May 10, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 7: What Is a Standard and How Do They Come to Fruition in Canada?

In previous episodes of our Proud to Protect Canada series, we reviewed the safety standards governing PPE and protective clothing related to arc flash and flash fire hazards and the Canadian standard governing high-visibility safety apparel. In the video below, watch Tyndale Canada Sales Director, Paul Castelli and Tyndale Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Technical, Scott […]
April 29, 2022

What do Safety Standards Say About Vented Shirts?

Summer is coming and now is the perfect time to make sure that you’re not only stocked up on lightweight and breathable arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, but also aware of the standard updates that govern those garments such as, vented shirts. Designed to help dissipate heat, […]
April 27, 2022

Customer Spotlight: ”The key is rentals don’t work.”

Since developing and establishing Managed Apparel Programs as the industry benchmark over 40 years ago, Tyndale is now the trusted supplier of flame resistant clothing (FRC) for 5 of the top 9 Fortune 500 drilling companies in the US – and we have a 99% customer retention rate! Why do […]
April 27, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 6: High-Visibility and Reflective Striping (CSA Z96)

In previous episodes of our Proud to Protect Canada series, we reviewed the safety standards governing PPE and protective clothing related to arc flash and flash fire hazards. In this episode, we’ll turn our attention to the Canadian standard governing high-visibility safety apparel, CSA Z96. In the video below, Tyndale […]
April 12, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 5: CGSB 155.20 vs. NFPA 2112

In today’s episode, we’ll look at CGSB 155.20, the Canadian standard governing workwear for protection against flash fire. In the video below, Tyndale Canada Sales Director Paul Castelli, talks to Canada Technical Advisor Sara Olsen about CGSB 155.20 and the similarities and differences between it and its US counterpart, NFPA […]
April 1, 2022

How are Safety Clothing Brands Closing the Gap in Women’s PPE?

If you’re a woman required to wear arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, you may have experienced a lack of appealing PPE options specifically designed for you. While improvements have been made to enhance the women’s safety apparel and PPE offering, this continues to be a concern for […]
March 29, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 4: Flash Fire Hazards

In previous episodes of our Proud to Protect Canada Series, we learned about arc flash hazards and CSA Z462, the Canadian safety standard that governs arc flash. In this episode, we’ll turn our attention to another extremely dangerous type of thermal hazard: flash fire. This type of hazard is present […]
March 15, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 3: What is CSA Z462?

In Episode 2 of our Proud to Protect Canada series, Tyndale’s Canada Sales Director, Paul Castelli, and VP of Technical, Scott Margolin, answer the question, what is an arc flash. Beyond the definition, they discussed what causes an arc flash, the dangers associated with an arc flash, and how to […]
March 11, 2022

What is NFPA 70 and how does it relate to NEC and NESC?

In previous posts, we explained the National Electric Code (NEC) and the National Electric Safety Code (NESC). Today, we’re focusing on NFPA 70E and how it relates to those codes. There’s even an easy-to-read comparison chart so you can see the differences at a glance. We’ll start with a high-level […]
March 3, 2022

What is the NESC?

It’s common for safety codes and standards to be confused or misunderstood. The acronyms can look similar, and you might wonder how they differ or relate. In today’s post, we explain the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) – not to be confused with the National Electric Code (NEC), which we […]
March 1, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 2: Arc Flash Hazards

As Tyndale extends our managed arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing programs into Canada, we invite you to follow along in our Proud to Protect Canada series. While many of the topics in this series contain Canadian-specific content, there are some topics that are relevant on both sides […]
February 18, 2022

BREAKING: What’s the Latest from OSHA and PES on Arc Flash?

More than 500,000 of Americans working on or near energized industrial electrical equipment today do not have protection from the deadly arc flash hazard, despite safety standards that have been in place for over 20 years. The Partnership for Electrical Safety (PES) – a network comprised of Tyndale and 10 […]
February 15, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada – Episode 1: Why Wear AR / FR Clothing?

We’re going back to basics to answer a fundamental question, “Why wear FR?” This topic transcends borders and applies to workers exposed to thermal hazards everywhere – so it’s critical to understand. It’s true, AR / FR clothing works as the “last line of defense” in the event of an […]
February 8, 2022

Proud to Protect Canada Series: Introduction

In case you missed it, Tyndale is expanding into the Canadian market! We are eager to serve Canadian-based companies who want to take advantage of our exclusive program, which supports compliance with both Canadian and US industry safety standards. Tyndale’s new Canadian Sales Director, Paul Castelli, is leading our initiative […]
January 28, 2022

How Tyndale Minimizes the Impact of Supply Chain Challenges: Part 2 – Labor

As you know, suppliers everywhere are facing unprecedented global supply chain challenges resulting in significant product delays. As shared in Part 1 of this 3-part series, these challenges stem from several issues, which combined, have led to increases in raw material costs and the relative inability to finish  products or […]
January 18, 2022

Top 3 Recent Changes to AR/FR Clothing Standards

As you know, the ongoing pandemic has impacted every single area of life. As a result, it is no surprise that the past two years have been relatively quiet in terms of major changes to safety standards with impact to arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing requirements. Tyndale […]
January 7, 2022

Drumroll Please…Our Top 5 Blogs & Videos of 2021

At Tyndale we’re committed to providing not only quality products and reliable service, but also in-depth education and industry leadership. We work diligently all year long to create new and engaging resources that make it easy to expand your knowledge and better protect yourself and your workers. As we look […]
November 16, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 11 – Flammable Contaminants

You’re wearing the right PPE, and you’re wearing it properly – tucked, button, layered appropriately, etc. – what can go wrong? Well, if you’re exposed to a flammable substance, and your PPE is contaminated with such a substance, you are at risk of injury in the event of an arc […]
November 12, 2021

Can Arc Ratings Be Added to Calculate Protection?

Tyndale-made arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) garments feature an external label to indicate the garment’s protective ratings. These ratings explain two critical pieces of information about your AR / FR clothing: The Calorie Rating (CAL) – the level of protection the garment delivers The PPE Category (CAT) –  […]
November 9, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 10 – Non-FR Hoodie Over AR/FR Clothing

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 […]
November 5, 2021

What Are the Changes to ASTM F2413-18?

If the PPE you wear each day includes protective footwear, you’ve probably noticed the ASTM F2413 label in one of your safety shoes or work boots. ASTM F2413 defines minimum performance requirements for footwear to protect against various workplace hazards. Updates were made to this standard in 2018, resulting in […]
November 2, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 9 – The Chimney Effect

On the jobsite, head to toe coverage is critical for complete, lifesaving protection. In Episode 4 of The Dangers of Improper Wear – Untucked AR / FR Shirts, we looked at Flash Fire and Arc Flash Safety Standards to confirm that YES, you should always tuck in your arc-rated and […]
October 22, 2021

Introducing Our Series Resource Hub

Did you catch How it’s Tested, a look behind the scenes at the protective clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) your trust with your life? What about Arc Week, our week-long educational look at the world of arc flash safety, risk protection, and PPE through the lens of Discovery’s Shark […]
September 28, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 8 – Why a Partially Unbuttoned AR Shirt May Not Fully Protect

Join our host, Scott Margolin, as he uncovers the consequences of failing to fully button your arc-rated or flame resistant (AR/FR) shirt. Improperly wearing your AR / FR clothing could be the difference between injury or leaving the jobsite safely if exposed to an arc flash or flash fire hazard. […]
September 24, 2021

Congress Urges OSHA to Act on AR / FR Clothing for Industrial Electricians

An arc flash can reach temperatures four times hotter than the surface of the sun, but we can avoid virtually all fatal and catastrophic arc flash injuries with arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing. Why? Because the worst outcomes are not caused by the arc itself, but by […]
September 21, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 7 – Missing the AR Garment and Hazard Match

The common theme in our Dangers of Improper Wear series is ensuring that the garments you put on each day are worn properly and provide adequate protection against the hazards you face at work. Whether you’re faced with potential flash fire or arc flash hazards, wearing protective gear properly could […]
September 14, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 6 – Consequences of Using the Wrong Rainwear Standard

Dress Confidently for Arc-flash Hazards with ASTM F1891-Rated Protective Rainwear Before you invest in arc-rated or flame resistant (AR / FR) rainwear it is important you’re aware of the standard that the garment passes to allow it to make its FR claim. Specifically, rainwear tested to ASTM D6413, the “Vertical […]
September 7, 2021

The Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 5 – Non-AR Outerwear Over CAT 2 Garments

In today’s episode, we’re looking at the consequences of wearing flammable outerwear over AR garments. In this case, a flammable high-visibility vest and jacket over CAT 2 arc-rated (AR) dailywear. The video below graphically shows the consequences of wearing flammable clothing over quality AR clothing. So, be sure to watch […]
September 3, 2021

How do You Stay Up to Speed on Industry Information?

We’re so excited to celebrate Tyndale 500! Not quite the famous, 500-mile racecar event you may be familiar with. We recently reached (and quickly exceeded) 500 posts on HERE, our industry-leading blog! All thanks to you – our readers – for cheering us on! Unlike Daytona, we’re not stopping at […]
August 31, 2021

Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 4 – Untucked AR/FR Shirts

Are You Required to Tuck-in Your AR / FR Shirt? The answer is YES, you should always tuck-in your arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) shirts. We’ll show you why it’s so important in this week’s episode from our Dangers of Improper Wear series. Watch the video below for […]
August 27, 2021

Arc Week Season 2, Ep. 5: Respect Your Environment – Swimming with Sharks and Working with Arcs

In this episode, our host Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical, is on location in Jupiter, Florida, where he’s joined by arc flash experts Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear and Kinectrics, Rich Gojdics of Enespro PPE, and Jason Iannelli of the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers […]
August 26, 2021

Arc Week Season 2, Ep. 4: Famous Sharks & Arcs Through History

In this episode, Special guest Duane Siders, Chief Revenue Officer at National Safety Apparel (NSA), joins Tyndale’s Scott Margolin to look back at some of the most famous arcs in history – and how far we’ve come. But not before we look back at some of the most famous sharks […]
August 25, 2021

Arc Week Season 2, Ep. 3: “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” – CAT 3 & 4 Arc Flash Suits

So far, we’ve taken a look at PPE for CAT 1 & 2 tasks and layering for hazards above CAT 2 (from 8-20 cal/cm2). Today, our host Scott Margolin is joined by special guest Rich Gojdics, Vice President of Business Development at Enespro PPE, to answer frequently-asked questions about PPE […]
August 24, 2021

Arc Week Season 2, Ep. 2: Hidden Dangers – 3 Things to Know About Layering Above CAT 2

In both shark diving and industrial electrical work, risks exist on a scale. As we learned in Episode 1, when we recognize a greater hazard, we must increase our personal protective equipment (PPE) – including our arc-rated (AR) clothing system and other PPE – accordingly. For hazards above CAT 2 […]
August 23, 2021

Arc Week Season 2, Ep. 1: Shark-Rated vs. Arc-Rated – Matching PPE to the Hazard

Today, we’re taking a deep dive on personal protective equipment (PPE): Do I need it? When? What PPE do I need, and how do I match it to the hazard? Believe it or not, swimming with sharks can tell us a lot about PPE for working with arcs and how […]
August 20, 2021

Do Zippers and Buttons Factor into Ebt Ratings?

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions to be answered in our FR FAQ series. The question we’re answering today was submitted by Charlie S. from Pennsylvania, who asks: What effect do zippers and buttons have on arc ratings, specifically break open ratings? As you may know, there are two ways […]
August 19, 2021

Diving Deeper: Arc Week Season 2

Arc Week is back, and better than ever. This year, we’re taking the action to new depths; throughout the week we’ll be joined by a number of industry experts, who will share their expertise with us. And, at the end of the week, they’ll all join us for an actual […]
August 17, 2021

Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 3 – Non-FR Meltable Bras

As part of our Improper Wear series, we’re looking at meltable base layers – which includes non-FR under shirts and anything else you might wear under your arc rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) shirt(s), such as a bra. The manikin shown in the video below is wearing a […]
August 13, 2021

Should Layered AR / FR Clothing Be Tucked in?

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions to be answered in our FR FAQ series. The question we’re answering today was submitted by Derek S. from Arizona. It is: Do I need to tuck in my arc-rated / flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing while wearing an AR / FR base […]
August 10, 2021

Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 2 – Base Layers Should Not Melt!

Streetwear base layers are usually constructed from popular, man-made fabrics such as nylon, polypropylene, or spandex. When wearing these fabrics underneath arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, you are at risk of serious injury, and we’re going to tell – and show –you why. When exposed to the […]
August 3, 2021

Dangers of Improper Wear: Episode 1 – Insect Repellents

Welcome to episode #1 of our Dangers of Improper Wear blog and video series! Let’s join our guide, Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, Scott Margolin as he explains today’s improper wear topic: Insect Repellents. We focus on the differences between two insect repellents – and discover the impact each has on […]
July 20, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 21 – Insulating Rubber Gloves

Electrical insulating gloves provide important protection against serious injury and even death. That’s why in this week’s episode of How It’s Tested, glove expert and VP of International Sales and Marketing at National Safety Apparel, Vladimir Ostrovsky, joins us to discuss all things related to insulating gloves. Tune in as […]
July 16, 2021

How Does Tyndale Create Flash Fire Demonstrations?

Tyndale is known for being a leading provider of AR / FR clothing. Did you know we also perform flash fire testing to ensure the FR garments we sell perform as expected under real-world conditions? In today’s FR FAQ, we explore why and how Tyndale creates flash fire demonstrations. You […]
June 24, 2021

Have AR/FR Questions? We Have the Answers.

FR FAQ is one of our most popular email series here at Tyndale. Every Friday, we pick an unanswered question about arc-rated flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing and do deep-dive explaining topics from proper wear, best practices, safety standards, and requirements, to how your AR / FR clothing protects […]
June 15, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 20 – ASTM F2621, Arc Flash Ensemble Testing

Before they’re offered for sale in the marketplace, arc-rated (AR) garments and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are tested individually to assess their performance and ensure they deliver the arc flash protection that’s needed to keep workers exposed to arc flash safe. But, if you’re involved in specifying and purchasing that […]
June 11, 2021

How has OSHA Advanced Worker Safety for 50 Years?

Formed in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has drastically reduced fatalities, injuries, and illnesses of American workers in the workplace. We’re leveraging the expertise of our arc-flash and flash fire subject matter expert, Scott Margolin, to review how OSHA has supported the industries affected by arc-flash and […]
June 8, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 19 – ASTM F2178, Arc-Rated Eye and Face Protection

If you work alongside the arc flash hazard, chances are you’re used to wearing a balaclava and face shield – particularly when you’re completing PPE category (CAT) 1 and CAT 2 work. Have you ever wondered how these items are tested, or what standard ensures these items – as well […]
June 4, 2021

What is the Partnership for Electrical Safety?

If you didn’t know, June is National Safety Month. As we discuss all things safety this month, we’ve decided to take a moment to focus on a new player in the electrical safety market, The Partnership for Electrical Safety (PES). So what is the Partnership for Electrical Safety (PES)? Very […]
May 25, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 18 – ‘EH’ Two Letters That Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly

Joining us again for this episode of How It’s Tested is Heath Hunter, Director of Industrial Sales at Ariat. Heath brings his protective footwear expertise to our discussion on electrical hazard (EH) rated boots. In part 1 of our How It’s Tested series on protective footwear we touched on impact […]
May 18, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 17 – Why Footwear Testing Matters

We’re getting into the nitty gritty of testing to explain how protective footwear is tested! You’ll first need to know which two standards govern protective footwear. These standards are ASTM F2412, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and ASTM F2413, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap […]
May 11, 2021

How it’s Tested: Episode 16 – ANSI 107 and High-Visibility Garments

High-visibility AR / FR clothing is an important category of personal protective equipment (PPE) because it not only protects you from arc flash and/or flash fire hazards but it enhances your visibility as you perform important job functions. This is particularly important in low-light and/or high-traffic areas. ANSI/ISEA 107 provides […]
May 7, 2021

Does AR / FR Clothing Contribute to Heat Stress?

Summer is right around the corner, which means the heat is coming! With warmer weather comes questions around heat-related illnesses and whether or not wearing arc-rated and flame-resistant (AR / FR) protective apparel contributes to heat stress. What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs after you’ve been exposed to high […]
April 20, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 15 – Fabric Color Tests

So far, our How It’s Tested series has covered everything from critical tests related to the protective qualities of arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) garments, to why you should care about the tests your garments pass. Now, we’re diving into some topics that you might be less familiar […]
April 16, 2021

Which Standards Should My FR Rainwear Pass?

If you’re specifying or purchasing arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) rainwear, it’s critical that you know which standards are used to make compliance claims. Tyndale strongly recommends against accepting or purchasing FR rainwear that is only using ASTM D6413, the vertical flame test, to make those claims. Which […]
April 13, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 14 – ASTM F2733 for Flash Fire Rainwear

Our How It’s Tested series recently covered why ASTM F1891 is the critical compliance criteria specific to arc-rated (AR) rainwear, so this week we’re covering the flash fire rainwear equivalent – ASTM F2733. ASTM F2733 is the standard specification for flame resistant (FR) rainwear for protection against flame hazards. Beware […]
April 9, 2021

What are the Lightest Weight CAT 2 Button-up Shirts?

If you’ve ever been in the market for a comfortable, light-weight, CAT 2 / NFPA 2112 button-up shirt, you know that historically, finding this item has been tricky. There are plenty of options which meet most of these parameters, but are they comfortable? Would it be a shirt you look […]
April 6, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 13 – Why ASTM F1891 is the Critical Compliance Criteria for AR Rainwear

ASTM F1891 is the Standard Specification for Arc rated (AR) and Flame Resistant (FR) Rainwear – and you don’t want to confuse it with ASTM F 1506 (AR Clothing) or D6413 (Vertical Flame). ASTM F1891 provides test methods, performance criteria and purchasing information for rainwear designed to protect workers from […]
April 2, 2021

What Does OSHA Say About Home vs. Industrial Laundry?

As you may know, there two main program types when it comes to obtaining arc rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing – Managed Direct Purchase with Home Laundry and Uniform Rental with Industrial Laundry. When you have one supplier telling you that their program is the best and […]
March 30, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 12 – What Does It Mean to be UL Certified?

If you’ve been following our How it’s Tested series, you’ve learned about the four (4) main NFPA 2112 tests, and the “other” or lesser-known tests and our series continues with UL certification. Did you know that 2112 garment compliance requires third-party certification? But, the tests we’ve previously covered are fabric […]
March 26, 2021

Does a Non-FR Base Layer Count Toward Arc Rating?

Questioning whether or not your non-flame resistant (non-FR base layer counts towards a system arc rating? This blog post gives you the answer and helps you determine the proper garments to wear as a base layer when calculating a layered arc rating. The answer is no – a non-FR base […]
March 23, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 11 – The “Other” NFPA 2112 Tests

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? Today we’re diving into some of these other tests, and explaining why they are so important. […]
March 19, 2021

How Do I Know My FRC is Free of Harsh Chemicals?

A lot goes into making arc rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) garments, as you may have gathered after watching our How It’s Made series. And rightfully so – AR / FR clothing is your last line of defense, protecting you from injury in the event of an arc […]
March 16, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 10 – The Pass/Fail Tests in NFPA 2112

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. Scott Margolin, Vice […]
March 9, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 9 – ASTM F1930, The Flash Fire Manikin Test

In any environment where you’re at risk of being exposed to a flash fire, you must always stay alert. Keeping aware of your environment, and knowing the flash fire protection standards can save your life in the event of a flash fire. If you work alongside the risk of a flash […]
March 2, 2021

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 […]
February 23, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 7 – ASTM F1959, The Arc Rating Test

As we learned in previous How It’s Tested episodes, ASTM F1506 establishes minimum performance requirements for flame resistance, arc rating, and mechanical durability, using two main tests and a series of smaller test to identify fabrics that comply. In this post, we’re concentrating on one of the two main tests […]
February 19, 2021

Do AR / FR Shirts Need to be Tucked in?

If you’re required to wear arc-rated or flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, the first step in protecting yourself is making sure you’re wearing the clothing properly. It’s important to note that aside from risking your safety by not wearing AR / FR correctly, you are also out of compliance […]
February 16, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 6 – ASTM F2621, The Half Manikin Test

Welcome to a new episode in our How It’s Tested series. Last week, we put a lens on the ASTM F1506 mechanical tests which are used to ensure fabric has the strength it needs to reliably deliver the arc flash protection you trust with your life. Today’s episode focuses on […]
February 12, 2021

Should FR Clothing Embellishments Be Flame Resistant?

Many companies who require arc rated or flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing for employees also require that the clothing be branded with their company logo and/or personalized with the employee’s name. One question we get asked often is, do embroidery and patches on AR / FR clothing need to […]
February 9, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 5 – ASTM F1506, Part 2: The “Gut Check” for AR Clothing

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. In our last post […]
February 2, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 4 – ASTM F1506, Part 1: The Big Two Tests for Arc Protection

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. But don’t be distracted by its long formal name. Known more commonly as “the Arc Standard” or […]
January 26, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 3 – OEKO-TEX® 100 (What is it and why should you care?)

OEKO-TEX® 100 is the preeminent standard for determining if fabrics and textiles contain unsafe chemicals, and 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. Rest assured, all fabric used to manufacture your Tyndale […]
January 19, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 2 – The Vertical Flame Test, Straight Up

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. It’s important to note that there are other “flame resistance” tests in the market but ASTM D6413 […]
January 12, 2021

How It’s Tested: Episode 1 – The Hierarchy of Safety Standards

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. Collectively, the testing standards as a whole resemble a pyramid, starting at the top with standards from OSHA. Join us as we break down the hierarchy […]
January 8, 2021

FRC: How It’s Tested – All Things Testing

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 […]
November 17, 2020

How It’s Made: From Start to Finish – FRC Design, Patternmaking, and Manufacturing Explained

Now that we’ve seen how arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) fibers are generated, then spun yarn and woven into fabric, and how arc and flame resistance are imparted along the way, you may be wondering: how is fabric made into the finished garment I’m wearing today? The process […]
November 11, 2020

How It’s Made: How FRC is Engineered to Keep You Safe

So far in FRC: How it’s Made, we’ve seen how fibers are generated, then spun into yarn and woven into fabric. But what is the process to impart arc and flame resistance? Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical, delves into the process – explaining the difference between inherent and treated […]
November 3, 2020

How It’s Made: How to Make AR / FR Fabric in Three (3) Steps

This is the first post in our series, FRC: How Its Made. In this post we’ll make our way through the fiber generation, yarn spinning, and fabric weaving processes to see how fibers are transformed into fabric that’s used to make arc-rated and flame resistant clothing (known as “AR / […]
October 27, 2020

SHOCKtober Episode 4: Gloves, Boots, and Eyewear – Not a Costume, PPE!

Welcome to Episode 4 of SHOCKtober – a month-long series focusing on electric shock hazards. In this final episode, we are joined by a very special guest in the spirit of Halloween. Let’s see what one of Hollywood’s top experts on electricity and Tyndale’s VP of Technical, Scott Margolin, have […]
October 20, 2020

SHOCKtober Episode 3: Who You Gonna Call for Rubber Goods?

Welcome to Episode 3 of SHOCKtober – a month-long series focusing on electric shock hazards. Voltage-rated gloves are a vital component of any shock protection program. For this episode, we are joined by a very special guest and Subject Matter Expert (SME), Rich Gojdics, Vice President of Business Development at […]
October 13, 2020

SHOCKtober Episode 2: Save Your Sole(s) with E–H Rated Boots

Welcome to Episode 2 of SHOCKtober – a month-long series focusing on electric shock hazards. One of the key items in your shock PPE tool kit is safety boots because, as our VP of Technical, Scott Margolin, says in Episode 2 below, being safe starts from the ground up. As […]
October 6, 2020

SHOCKtober Episode 1: Unmasking the Standards – What OSHA and 70E Say About Electric Shock

All month long, Tyndale is taking a slight detour from our normal coverage of arc flash hazards to talk about the other electrical hazard – electric shock. This is the first in our four-part SHOCKtober series. As stated in our previous post, electric shock causes hundreds of fatalities and thousands […]
October 2, 2020

Tyndale Presents SHOCKtober: Are You Prepared for a Shock?

Welcome to SHOCKtober! All month long, Tyndale is taking a brief but important detour from our normal coverage of arc flash and flash fire hazards and focusing on electrical shock hazards. This is the introduction to our four-part series, which covers: Unmasking the Standards: What OSHA and 70E Say About […]
September 25, 2020

Mannequin vs. Manikin: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve been following our blog for some time, you may have noticed the word “manikin” in some of our posts about arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing testing. If this word looks odd to you, you’re not alone! That’s because in everyday contexts you are likely much […]
September 11, 2020

Standards Update – What’s New in 2020?

From “breaking news” to “coming soon,” Tyndale shares the latest updates (and expected updates) to main industry standards related to arc rated flame resistant (AR / FR) apparel. Watch our video below, featuring Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, Scott Margolin, or read on to learn more. Updates to NFPA 2112, […]
August 21, 2020

How Do I Know What AR/FR Rainwear Is Right For Me?

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has forecasted another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, after increasing the number of storms considered “average” in the Atlantic basin, with a possible return of La Nina later in the 2021 season. COVID-19 continues to play a role in the global supply chain this […]
August 13, 2020

Arc Week Season 1, Ep. 4: When Arcs Attack; Defending Yourself from an Arc

Sharks are miraculous hunters, but they’re nowhere near as dangerous to humans as TV and movies would have you believe. The fact is, electric arcs injure more people each year in the United States than sharks do – and usually more severely. Interestingly, almost none of the shark attack injuries […]
August 12, 2020

Arc Week Season 1, Ep. 3: Arc Infested Work Zones – Your Lifeguard is NFPA 70E

In his free time, Vice President of Technical Scott Margolin has spent 30 years diving with some of the world’s most dangerous sharks. But even after all of those successful encounters, Scott would never enter the waters without taking all relevant safety measures and working with the best dive guides […]
August 4, 2020

Dive In: Arc Week Season 1

What do sharks and electric arcs have in common? Join us to find out! This summer, the tides have washed in unprecedented world events and stressors that have been felt by one and all. Tyndale presents Arc Week: a week-long educational look at the world of arc flash hazards through […]
July 20, 2020

Understanding the Difference Between NFPA® 2112 & 2113 Standards

Two safety standards well-known in the Flame Resistant (FR) clothing industry are NFPA® 2112 and NFPA® 2113. While you may have heard of them, most important is understanding the difference between the two. NFPA 2112 specifies performance requirements of the FR fabrics, while NFPA® 2113 is a companion standard to […]
July 6, 2020

AR/FR Rainwear You Can Trust for Hurricane Season

This is the second post in a three-part series examining the importance of protecting workers with the right AR / FR rainwear during the 2020 hurricane season particularly as COVID-19 has impacted supply levels. Review the season projections in our first post, and look out for our next post to […]
June 26, 2020

FRC Safety During COVID-19: Do Industry Standards Incorporate FR Face Masks?

Emergent Standard Updates Present a Path to ASTM- and NFPA-compliance for Face Masks Normal life today looks a bit different than it did a few short months ago, as face masks have become an important way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Correspondingly, as utility, energy infrastructure, and other vital […]
June 12, 2020

What is the Impact of an Arc Flash?

For most people, going to work doesn’t involve being exposed to serious hazards. However, if you are a utility worker performing certain essential job functions, you are exposed to arc flash hazards on a regular basis. Companies are responsible for providing extensive safety training and workers are required to abide […]
May 11, 2020

Uniform Rental Scare Tactics – Part 1

The stark difference between the ‘sales pitch’ and the reality of rental programs is an often cited reason for leaving rental programs. Scare tactics are used to suggest that home laundering is “unsafe” and/or OSHA requires or strongly prefers industrial laundry. This is simply untrue and very misleading. Watch VP […]
March 30, 2020

FRC Safety During COVID-19: Impact of Residual Bleach Spray on Flame Resistance

In these uncertain times, you can rely on Tyndale to provide the latest information on arc rated (AR) / flame resistant (FR) clothing safety during COVID-19. In the post and video below, we talk about the potential impact of residual bleach spray on flame resistance. For additional information on AR / […]
March 17, 2020

Is Uniform Rental with Industrial Laundry Necessary for AR / FR Clothing?

This is the second post in our series examining the industry’s shift away from uniform rental (“rental”) programs with industrial laundry for arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing, a closer look at misconceptions that sometimes lead companies to select rental for AR / FR clothing, and unintended consequences […]
March 13, 2020

Should I Wear FR Outerwear Over FR Clothing?

Yes! Last month, we published a blog post on what to wear under your flame resistant (FR) clothing, and today, we’re sharing what you should be wearing over your FR clothing. The answer: FR outerwear. During the cooler months, it’s important to wear outerwear to protect yourself from the elements […]
March 5, 2020

How Well Does an Arc Rated Garment Perform After 100 Washes?

We are frequently asked about the durability of flame resistance of arc rated garments. Do my arc rated garments lose their protective ability as I wash them after each use?  All FR and AR garments sold by Tyndale are guaranteed flame resistant for the service life of the garment.  To […]
March 2, 2020

Tyndale’s Laundry Options

What Laundry Option Works Best for Your Company? Everyone wants to be comfortable in their work clothing, and the single largest driver of comfort is choice.  When people select their own garments they are more likely to wear them, and follow proper use and care instructions.  Tyndale’s managed allowance programs […]
February 27, 2020

Does My AR/FR Rainwear Meet The Right Standard?

Note: We cover this topic in a more recent post: Which Standards Should My AR / FR Rainwear Pass? Shopping for arc-rated and flame resistant (AR/FR) rainwear? Take a VERY close look at the label. Some rainwear sold on the market as flame resistant is tested and labeled to comply […]
February 24, 2020

The Hierarchy of FR Clothing Standards

There are a lot of FRC safety standards out there. Understanding how they work together to inform those who are required to be in compliance with them is important. In this post – and the brief video below – we break down the hierarchy of these safety standards, starting with […]
February 20, 2020

How Well Does Tyndale’s Versa Line Perform During An Arc Flash?

Tyndale recently debuted our new clothing line, The Versa Collection. This line of Tyndale-made FRC focuses on comfort and style while delivering the safety and performance you expect to keep you safe on the job. Curious to know how this contemporary line of FR clothing fared during a real-word arc […]
February 17, 2020

Outfitting Your Workers With The Right Safety Gloves Is All In Your Hands

Tyndale often supplies protective gloves to its managed program customers. Tyndale offers a fully managed glove program to support internal tracking of employee protective glove purchases and avoid over spending. To ensure a wide variety of cut resistant, arc rated, and fire resistant gloves for your company’s specific on-the-job hazards, […]
February 13, 2020

What Should I Wear Under My FRC?

This is a question we get fairly often, and for good reason: it’s not uncommon to wear an undershirt off the clock, for added comfort or warmth. How does this common practice apply in an energized work environment? What do the standards say, and how do the remaining options rate […]
January 31, 2020

Bundling Up? Buckle Down on Safety

For much of the country, winter ushers in additional hazards to manage – challenges like cold temperatures, shorter periods of sunlight, and freezing precipitation. To stay safe in weather like snow and ice, we must adapt our safety behaviors – taking steps like leaving extra time to clear off our […]
January 23, 2020

What Should I Look For On FR Clothing Labels?

Reading labels on flame resistant (FR) clothing can be confusing. How do you know for sure that the clothing you have offers the protection you need? FR clothing is required to have specific information on its label in order to comply with industry safety standards. In this post, we share […]
January 20, 2020

Tyndale’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! Our members here at Tyndale hope your year is filled with joy and prosperity. Join us as we recap our most popular blogs from 2019, detailing innovation and education in the world of FRC.
January 16, 2020

Top 5 FR FAQ Friday Topics of 2019

Wondering which Tyndale FR FAQ Fridays were most popular in 2019? From updates on regulations and arc flash facts to live arc flash footage in our blog—we’ve shared informative topics pertaining to the FR industry throughout 2019. Read the top 5 for a refresher on the most popular FR FAQ […]
January 13, 2020
OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for 2019

A new year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on how we’re doing and how we can do better. How adept are we as a nation in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety? Where can we focus our efforts to improve? As 2020 gets underway, looking […]
January 9, 2020

What is the Manikin Test (ASTM F1930)?

ASTM F1930, more commonly known as the manikin test, specifies a standard process for measuring the average predicted body burn of a flame resistant fabric based on a laboratory flash fire simulation. It details the specific procedures necessary to perform the test, which ensures accuracy and consistency from one lab […]
December 5, 2019

What is ANSI 107?

When selecting high-visibility safety apparel such as shirts, rainwear, outerwear, safety vests, headwear, and other high-visibility accessories, ANSI/ISEA 107 provides reliable guidelines for proper selection and use. ANSI/ISEA 107 is an industry regulation established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) that establishes […]
November 1, 2019

What is a Risk Assessment?

When approaching a new project and determining what work is involved, it is important to perform a risk assessment. “Risk assessment” is a term used to describe the overall process or method where you: Identify hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm. This is known as […]
August 29, 2019

Tyndale’s New FR Polo Shirts

What’s more comfortable than a button-down shirt, but more professional than a t-shirt? A polo! Our newly redesigned FR Polo Shirt is the best choice when you’re seeking comfort and style, while requiring protection from the hazards you face on the job. With some recent improvements made to the protective […]
August 16, 2019

How is Arc Rating Determined?

Wearing flame resistant (FR) clothing is critical in the event of an arc flash because it will not ignite and continue to burn, which is what causes most of the catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Arc-rated FR clothing also performs a second function – insulating you against the hazard so that […]
August 9, 2019

How to Protect Against a Combustible Dust Hazard

Of the many hazards workers can encounter, one that is easily overlooked is combustible dust. This hazard is present wherever materials are manufactured, refined, or re-purposed when dust is created as a byproduct. In certain conditions this dust can create a flash fire which can seriously injure and cause fatalities […]
August 2, 2019

How Long Does a Flash Fire Last?

By definition, a flash fire is a brief thermal hazard that occurs when a flame front moves rapidly through a diffuse fuel cloud, eating up the fuel as it goes. Although recent editions of the standards use the term “brief” rather than attaching a specific duration to the definition, independent […]
July 17, 2019

NFPA 2112 Pass/Fail Test Series Part 4: The Thermal Shrinkage Test

Welcome to our four-part blog series about the pass/fail testing requirements for NFPA 2112 compliance. NFPA 2112 is also known as the “flash-fire standard,” and there are four tests which a garment or fabric must pass to receive this accreditation. Watch Tyndale’s VP of Technical Scott Margolin describe this test […]
July 11, 2019
How to Read an Arc Flash Report

How to Read an Arc Rating Report

When you face arc flash hazards on the job, it’s essential to choose arc rated, flame resistant garments that offer you sufficient protection against the risk. In most cases, you use an Arc Rating or CAT level to determine which garments will protect you from the level of hazard present […]
June 25, 2019
NFPA 2112 Pass/Fail Test 3

NFPA 2112 Pass/Fail Test Series Part 3: The Vertical Flame Test

Welcome to our four-part blog series about the pass/fail testing requirements for NFPA 2112 compliance. NFPA 2112 is also known as the “flash-fire standard,” and there are four tests which a garment or fabric must pass to receive this accreditation. Watch Tyndale’s VP of Technical Scott Margolin describe this test […]
June 19, 2019

Rainwear Alert: How ASTM F2733 and ASTM D6413 Apply to FR Rainwear

We’ve all experienced it – waking up to rain or seeing a storm cloud in the forecast. Normally, wet weather prompts you to grab an umbrella or rain jacket but for anyone required to wear flame resistant clothing (FRC) on the job, there are other considerations. You must ensure your […]
June 11, 2019

NFPA 2112 Pass/Fail Test Series Part 2: The Heat Transfer Performance Test

Welcome to our four-part blog series about the pass/fail testing requirements for NFPA 2112 compliance. NFPA 2112 is also known as the “flash-fire standard,” and there are four tests which a garment or fabric must pass to receive this accreditation. Watch Tyndale’s VP of Technical Scott Margolin describe this test […]
May 28, 2019

NFPA 2112 Pass/Fail Test Series Part 1: The Manikin Test

Welcome to our four-part blog series about the pass/fail testing requirements for NFPA 2112 compliance. NFPA 2112 is also known as the “flash-fire standard,” and there are four tests which a garment or fabric must pass to receive this accreditation. They are: The Manikin Test The Vertical Flame Test The […]