Looking for a versatile item to add to your flame resistant clothing (FRC) selection this year? Choose Tyndale’s new Premium Microfleece Vest (M695T) this Spring and use it all year long!
If you’ve been tasked with researching FR clothing solutions for your company, you have likely run across industrial laundry programs in your research. Maybe you’ve even received direction from above to pursue an industrial laundry program.
What many people don’t realize is that most industrial laundry programs utilize an unusual ownership arrangement. Laundry programs – often called “rental” or “lease and laundry” programs – utilize an ownership arrangement similar to an auto lease. In both arrangements,
- The vendor owns the uniforms or auto, and the buyer enjoys the benefits of their use.
- At the end of the lease, the uniforms or auto must be returned to the vendor in good condition.
It sounds simple on the surface, but in reality leasing clothing is anything but simple.
Spring is the perfect time of year to clean, organize, and refresh as the days get longer and the world starts to come back to life from the cold, dark Winter.
Be sure to incorporate your arc/flame-resistant (FR) clothing into your spring refresh, retiring worn out garments, making sure your have the FR you need, and checking that your FR is clean and in good shape.
OSHA’s 2014 1910.269 ruling marks a distinct departure from its predecessor. In fact, up until the new rule was promulgated, 1910.269 simply required that clothing “do no harm” in the event of an arc flash. In stark contrast, the 2014 ruling specifically requires employers to provide arc/flame resistant (FR) clothing for employees.
Employers must now make sure “each employee who is exposed to hazards from flames or electric arcs does not wear clothing that could melt onto his or her skin or that could ignite and continue to burn when exposed to flames or the heat energy estimated” (Paragraph (l)(8)(iii) of 29 CFR 1910.269).
While the updates made to OSHA 1910.269 are generally regarded as much-needed improvements to worker safety and are expected to save dozens of lives each year, the ruling also sparked some new questions.
In October 2014, NFPA released the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E, a voluntary standard developed to reduce exposure to major electrical hazards in the workplace. This standard includes guidance on risk assessments, selecting appropriate PPE, training, and practices that support safe work conditions, with the goal of avoiding workplace injuries and fatalities from shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blasts.
To make it as easy as possible to establish a safe working environment, NFPA 70E is designed to be straightforward and user-friendly. However, the 2015 edition introduces four key changes that represent shifts from the 2012 edition and require adjustment for some employers and workers.
With more than 30 years of experience in the flame resistant (FR) clothing industry, Tyndale’s knowledge of industry standards keeps your workers safe and you informed of changes that impact your workforce. We are here to help companies with questions like this one:
Since OSHA promulgated the new 1910.269 in April 2014, Tyndale has been hard at work partnering with employers to understand and gain compliance with the new provisions—helping workers return home to their families safely each night.
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