We have curated a variety of frequently asked questions from our customers and hope these help expand your knowledge of FR garments.
Q: How long does the protection level of a FR garment last?
A: The only way to gauge the exact protection level in a FR garment is by testing per the 12,000+ American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. Unfortunately, these type of tests destroy the garment in the process. We recommend choosing a FR manufacturer that labels clothing properly and guarantees the FR protection for the entire life of the garment.
Q: What can I do to reduce heat-related challenges when wearing FR garments?
A: There are a number of things you are probably already doing e.g. regular breaks, hydration, rest in cool areas/shade. But one of the best ways to reduce heat stress is to specify FR that is lightweight, highly breathable and has moisture-management capabilities. Additionally, talk to your sales representative about the total heat loss of the garments you are interested in purchasing if heat stress is a concern.
Q: How should my flame resistant clothing be cleaned?
A: Every garment from different FR garment manufacturers is different, so sticking to the laundering instructions provided by the manufacturer is definitely important. For our garments, we recommend commercial laundering options to ensure proper care of your FR garments. However, if you plan to clean FR garments at home, they should be washed separately from other clothing items using standard brand name detergents without chlorine bleach or fabric softeners.
Q: Can I use insect repellent on my FR garments?
A: According to flame-resistance tests performed by the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC), there is a potential hazard with the use of DEET products on FR garments. DEET is a flammable substance and can lower the flame-resistant qualities of FR garments and can actually cause the garments to burn, posing a risk of injury to workers.
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(Source: OSHA Update, December 18)
Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.
The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online. For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA's webpage on the updated reporting requirements.
*Employers under Federal OSHA's jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1. Establishments in a state with a State run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.