When it comes to protecting workers, sometimes compliance takes the spotlight in corporate decision making. If you’re in compliance, your workers are protected, right? This is not necessarily true, particularly when purchasing flame resistant clothing (FRC) for flash fire protection. Read more
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This is the third post in a six-part series on the power of choice in your arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) programs. This post focuses on comfort and why it’s one of the top reasons cited by safety managers for moving to a managed choice program. Stay tuned for additional posts in this series on increased access to innovations, increases morale, and cost reduction through a choice program.
Comfort is usually top of mind when deciding what to wear. There are many factors that contribute to comfort including a physical element – how the garment fits and feels – and an emotional element – how you feel when you wear the garment. Both are extremely subjective, differing from person to person, day to day. Read more
When it comes to protective clothing, keeping track of the many standards, terms, and abbreviations can be challenging. One question we commonly receive is: what is the difference between arc-rated (AR) clothing and flame resistant (FR) clothing?
Scott Margolin, our resident technical expert, explains the subtle but important difference: Read more
You’ve heard of flash fire – and it may even be a hazard in your workplace, requiring you to wear flame resistant clothing (FRC) – but what exactly is this type of thermal hazard?
Scott Margolin, our resident technical expert, takes us back to the basics with a closer look at the flash fire hazard: Read more
This is the first post in a six-part series on the power of choice in your arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) programs. Additional posts in this series explore the top 5 reasons cited by safety managers for moving to a managed choice program, including improved compliance, comfort, access to innovations, morale, and cost reduction. Stay tuned for our next post which focuses on compliance and why compliance rates increase when employees are offered choice.
Human nature is to resist being told what to do because lack of control is oppressive and disempowering, even when you recognize the requirement is in your best interest. However, when people have options, even when all those options meet the requirements, they are more likely to comply, more likely to be comfortable, and more likely to be satisfied with their choice. The same goes for PPE programs.
It’s clear that arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing – shirts, pants and outerwear – is necessary to protect against hazards on-the-job for those that risk exposure to arc flash or flash fire in their everyday work environments.
But what about what you wear underneath, what’s next to your skin? How important is that?
Slip, trip, and fall hazards are some of the leading causes of worker deaths and injuries, and the most commonly cited OSHA violation (see the other nine most cited OSHA violations here). In order to address this important component of worker safety, OSHA has released a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. Here is OSHA’s summary of the rule – see here for the complete final rule.