You trust your arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing with your life, and for good reason: AR / FR from qualified suppliers like Tyndale undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it will perform as expected in the event of an arc flash or flash fire. But what are the tests, and how can you be sure?
Follow along with our series to find out about today’s test methods and requirements for all kinds of AR / FR clothing – from fiber to fabric to finished garment – and the difference a trusted supplier makes.
With Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical as our guide, we’ll examine many of the major tests to see what they measure, how they measure it, what that means to someone like you who is specifying or wearing the garment, and how you can be sure your PPE starts with and retains its protective properties through its full service life. We’ll take a look at testing for other types of PPE – including rainwear, boots, hi-vis, and more – too.
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Already versed on standards and testing? This series is still for you. There have been significant revisions to various standards and test methods along the way. For example, rainwear was once governed by general arc flash and flash fire standards, but has since been superseded by standards with test requirements specifically for AR and FR rainwear. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, tune in to make sure you are up to date on the latest information.
Each post will be linked below as it is published – follow along, binge them all, or pick and choose as we go based on your hazard or area of interest.
There are many AR/FR standards, each directing key guidelines for safety. Understanding how they work together to inform and support employee safety is important. Join us as we break down the hierarchy of these safety standards.View Episode 1
The Vertical Flame Test, ASTM D6413, determines whether a fabric is flame resistant or not, which makes it the test when it comes to arc rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) apparel.View Episode 2
Passing OEKO-TEX 100 delivers assurance to wearers that any chemicals that are present in the clothing they’re wearing are well within the established safe thresholds.View Episode 3
One of the main standards for arc flash-protective clothing is ASTM F1506, Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs.View Episode 4
If you work alongside an arc flash hazard each day, you’ve got guts. Your electric arc protection should too! That’s where ASTM F1506 comes in: it identifies arc-rated flame resistant (AR / FR) fabrics with the right performance properties to be worn for arc flash protection.View Episode 5
As the name infers, this test uses two manikin torsos – or “half manikins” – meaning the test only evaluates shirts and other top-wear. This test is not used for pants or coveralls. The ASTM F2621 test features non-censored manikins, meaning this test is purely visual.View Episode 6
In this post, we’re concentrating on one of the two main tests – ASTM F1959, the Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating of Materials for Clothing, also known as “The Arc Rating Test.” In short, The Arc Rating Test allows us to be sure that arc rated fabrics – protecting wearers against arc flash hazards on the job – have been tested to the arc flash standard.View Episode 7
If you’re working in an environment where you are at risk of being exposed to a flash fire (a sudden, intense fire which is short in duration but severe in potential danger) you should be aware of the flash fire protection standards set in place to keep workers safe.View Episode 8
If you work alongside the risk of a flash fire, chances are you’ve heard of “The Manikin Test.” After all, it’s the most well-known of the tests in NFPA 2112 for flash fire protection. But do you know how it’s conducted, what it tells us, or why it’s so important?View Episode 9
We’re breaking down the various tests in NFPA 2112 for flash fire protection. Now that we’ve taken a closer look at “the Manikin Test” (ASTM F1930) – the most well-known of the tests, we’re turning our attention to the other three main fabric tests in the standard.View Episode 10
If you’ve been following our How it’s Tested series, you’re aware of the four (4) main NFPA 2112 tests. But, did you know there are a dozen other tests that help determine garment performance?View Episode 11
Did you know that 2112 garment compliance requires third-party certification? But, the tests we’ve previously covered are fabric tests, so when we say a garment is certified, how does that differ?View Episode 12
ASTM F1891 provides test methods, performance criteria and purchasing information for rainwear designed to protect workers from exposure to electric arcs and open flames.View Episode 13
Like ASTM F1891 for arc flash rainwear, ASTM F2733 starts with vertical flame testing – ASTM D6413. Then, the specification goes well beyond the vertical flame test to detail much more hazard-specific testing.View Episode 14
Need help with an outstanding technical question? Schedule a complimentary one-on-one session with Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical and recognized subject matter expert, Scott Margolin.
With these comprehensive testing protocols, you can be sure that your AR/FR and PPE is ready to do its job in the event of an incident – allowing you to walk away from an exposure that would have otherwise been catastrophic. Be sure to wear the appropriate PPE for your hazard from a trusted supplier, and wear it well.