NFPA 701 Flame Resistant Disposable Garment Protection Isn’t Enough

Watch a revealing new product comparison video with research that exposes the dangers of inferior disposable FR clothing.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) has been evolving over the last twenty years with OSHA Safety and Health Standards in the United States. Repellency, burn and flame test methods, in addition to the breadth of knowledge in PPE have grown throughout the world. Although misunderstandings and errors in marketing are still present, testing has been conducted to help manufacturers and users make knowledgeable choices in fabric and design. The fact of the matter is, most disposable suits are not FR (flame resistant), and while claim to meet flame test standards, may be made of melting materials that pose a risk to workers.

Too often manufacturers misrepresent their product stating it meets standards for repellency, burn and flame. In actuality, their product has not been tested in a similar workplace environment to which the garment would be worn. This is the case for many secondary disposable garments that claim to be NFPA 701 compliant, which put the wearers at risk for the following reasons:

  • Repellency
  • Burn & heat transfer performance
  • Flame response

Manufacturers of secondary FR disposable clothing do not often do a thorough job explaining the hazards of flame and electric arc, saturation and burn. To ensure a company’s most important assets are protected, it is important to have a full understanding of the garments’ performance as they are worn in the workplace setting.

Does your disposable protective FR clothing meet the standards for burn, flame response and repellency?


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