Fire Retardant Compliance FAQs

NFPA70e The National Fire Protection Association updated the NFPA70e (Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces) in late 2004. This code is the "how to" guide on protecting workers who are within the flash boundary or near electrically energized parts. NFPA703e does not prescribe a "one size fits all" solution, but rather it requires a hazard or threat to be qualified, and personal protection equipment to be correctly matched to the threat. Identifying the hazard can be done multiple ways, including performing a Flash Hazard Analysis, or by using NFPA470e's Hazard/Risk Category (HRC) classifications system. Regardless of the method chosen, identifying the hazard is beyond the scope of this site, but it is important to understand that once the incident Energy Exposure or the Hazard/Risk Category is determined, the appropriate personal protection equipment must me be matched to the threat. All Rasco FR garments have ATPV value published on this site and on the garments, which should be matched to the cal/cm2 determined by a flash hazard analysis.

After determining the Risk Category, refer to NVPA70e table 130.7 © (11) to choose the appropriate FR garment and the MW ATPV rating required.

ASTM
Designation: F 1506 - 08
Standard performance Specification for Flame Resistant Textile Materials for Wearing Apparel for use by Electrical Workers Exposed to Momentary Electrical ARC and Related Thermal Hazards 1

OSHA
1910.269 (1) (6) (iii)
The employer shall ensure that each employee who is exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs does not wear clothing that, when exposed to flames or electric arcs, could increase the extent of injury that would be sustained by the employee.

Notice: Clothing made from the following types of fabrics, either alone or in blends, is prohibited by this paragraph, unless the employer can demonstrate that the fabric has been treated to withstand the conditions that may be encountered or that the clothing is worn in such a manner as to eliminate the hazard involved: acetate,nylon, polyester, rayon.

Key points of the Memorandum:
The OSHA memorandum is specific to the following operations: Oil and Gas Drilling Well Servicing Production Related Operations in support of drilling and well servicing

OSHA has concluded that employers conducting these operations "are required to provide and ensure the use of FRC"

OSHA Does not require compliance with NFPA 2112. Rather it says "Employers may consult consensus standards such as NFPA 2112 to comply"
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