical Training Manager, Derek has developed over 40 hours of training curriculum for The Bulwark Institute. These training efforts cover all aspects of FR clothing and are delivered utilizing live class courses, online training, webinars and in-person seminars. The Bulwark Institute focuses on non-commercial training for individuals and companies on the thermal hazards and how to properly design and implement an FR clothing program.


Along with being a recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME), Derek is also a Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) and a Certified Environmental, Health, Safety Professional (IASHEP) and Certified Safety Health and Environmental Technician (IASHEP).

DENISE STATHAM

Technical Services Director

Denise is the reigning expert when it comes to evaluating new fabrics and related technologies. She also represents Bulwark Protection on NFPA® and ASTM technical committees.


Denise has spent 34 years in the flame-resistant clothing industry in a variety of roles. Denise’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Textile Chemistry degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Business Administration – Marketing from Georgia State University.


Denise spent more than 20 years with a leading flame-resistant fabric manufacturer, initially charged with technical responsibilities as their Corporate Lab Manager. This led to an opportunity in the Research and Development group, where Denise ultimately achieved the position of Senior Product Engineer. As such, she had the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge of textile manufacturing processes, testing protocol, properties of FR fibers and related chemistries.


Denise has been active in performance standards writing groups and has held voting rights on committees within both the NFPA® and ASTM organizations. She also boasts inventor credits on multiple U.S. patents for innovations on flame resistant fabrics and garments.


In her current position as Bulwark Protection’s Technical Director, Denise is responsible for the evaluation of new fabrics and related technologies, representing Bulwark Protection on pertinent NFPA® and ASTM technical committees, initiating/maintaining performance certifications on all Bulwark Protection products, and providing technical support to those inside and outside the organization on the performance and use of flame-resistant fabrics and apparel.

RICK FISHER

Business Development Manager

Rick Fisher has been in the Protective Apparel Manufacturing and Industrial Textile Laundry Business for over 25 years.


On the manufacturing side for the past 23 years, Rick has developed and presented numerous FR training and marketing programs to many fortune 500 companies and trade associations on a variety of subjects from 70E , 2112 Flash Fire to Basic FR 101 workshops and webinars. Rick has also consulted to the rental laundries and industry re-sellers in the area of strategic marketing, selling and advanced FR training.


Rick is currently a Business Development Manager for VF's Bulwark Protective Apparel and is responsible for many aspects of training and educating the end users and distribution channels regarding the FR industry, fabrics and changing regulations.

Hosted Webinars

April

6th

2023
Common Equipment and Tasks that can Lead to Arc Flash Incidents

E-hazard | Zarheer Jooma

Zarheer Jooma (M.S., P.E., and partner at e-Hazard) examines common equipment and tasks that can lead to arc flash and shock incidents. The OSHA rules aimed at preventing such incidents will be discussed, followed by practical guidelines to help end users implement these rules. Although this webinar is aimed at utilities, commercial industrial users will also benefit.

May

25th

2023
Why is FR/AR Compliance so Difficult? Or are we just over-complicating things?

Occupational Health & Safety | Derek Sang

Derek Sang explains why FR/AR clothing is important, and how the science behind it is leading PPE to be compliant.

June

22nd

2023
Heat Stress and Vector Borne Disease – Mother Nature vs. FR/AR Clothing

EHS Today | Derek Sang

We receive a lot of questions about FR/AR clothing and what to do in the case of extreme conditions. Derek Sang reviews the situations involving FR/AR clothing, and explains what to do in the case of extreme conditions, specifically – the heat of the summer and those inevitable accompanying insects.

June

15th

2023
Why is FR/AR Compliance so Difficult? Or are we just Overcomplicating Things?

BLR | Derek Sang

Derek Sang explains why FR/AR clothing is important, and how the science behind it is leading PPE to be compliant.

July

12th

2023
Task-Based vs. Daily Wear – Are You Safe or Compliant?

ASSP | Derek Sang

Assuming that simply providing PPE is enough and that your employees will wear it when they need can lead to consequences. Derek Sang explains why complaince doesn't always equal safety, and how to create a program that minimizes exposure to unsafe PPE practices.

July

19th

2023
Building and Implementing an FR/AR Program for Arc Flash Hazard

T&D World | Derek Sang

The proper selection of PPE is very important—especially for industries with a demonstrated arc flash hazard. Derek Sang examines proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR garments to protect against arc flash events.

August

2nd

2023
FR/AR Myths and Misconceptions: Plus, some Do’s and Don’ts About Flame-Resistant & Arc Rated Clothing

Occupational Health & Safety | Derek Sang

"There are a lot of myths when it comes to FR/AR clothing. In this webinar, Derek Sang addresses some of the most common misconceptions and provides helpful tips on how to get the most out of your protective gear. "

August

23rd

2023
The Selection, Use, Care & Maintenance of FR/AR Clothing

BLR | Derek Sang

Derek Sang introduces the regulations, standards, and general “best practices” for implementing an FR/AR clothing program that protects against a variety of thermal hazards.

September

28th

2023
Selection Use, Care & Maintenance of FR/AR Clothing

Electrical Construction & Maintenance | Derek Sang

Derek Sang introduces the regulations, standards, and general “best practices” for implementing an FR/AR clothing program that protects against a variety of thermal hazards.

September

21st

2023
NFPA 70e Standard Updates

E-Hazard | Zarheer Jooma

Electrical fatalities in the United States have plateaued over the past decade, however, the annual number of worker deaths from electrical incidents is unacceptably high. Although OSHA provides substantial safety requirements, the fatality statistics underscore the inadequacy of “compliance” as a safety driver.

This is especially concerning in light of the considerable advances in PPE, electrical hazard reduction efforts, and increased worker training in the same time frame.

Zarheer Jooma (M.S., P.E., and partner at e-Hazard) explains the importance of changing from a “compliance” mindset to a “safety culture” mindset.

October

12th

2023
Building and Implementing an FR/AR Program for Arc Flash Hazard

Industrial Safety and Health News | Derek Sang

The proper selection of PPE is very important—especially for industries with a demonstrated arc flash hazard. Derek Sang examines proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR garments to protect against arc flash events.

November

1st

2023
The Future of Flame-Resistant (FR) Technology

ASSP | Derek Sang

Derek Sang discusses the science behind FR clothing, what an arc rating is, the certification process to become NFPA® 2112 compliant, and where the future of FR technology is heading.

November

15th

2023
Taking Care of my FR/AR clothing - Can I Mess It Up?

Incident Prevention | Derek Sang

Derek Sang provides tips on how to care for and maintain your FR/AR clothing, including when to use industrial laundering or at-home laundering.

December

13th

2023
Why is FR/AR Compliance so Difficult? Or are we just Overcomplicating Things?

EHS Today | Derek Sang

Derek Sang explains why FR/AR clothing is important, and how the science behind it is leading PPE to be compliant.