OSHA has published the final rule revising 29 CFR 1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V. This update is expected to save more than 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year by clarifying and expanding the employer’s responsibility to provide and maintain appropriate arc rated clothing for employees based on reliable estimates of workplace hazards.
Tyndale has been an active participant in the FR industry for more than 30 years, and our knowledge of industry regulation ensures your workers are compliant with the new OSHA 1910.269. As both a manufacturer and distributor of arc-rated and flame resistant clothing, Tyndale seeks to help employers understand the final ruling’s impact and how to properly protect your employees. Tyndale has developed a training video to help both employers and employees understand best practices for maintenance and inspection of FR clothing. Here are some important points that are covered in the video:
- The final rule does not require employers to launder protective clothing for employees. Employers may choose to launder PPE for their employees, but the cost of laundering is not imposed on the employer.
- In general, employees can follow the manufacturers’ home care instructions and should expect no additional cost to employees over that of laundering non-FR clothing.
- Employers must train their employees in proper laundering procedures, and employers must inspect the clothing on a regular basis to ensure that it is not in need of repair or replacement.
- Liquid Tide is a highly effective liquid detergent for cleaning FR garments. Avoid the use of fabric softeners and bleach, wash FRC separately from non-FR, and loosely add clothing to the washer as not to overload the machine.
- Garment damage requiring that clothing be removed from service includes mechanical damage, modifications to the garment, improper fit, if the garment is soiled by flammable substances, and worn out garments. Examples of when clothing should be retired from service are detailed in the video.
Tyndale maintains an active role in the organizations establishing safety standards and test methods and is committed to helping your workers stay comfortable, safe, and compliant with these new rulings. As always, Tyndale is Proud to Protect.