Flame resistant clothing (FRC) is an essential form of protection for workers who may be exposed to a flash fire. Among others, flash fire hazards are present in oil and gas and chemical manufacturing settings, as well as manufacturing environments where combustible dust can accumulate. Because the rapidly-moving flame front quickly consumes the diffuse fuel, flash fires are very brief – typically three seconds or less in any single location where a worker may be standing. While safety protocols and procedures are in place to help prevent this type of hazard from occurring, one of the most important steps is to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including FRC, which works as your last line of defense in the event of an incident.
If you’ve never witnessed a flash fire incident, it can be difficult to fully appreciate just how important it is to be fully protected by FRC on the job. To demonstrate the power of a flash fire, we have added 13 new videos to our Flash Fire Library. These videos were captured at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) testing facility and emphasize the importance of wearing the correct FRC and personal protective equipment (PPE) and wearing it properly.
Here’s a preview of some of the demonstrations you’ll see: