Our Dangers of Improper Wear series examines many of the common mistakes people make when wearing arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, with real-world arc flash video footage that shows just how substantial each mistake can be. In each episode, you’ll find powerful examples of why wearing the right PPE, and wearing it properly, makes all the difference – with expert commentary from Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical.
If you’ve ever been tempted to reach for a non-FR hoodie to wear over your AR / FR to the jobsite on a chilly morning, you’re not alone: unfortunately, this mistake is common – especially in fall and spring, when it tends to be chilly in the morning and warms up as the day goes on. The problem? Forgetting to remove this flammable outer layer can have devastating consequences.
We put this common mistake to the test in a real-world arc flash demonstration – see why it’s not one you want to make, with expert commentary from Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical:
So what happens in an arc flash if you’re wearing a flammable hoodie over your AR / FR clothing?
It’s not hard to imagine the catastrophic outcome of that incident.
That’s why it’s vitally important to avoid this mistake – please, do not leave the house with a non-FR hoodie over your AR / FR clothing. It’s far too easy to forget to remove this flammable layer before entering a hazardous environment.
This is especially true as quality, comfortable AR / FR sweatshirts and outerwear are available today for every style and budget. Find an item that’s right for you, and order today to make sure you have everything you need to stay safe in any conditions Mother Nature throws your way. Don’t have a company account? Shop online at TyndaleFRC.com.
Check back next week as we test out the impacts of wearing an AR / FR shirt soiled with a flammable contaminant in Episode 11.