Brite Star, a uniform rental company in South Texas and a distributor of TECGEN® FR, recently attended a STEPS meeting where TECGEN® FR exceeded expectations in a head-to-head burn test with competitive fabrics.
"When I saw the difference between the TECGEN® FR fabric and 88/12, I thought that it was impressive,"
A burn test is a demonstration on how well fabrics in FR garments hold up under extreme circumstances. In this case, a "smart" mannequin was outfitted in a variety of different fabrics including Nomex and 88/12 blended options. The mannequin is designed to evaluate the percentage of second- and third-degree burns a human could experience in a parallel real-life situation. This test is an extreme simulation of a fire directly engulfing a person for four seconds.
"When I saw the difference between the TECGEN® FR fabric and 88/12, I thought that it was impressive," said Richard McIntyre, Brite Star Services General Manager. "In the oil and gas industry, these guys are out in the sun and they usually seek an 88/12 option. But TECGEN® FR performed so much better, it really stood out, plus it's comfortable and breathable in the heat."
"At the very end of the burn demo, a used TECGEN® FR coverall was given to the group who was conducting the burn simulation to test," said McIntyre. "The mannequin in the TECGEN® FR coverall experienced 67% less third-degree burns than when it wore any of the 88/12 blended cotton fabrics tested here today."
If you're looking for FR garments, you need to know about the Comfort Triangle and what it means for keeping you cool and comfortable on the job. Comfort is about more than just the temperature on the site.
The Comfort Triangle refers to three key characteristics of FR garments, and how they can be balanced to provide comfort and protection on the job. Here is the breakdown of the triangle sides:
Lightweight: Legacy FR is heavy and bulky, often weighing workers down, limiting mobility and trapping heat. Lightweight garments allow workers to move more freely while remaining cool. Consider conducting a wear trial to determine how a lightweight garment's performance compares to your current FR garment.
Breathability: Garments that are breathable help keep heat from getting trapped. Select garments with a high total heat loss (THL) rating. Not familiar with total heat loss? Check out the Maintaining Body Temperature in Extreme Conditions article from Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, which explains the measurement and why it's important.
Moisture-management: Fabrics that make up FR garments can be designed with moisture-management properties. Even fabrics that are comfortable around the office (for example, cotton) can retain too much moisture and become uncomfortable or hazardous in extreme heat. Select garments with hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties that allow sweat to evaporate quickly, similarly to sports apparel.
Ultimately, finding a solution that balances all three of the above properties to help keep you comfortable on the job.
We've been buzzing all month about our new women's line, because we know the time is now to ensure women are outfitted safely and comfortably in the workplace. As you may have seen in Safety + Health magazine's September issue, we want to share some insight with the industry about designing an appropriate women's FR garment program.
The article highlights three key considerations when including women in your FR garment program:
Comfort = Productivity
Uniformity: Source the same FR Garments for Both Men and Women
Next week, catch the TECGEN® brand team at the National Safety Council Expo (NSC) in San Diego! Attendees will have the opportunity to see our latest innovations in FR garments at booth #2225, from September 15 17.
And for our big announcement...
We're officially launching our new women's line at the show! The new uniform shirts are available in khaki, light blue, navy and grey. Coveralls are available in navy, light blue, khaki and grey. Both the uniform shirt and coveralls are available in sizes ranging from extra-small to plus-sizes. With the addition of the women's line, we now offer both men's and women's shirts and coveralls that are the lightest-weight woven FR uniform shirts and coveralls on the market. The garments are dual-certified for NFPA 70E (HRC 2) and NFPA 2112 (Flash Fire).
If you're attending NSC, we want to meet you! Contact us or leave a comment below to set up an appointment!
At TECGEN® brand, we know that FR apparel has to be functional more than it is fashionable. But what's functional for some, may not be functional for others. We decided to ask women: what do you dislike about existing unisex FR garments?
With a wide range of responses, we set out on a mission to design women's FR apparel that could help eliminate the inconvenience and hazard of wearing poorly fitted FR apparel on the job. The results?
Our new FR garments for women are designed for an accurate fit, that is comfortable, breathable and functional. They also incorporate a consistant, uniform style for cohesiveness with existing FR garments on the market.
The new women's collection features a uniform shirt and coverall that balance the total comfort triangle: lightweight, breathability and moisture management. The collection is available in all size ranges from extra small to plus sizes.
Uniform Shirt: Weighing only 5.5 oz., the new women's uniform shirt is the lightest-weight woven dual-certified (NFPA HRC2 arc flash protection and NFPA 2112-2012 flash fire resistance) women's FR shirt on the market*. Other features include a right over left placket, darts, two pockets sized proportionately, a button-less spread collar, built-in stays and a contoured cut. Available in navy, light blue, khaki and grey.
Coverall: The new women's coverall features an adjusted sweep to account for women's hip sizes, an elastic waist, darts, snapping pockets, snapping pass through pockets and a feminine, functional cut. The inherently flame resistant coverall is certified for NFPA 70E HRC2 arc flash protection and NFPA 2112-2012 flash fire resistance. Availble in khaki, royal blue and grey.