You’ve noticed a hole in your arc-rated or flame resistant (AR / FR) work shirt. Do you know what to do next? Luckily, knowing whether or not your AR / FR garment can be repaired is as simple as knowing your ABC’s:
A) Acceptable Appearance: Consider whether or not your item should be repaired. Sometimes, in order to present a cohesive, professional appearance in the field, it makes more sense to replace rather than repair the garment. Consider the location and size of the damage, and consult your company’s image guidelines before proceeding with requesting a repair.
B) Basic Fixes: Garments can be repaired if damage is minor and routine. This includes minor tears, holes less than 1” in diameter, or repairing a seam. Proceed with a repair using one of the easy options below.
C) Clean Condition: Make sure that all flammable substances – oil, gas, grease, etc. – are removed. Make this determination both before the garment is worn again and before proceeding with repairing the garment.
D) Detrimental Damage: Consider the size, extent, and location of the damage – as well as the garment’s overall age and condition. These factors make a difference in the viability, safety, and cost-effectiveness of repair.
E) Equivalent Materials: AR / FR clothing should be repaired using components equivalent to those used in the original manufacturing to preserve the garment’s performance properties. If the garment was purchased from Tyndale, we can help! Simply contact us using one of the options below to request a repair with FR materials.
Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical, walks us through the considerations and options for repair:
How Do I Repair My AR/FR Clothing?
If the damage is minor, there are two easy options for repairing garments purchased from Tyndale. Contact our US-based customer service team at 800-356-3433 to:
Take care of your AR / FR and it will take care of you. Tune in to these posts and training resources to make sure your AR / FR clothing is properly cleaned, maintained, and ready to protect you in an arc flash or flash fire:
Need help? Have a technical question we haven’t answered yet? Take advantage of a free, one-on-one 15-minute technical consultation with Scott Margolin or contact a National Account Executive serving your area to explore AR / FR clothing and managed program options.