The only way to do work in certain industries is to do it safely. Many industries have no requirements because there are no work hazards. Workers work safely in offices. Office work is not one that is considered unsafe (in this context).
When we talk about unsafe work conditions that need standards to ensure safety, we talk about industries that operate in the elements. Workers that work outside are at a higher risk to encounter hazards. Some of these occupations include:
- Natural gas exploration – Workers are outdoors on pads and around compressors where natural gas, a highly combustible substance, is prevalent.
- Fuel transportation – Workers are transporting potentially combustible fuels from refineries to distribution terminals
- Commercial and residential trades – Workers are installing gas and electric lines in new construction buildings
Enter NFPA 2112. The National Fire Protection Agency introduced this standard to improve safety in the workplace. But how is NFPA 2112 defined? What makes a garment NFPA 2112 certified? What industry environments need to be aware of this standard? In this post, our goal is to provide a broader understanding of NFPA 2112 so you can be safer at work.
NFPA 2112 Defined
The full title of the standard is NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.
The standard is in place to protect workers from flash fire exposures and their resulting injuries. Specifying performance requirements and test methods are key. Flame resistant garments and the fabric that they’re made of must meet these standards.
The content within the standard covers design, construction, evaluation and certification of flame resistant garments for use by industrial personnel. The intent of the garments are to provide protection to the wearer. These garments should not contribute to the injury from the burn to the wearer. Reducing the severity of burn injuries that result from short-duration thermal exposure is also a high priority.
To access more details on the standard, visit the National Fire Protection Association page on the 2112 standard.
NFPA 2112 Certified Garments
To follow the NFPA 2112 standard, you need to know what garments meet the specification. Flame resistant clothing must be made with certain fabrics and fibers to follow the standard. Where there is a chance of a flash fire hazard, FR clothing becomes essential.
The examples below are a sample of NFPA 2112 certified FR clothing. We’ve included images to show you how well these will work in your uniform program. Each image accompanies a downloadable PDF. This has critical information to help you determine which styles are best for your environment.
NFPA 2112 In the Workplace
Earlier in the article, we mentioned identifying the industries that need to be aware of the NFPA 2112 standard. While we touched on outdoor work environments, those that work indoor may also be susceptible to flash fire hazards. Let’s take a look at some of the industries that NFPA 2112 affects.
The first that comes to mind is the oil and gas exploration segment of the energy industry. Workers in O&G need garments that are NFPA 2112 certified because they are often exposed to flash fire hazards. Natural gas extracted from the ground brings on the potential hazard. When introduced to an ignition source, this natural gas can become lethal. NFPA 2112 certified garments protect the worker by self extinguishing after a few seconds of exposure to the open flame.
Another industry that should be aware of the NFPA 2112 standard is the commercial trades. Within this industry are workers that build and repair commercial buildings. These workers are subject to flash fire hazards when installing natural gas lines. They also face fire hazards related to electric arc flashes. We talk more about electric arc flashes in another article, but if your team works with electricity then NFPA 2112 certified garments may be a fit.
If you feel the need to have a deeper conversation around your FR clothing, let us know. We can schedule time to talk about how the NFPA 2112 standard impacts your business.