The first step in protecting yourself from arc flash and flash fire hazards on the job is wearing arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing. However, if you’re not wearing your FR properly, you could be leaving yourself at risk for serious injury. In fact, there are some cases in which wearing your FR clothing improperly could be just as dangerous as not wearing any at all. Listen in to what Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, Scott Margolin, has to say on the subject:
As Scott states, it’s important to follow your company’s guidelines for how to wear your uniform. Ideally, these guidelines should require that your uniform clothing is:
Finally, you’ll want to pay attention to the overall fit of the garment. FR clothing shouldn’t be baggy, but it also shouldn’t be overly fitted or tight. The layer of air in between your skin and clothing adds insulation and protection in the event of an arc flash or flash fire, so it’s important that clothing doesn’t sit too close to the body. Maintaining a comfortable range of motion while working should be easy in your FR uniform—if you feel restricted, your clothing is probably too tight. Tyndale has a number of resources to help achieve a proper fit, including videos on the sizing of Tyndale products and popular brands of pants.
Do you need a refresher on best practices for wearing safety clothing? Let Tyndale’s resident expert help! Take advantage of Tyndale’s offer for a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Scott Margolin, our Vice President of Technical and a recognized industry expert.