There are a lot of standards and norms regarding protective garments. Every country has its own method of approaching these standards. There have been efforts to uniform the standards towards International Standards. The latter are becoming the reference guidelines regarding standards and norms for protective garments. However, some countries (e.g. USA) still prefer to use their own standards.

The four most important institutes issuing standards and norms are: 

  • ISO – International Standards Organization (International) 
  • IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission (International) 
  • ASTM – American Society of Testing and Materials (USA) 
  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association (USA)

We give you a brief overview of the most important standards regarding your advanced protective garments.
We encourage you to remember the following when considering Flame Resistant products:
Check that all garment components and layers (including interior layers of winter liners) that may be exposed to flame are truly flame resistant.
Verify that the product has been tested to an appropriate apparel test, and note:

  • NFPA 701 is often misused, especially in vests and rainwear. This standard is not to be utilized in clothing. It is a standard for testing curtains.
  • ASTM D6413 is not a standard, but rather, a test method and does not offer pass/fail criteria and therefore is only used as a part of a full-scale specification. D6413 was never intended to be used as a standalone test for flame resistant clothing.
  • Choose the proper standard for FR clothing, which includes NFPA 2112, ASTM F1506, NFPA 1971, and NFPA 1975 among others (ANSI 107 and CSA Z96 both contain lists of the appropriate standards).

 

HEAT & FLAME RETARDANCY ELECTRIC ARC PROTECTION ELECTROSTATIC ENVIRONMENTS OTHER STANDARDS
EUROPEAN STANDARDS: EUROPEAN STANDARDS: EUROPEAN STANDARDS: EUROPEAN STANDARDS:
EN ISO 11612 (EX. EN 531) IEC 61482-2 EN 1149 EN 13034
EN ISO 11611 (EX. EN 470-1)     ISO 6530:2005
EN 469     ISO 14419:2010
ENISO 14116 (EX. EN 533)     AATCC TEST METHOD 22-2010
EN ISO 15025 (EX. EN 532)      
EN 15614:2007      
USA STANDARDS: USA STANDARDS: USA STANDARDS: USA STANDARDS:
NFPA 2112 NFPA 70E    
NFPA 1975 ASTM F1959    
NFPA 701 ASTM F2621    
NFPA 1971 ASTM F1891    
NFPA 1951      
ASTM F1506      
ASTM D6413      
ASTM F1930      
ASTM D4108-87 “STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR THERMAL PROTECTIVE PERFORMANCE OF MATERIALS FOR CLOTHING BY OPEN-FLAME METHOD”      
CANADIAN STANDARDS: CANADIAN STANDARDS: CANADIAN STANDARDS: CANADIAN STANDARDS:
CGSB-155.20-2000 CSA Z462   CAN/CSA-Z96-02 (HIGH-VISIBILITY SAFETY APPAREL)
CGSB-155.22-97      
CHINESE STANDARDS: CHINESE STANDARDS:    

GA10-2002

GB12014-89    

GB8965-1998

     
BRAZILIAN STANDARDS:      
NR10E      
RUSSIAN STANDARDS: RUSSIAN STANDARDS:    
GOST 11209-85
GOST R ISO 11611-2011 (А1+А2),
GOST R ISO 11612-2007 (А1, А2, В1, С1, Е3, F1)
GOST 12.4.011    
      AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS:
      AS/NZS 4602.1:2011

 

Care and Laundering 
 
It is imperative to take proper care of FR apparel to protect the life of the garment and keep workers safe. Inherently FR fabrics cannot be compromised during laundering. For treated FR apparel, washing with regular chlorine bleach can remove the flame-retardant properties. Additionally, treated fabrics may lose flame resistance if washed with the combination of hydrogen peroxide and hard water or if exposed to oxidizers, such as hydrogen peroxide, sulfuric acid, and chlorine-containing chemicals.
Inherent and treated FR garments require separate laundering from traditional fabrics and use of approved wash formulas for FR apparel. If proper precautions are taken during laundering, it can be safe to home-launder FR items.
 

Tips for Cleaning Protective Garments at Home

  • Wash FR clothing separate from the home laundry to avoid transferring contaminants or non-FR fibers to the FR garment. This form of hydrocarbon loading may decrease protective value of the garment. (No documented government study is currently available, but one company’s internal anecdotal research is commonly cited that states protection is reduced by about 3% when FR garments are laundered with non-FR cotton clothing.)
  • Use warm water and any liquid or dry detergent that docs not contain bleach.
  • Dry the garment on medium or low heat.
  • Launder the garments when they become visibly contaminated with any grease, oil, hydraulic fluid, petroleum product, paint, or chemical.
  • Follow manufacturer s washing instructions printed on the garment’s label.