Flash Fire Protection
How do you protect your workers from flash fire hazard?
The NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) is the leading industry standard association dealing with fire hazards in the workplace. They have compiled an industry consensus standard that outlines how to properly protect your employees and create a safe working environment — as well as how to help your company comply with government regulations.
NFPA 2112 is the Standard for Flash Fire protection for employee workplaces. This standard requires employees to wear flame resistant protective clothing wherever there is a possible exposure to flash fire. NFPA 2112 is considered a “generally accepted industry standard.” OSHA can fine companies under the general duty clause, which requires employers to take the appropriate steps to protect workers.
In the oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical industries, the threat of flash fire exposures has made the use of flame resistant clothing necessary.
How does flame resistant clothing protect workers against flash fire hazard?
Flame resistant clothing actually provides thermal protection for the wearer. If the fabric is exposed to flash fires, it will “self-extinguish” quickly after the source of flame is removed. This limits the exposure from high temperature that causes burning and also limits the duration of that exposure. For instances of flash fire hazard, flame resistant clothing often provides workers a few seconds of escape time. Non-flame resistant clothing may ignite instantly in a flash fire – dramatically increasing the potential and severity of injury.