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Does Clothing Brand Matter to FRC Wearers?

Many steps and stakeholders are involved in designing, producing, selling and delivering FRC clothing, but what drives overall customer satisfaction?

As flame resistant (FR) protection has become commoditized, fabric and garment manufacturers have focused on traditional attributes to differentiate their products. However, quite possibly the most important differentiator is the FR clothing brand and the meaning a consumer associates with that particular brand.

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What is the Most Protective FR Clothing?

We often get questions on or recommendations for the “most protective” FRC clothing. However, as you’ll see in this blog post, parity in protection points to the growing importance of other garment qualities leading to employee-level choice.

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Today’s Advancements in FRC Clothing Style

In the past, FR clothing would have been characterized as stiff, hot and uncomfortable. If you are uncomfortable in your FR clothing, there is potential for garments to be worn incorrectly (rolling up sleeves, taking off protective layers, etc.), possibly resulting in a safety incident. In order to do your job, you need protective clothing that does its job.

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How Global Sourcing Affects FR Clothing

As we touched on in an earlier blog post in July, companies across the country are realizing that it makes financial sense to manufacture domestically. The same is true in textiles and FR clothing where increasing labor costs abroad and technological advances in the U.S. are fueling demand for American-made goods.

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Enhanced Visibility Options for FRC Clothing

United States law requires all personnel working on a federally funded highway to wear high visibility clothing. Two states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, have gone above and beyond the federal mandate and have adopted ANSI 107 into state law (1).

Industries that operate during the day or at night, in good and bad weather, will benefit from high visibility garment options. Such limited or low visibility situations create hazards for some FR apparel wearers. Due to the rate of vehicular-related injuries, an increasing number of companies are offering enhanced visibility options for FRC.

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4 Common Types of FR Clothing Fabric Finishes

As flame resistant (FR) protection has become commoditized, fabric and garment manufacturers have focused on traditional textile attributes to differentiate their products. After fabrics are dyed, a multitude of finishes can be applied to enhance the wearer’s experience, including: moisture wicking, antimicrobial/odor control, stain release and bug repellent. Each finish has varying degrees of effectiveness and wear life. Below we explore these fabric finishes in more detail and what each means for FR clothing and its protection.

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Does Fabric Manufacturing Affect FR Clothing Protection?

Did you know the way your garments are manufactured, down to the fiber and how the fabric is constructed, can play a role in its ability to protect you? However, protection is just one of four attributes we have identified that customers use to select their FR clothing. The other qualities include: comfort, fit and durability. In this post, we will explore fabric construction and its role in garment protection.

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