How It’s Tested: Episode 8 – The Basics of NFPA 2112

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. NFPA 2112 is the Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire. This standard provides minimum performance criteria and sets clear guidelines for testing. 

All FR clothing that is compliant with NFPA 2112 must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve a 50% or less predicted 2nd & 3rd degee body burn in the maninkin test
  • Not melt, drip or separate
  • Have appropriate labeling in an easy-to-see location
  • Meet each of the NFPA 2112 requirements and tests, and be third party certified
    • The certification label should either be attached to the flame resistant garment label, or be positioned right next to it

There are numerous test methods associated with the standard, but don’t worry, the next four blog posts in our How It’s Tested series will cover the four main pass/fail tests including, ASTM F1930 the Manikin test, ASTM D6413 the Vertical Flame test, ASTM F2700 Heat Transfer Performance test, and ASTM F2894 the Thermal Shrinkage test.  There are also a dozen other, lesser known tests, which we’ll cover briefly in future posts.

Watch VP of Technical, Scott Margolin, explain what you can expect to learn from these blogs and why the tests are crucial in ensuring a garment is deemed compliant with NFPA 2112.

 

NFPA 2112 is available for complimentary viewing online or download or purchase at: http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=2112  

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