Before purchasing an FR (flame-resistant) raincoat, there are three important factors you should consider to ensure you select the right protective gear for your needs:
- Compliance with safety standards: Make sure the FR raincoat you choose meets the necessary industry safety standards for your line of work. Common standards include ASTM F1891 (for protection from flames and electrical arcs), ASTM F2733 (for protection against flash fires), and NFPA 70E (for electrical safety in the workplace). Compliance with these standards ensures that the raincoat provides adequate protection against the specific hazards you may encounter.
- Material and arc flash rating: The materials used in the construction of the FR raincoat play a crucial role in its effectiveness. High-quality, flame-resistant fabrics like Nomex or other inherently FR materials should be used. Additionally, consider the arc flash rating of the raincoat, which is typically measured in calories per square centimeter (cal/cm²). This rating indicates the raincoat’s protection against arc flash hazards. Ensure that the rating is appropriate for the risks present in your work environment.
- Fit and comfort: A well-fitting and comfortable FR raincoat ensures safety and ease of movement while working. Look for adjustable closures at the wrists, waist, and hood and proper sizing to ensure a secure fit. Breathability is also important, as it helps to regulate body temperature and prevent overheating during extended periods of wear. A comfortable, well-fitting raincoat is more likely to be worn consistently, providing continuous protection.
Considering these three factors, you can make an informed decision when purchasing an FR raincoat that best suits your needs and work environment, ultimately enhancing your safety and comfort on the job. At NASCO, we take great pride in manufacturing the highest quality FR Rain Gear on the market today, exceeding standards for safety and comfort, so you can focus on your work.