Choosing the right FR denim
With 20 styles, which is best for your needs?
The growing number of flame resistant denim options available in the market offer greater choice than ever before, but your workforce doesn't have to sacrifice comfort or styling in their FR denim protective wear. You not only have the security of knowing that your employees have the highest quality FR denim garments available, but they will wear them with pride and satisfaction.
Here are some tips to choose the right FR denim:
- NFPA 2112 is the Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel against Flash Fire. It requires testing of a standard garment by ASTM F1930, a test method used to provide human skin burn injury prediction. NFPA 2112 dictates that FR fabrics must record no more than 50 percent predicted body burn after a 3-second exposure at 2 calories/cm2. Three garments are tested, and the average predicted percent body burn is reported for the FR fabric. While the data from this test should not be considered a prediction of performance in an actual flash fire incident, it may be used to compare different protective fabrics under a standard set of laboratory test conditions.
- Properly constructed and treated denim fabrics used for flame-resistant jeans will typically range from 11.5 to 14.75 ounces per square yard and have a predicted percent body burn rating of less than 10 percent as determined by ASTM F1930, positioning denim among the most protective and durable of FR fabrics--and therefore making it worthy of consideration in your company's PPE strategy. In addition to the protection offered, the case for selecting jeans to meet your FR clothing needs is also about satisfying the desire for denim and meeting the lifestyle needs of your workforce.