Fire Resistant Clothing

Flame Resistant Clothing Saves Lives

People working in any industry that has a hazard of clothing igniting should wear flame resistant clothing. The bottom line is that FR clothing saves lives!

Most serious burns from industrial mishaps are caused by regular work clothing igniting and burning off the wearer’s back. Thousands of clothing-related injuries due to fire occur each year. The most severe burns are often not caused by the original hazard, but rather are the secondary result of clothing igniting. FR clothing does not ignite and continue to burn. Even single-layer FR work clothing can significantly protect employees.

FR clothing is essentially worn as insurance. In the unlikely event of a flash fire, electric arc, metal splash or other catastrophe, FR work clothing reduces burn injury, provides escape time, and increases chances of survival. Even though a person caught in a flash fire or electric arc will likely have some injuries, FR clothing can dramatically reduce their severity. This can mean the difference between life and death.

Survivors often consider burn injury treatment to be worse than the burn itself. Treatment and recovery is extremely painful and can take months if not years. Burn victims can be severely debilitated and permanently disabled. A survivor’s quality of life is dramatically affected by the extent and severity of the burn injury. FR clothing not only increases the chances of survival, but also significantly enhances the quality of life after the injury.

Wrangler® FR Apparel

This apparel is constructed from flame resistant fabrics and components to protect against burn injuries in the workplace and is designed to meet the rigorous requirements specified by major protection agencies.

ABOUT WRANGLER® FR APPAREL

For many years, Wrangler has led the way in designing and manufacturing apparel known for superior comfort, function and durability. Soon, the brand will be recognized as a leader in developing protective jeans and shirts as well.

Recent government reports have noted that the #1 cause of severe and fatal burn injuries on the job is an individual’s clothing igniting and continuing to burn — not the source of the ignition itself. The use of flame resistant clothing provides the necessary thermal protection at the area of exposure. The level of protection resides in the weight and composition of the flame resistant fabric. Once the source of ignition is removed, FR garments will self-extinguish, allowing precious escape time and limiting the percentage of the body that is burned. Even though a person caught in a flash fire or arc flash will most likely still have injuries, FR clothing can greatly reduce their severity. And in many cases, it can make the difference between life and death.

Wrangler® FR apparel is constructed from flame resistant fabrics and components to protect against burn injuries in the workplace. Designed to meet the rigorous requirements specified by major protection agencies, Wrangler® FR garments are yet another example of a leader stepping forward to provide for the needs of its consumers.

Wrangler® FR Garments Are:

  • Compliant with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269, NFPA-70E, ASTEM F1506-02ae1
  • Flame resistant
  • Compliant for lifetime of garment (100+ home launderings)

FR13MWZ Original Fit Cowboy Cut Jeans

  • 5-Pocket Styling, Pre-Washed Denim HRC Level 2
  • ATPV – 23.8 cal/cm²
    HRC Level 2

Features

  • Original Fit
  • Pre-Washed Denim
  • 5-Pocket Styling
  • 18-1/2″ x 16-3/4″ Silhouette
  • Zippered Front Fly

Fabric

  • 14.75 oz. Heavyweight 100% Cotton, Broken Twill Denim

Standards / Protection

  • Arc Rating, ATPV – 23.8 cal/cm²
  • HRC Level 2

FR31MWZ Relaxed Fit

5-Pocket Styling, Pre-Washed Denim
ATPV – 23.8 cal/cm²
HRC Level 2

Features

  • Relaxed Fit
  • Pre-Washed Denim
  • 5-Pocket Styling
  • Utility Pocket
  • Gusset
  • 18-3/4″ x 17″ Silhouette
  • Zippered Front Fly

Fabric

  • 14.75 oz. Heavyweight 100% Cotton, Broken Twill Denim

Standards / Protection

  • Arc Rating, ATPV – 23.8 cal/cm²
  • HRC Level 2

Riggs Workwear by Wrangler Flame Resistant Long Sleeve Work Shirt – FR3W5

Wrangler FR garments are designed to self-extinguish preventing or greatly reducing the severity of burn injuries. Wrangler FR products were created to meet the rigorous requirements of the major protection agencies.

  • Long Sleeves
  • HRC 1
  • Meets ASTM 1506, NFPA – 70E and OSHA Final Rule 1910.269
  • 100% Cotton FR Twill
  • Comfortable Relaxed Fit
  • Flap Front Pockets with Pencil Slot
  • Safety Orange Outside ID for High Visibility

Available Colors: Denim (FR3W5DN), Khaki (FR3W5KH)

Wrangler Shirts: Men’s Navy Blue Fire-Resistant Cotton Jersey Henley Shirt FR3W8 NV

The Wrangler FR3W8NV Men’s Navy Blue Long Sleeve Henley Shirt is constructed with comfortable 100% cotton jersey. It’s fire-resistant and meets OSHA, NFPA and ASTM requirements for Hazard Risk Category Level 2 (HRC 2). Fire-resistant fabrics are designed to protect you from ignition and sustained flame spread. As soon as the ignition source is removed, the fabric self-extinguishes.

The front chest pocket and left cuff have safety orange ID tags with high visibility so you can be seen in dimly lit areas. Wear this great-fitting Henley shirt alone or under another shirt for extra warmth.

Riggs Workwear, part of the Wrangler family, creates protective clothing for people with dangerous jobs. There are all levels of danger, so they created a range of products that will keep you safer. They use quality material and design the protective clothing to fit and wear well. The Wrangler FR3W8NV Men’s Navy Blue Long Sleeve Henley Shirt is a prime example of craftsmanship and quality.

Sizes Available:
Reg: M-2XL
Tall: L-3XL
Big: 3XL, 4XL

FR Clothing Can Save Money

Flame resistant clothing costs more to buy than everyday work clothing. But FR clothing can be a great investment that saves money in the long run. Some FR fabrics last considerably longer than standard work clothing, helping to offset a higher purchase price. Often, the cost of a single burn injury can exceed the cost of a complete FR clothing program.

The cost of a serious burn injury can be staggering. Direct costs include medical (including expensive burn units), prolonged recovery and rehabilitation, disability, and job retraining. Indirect costs include workers compensation, lost work time, increased insurance premiums and potential liability.

One electric utility company reports the total cost of a single burn injury before FR clothing at over $2 million, and after FR clothing at less than $50,000 for a comparable arc exposure. In the first incident before FR clothing, the employee never returned to work. In the second incident after FR clothing, the employee lost minimal work time.

Complies with OSHA Laws and Standards

FR clothing programs help protect employees from injury and death. FR clothing can protect the company as well.

State and federal OSHA organizations require employers to protect employees from hazards in the workplace. OSHA has cited and fined numerous companies for not providing FR clothing under 1910.132, “Occupational Safety and Health Standards: Personal Protective Equipment.” OSHA deals specifically with FR clothing in the 1910.269, “Maintenance Standard” for electric utilities. OSHA expects to add more stringent requirements for FR clothing in future OSHA regulations, including revisions of existing laws.

In addition to laws, numerous voluntary consensus standards address the need for FR clothing in a variety of environments and industries. Standards are published by such well-respected organizations as American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA). While compliance is voluntary, OSHA considers a good-faith attempt to comply with standards as being evidence of an employer trying to protect its employees. Further, OSHA bases future laws in part on published standards, so what’s voluntary today can become law tomorrow.

Often, industry practice is the best guide for companies considering a FR clothing program. For many industries, FR clothing has become the norm, just like safety glasses and hard hats. A company can experience many benefits by following industry practice, including improved employee morale, protecting employees, reduced liability, complying with OSHA and standards, etc.

Care and Wearing of FR Garments

Wear Tips:

  • For maximum protection, FR garments should have a loose fit.
  • Layering FR garments significantly increases FR protection.
  • Wearing non-melting undergarments such as 100% cotton or wool can improve comfort and increase protection, provided that no portion of the non-FR garment is exposed.
  • The FR garment should be the outermost layer. Wearing flammable garments such as jackets or sweatshirts over your FR clothing can seriously add to burn injury.
  • Within each fabric type (for example, Nomex or UltraSoft), the heavier the fabric, the more protection the garment will provide.
  • Make sure your FR garment is appropriate for the potential hazard. While many FR fabrics/garments provide protection from several hazards, some hazards such as molten aluminum splash require special FR materials for maximum protection.

Care Tips:

Most flame resistant garments can be handled safely using common laundering and care procedures. However, a few precautions must be followed to ensure your FR garments maintain their maximum effectiveness. Remember, FR clothing is safety equipment that just might save your life. It is imperative to make sure your FR garments are properly cleaned and maintained.

  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s care label when laundering FR garments. Many FR fabrics require mild wash and dry conditions to maximize the life of the garment.
  • Wash new flame resistant garments prior to wearing.
  • Wash flame resistant garments separately from standard clothing.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Make sure FR garments are clean and in proper repair before each wearing.
  • Remove oils and flammable contaminants from FR garments. Flammable contaminants can be a fuel source that adds to burn injury.
  • Repair garments using “like materials.” Use FR fabric, thread and components. Return garments to the manufacturer for repair, or use an authorized FR repair facility.

Home laundering instructions for FR garments can be found on the label sewn inside each garment.

Laundering instructions are specific to the type of fabric from which the garment is made. Manufacturers of flame-resistant fabrics provide detailed care instructions for both home and industrial laundering. For industrial laundering instructions or more detailed handling instructions, please contact the manufacturer.

 

GLOSSARY

Here’s a handy list of frequently used terms and references related to flame-resistant apparel.

FR

Flame Resistant.

Protection Agencies

Federal and international agencies such as the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the American Society of Testing and Materials International (ASTM) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that provide guidelines and requirements regarding workplace safety.

Flame Resistant Clothing

Clothing that provides protection at the area of exposure and is treated to protect against clothing ignition and sustained flame spread.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269

This section of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 29 CFR 1910.269 covers the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, control, transformation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment.

NFPA-70E

The National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) 70E is a Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. It requires employees to wear flame resistant protective clothing wherever there is possible exposure to an electric arc flash.

ASTM F1506-02ae1

This performance specification by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International covers the flame resistance of textile materials to be used for wearing apparel for use by electrical works exposed to momentary electric arc and related thermal hazards.

General Duty Clause

Under paragraph 5a1, the General Duty Clause of the federal OSHA Act, it is the employer’s responsibility to identify risks and hazards in the workplace and seek out appropriate protective garments and equipment for the protection of workers.