The dangers of cheap FR clothing
Flame-resistant (FR) gear is reliable when it’s of high quality, and while it’s understandable that many professionals want to save extra coin on the job, it’s not worth risking a life over cheap FR clothing.
FR clothing protects workers from life-threatening thermal incidents such as an arc flash, which can cause severe – and even fatal – burn injuries. Therefore, FR clothing is required by law in many different industries.
It’s important to remember not all FR is not created equal. When it comes to ensuring FR safety and compliance on any job site, be aware of these crucial factors.
Your No. 1 priority should always be ensuring your FR clothing offers the correct level of protection against your hazard, whether it’s electric arc, flash fire or combustible dust.
Your FR clothing’s stated protection level should be guaranteed for the life of the garment. No exceptions.
Your selected FR clothing should be comfortable to wear (cool, lightweight, breathable, etc.), so it doesn’t interfere with job performance or cause additional safety concerns.
To avoid discomfort, FR clothing should be made from fabrics that provide moisture control, with sweat-wicking and fast-drying properties.
Your FR clothing should retain its size, shape and fit with minimal shrinking when laundered.
Your FR clothing should be made with durable fabric that is strong enough to resist tears, rips and holes.
The construction of your FR clothing should be sound, including strong seams and reinforced fabric in high-stress areas.
Your FR garments should not lose their color after laundering.
FR safety regulations are complicated. The company you buy from should offer the tools you need to better understand FR, navigate changing industry standards, build your business and create a culture of compliance.