It isn’t a surprise that things have been relatively quiet in the past two years in terms of major changes to safety standards with impact to arc-rated and flame-resistant (AR/FR) clothing requirements. We can thank the pandemic for that. There have been a few recent changes to be aware of, however, with more expected in the near future. Read on for the new requirements for flame-resistant workwear.
There are several reasons why a company or business would want to include their logo on employee workwear, including for safety and recognition. For industries where arc-rated or flame-resistant workwear is necessary for safety, it is important to know how the current regulations and recommendations apply to your clothing.
NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire
In the past, NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire stated that labels and emblems are not required to be heat resistant and ASTM 1506 (arc flash standard) stated that non-flame-resistant emblems and heraldry should be minimized on the AR/FR garment.
NFPA 2112 has recently been updated, stating: If non-flame-resistant emblems are attached to the exterior of a garment, the maximum count should be five with no individual emblem covering an area greater than 16 square inches, or total area from all emblems covering an area greater than 40 square inches.
NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
In the past, NFPA 70E did not contain a great deal of details around non-FR heraldry used on FR garments. Now, the standard has been formally updated to specify that non-FR heldry must be limited to 40 square inches per garment and no single piece should exceed 16 square inches.
It is important to note that these are recommendations and not requirements, but it is best to take them under consideration when looking for flame-resistant workwear. As your trusted source of durable workwear, please let us know what questions you have regarding flame-resistant embellishments. We are here to help!
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