Treated vs. Inherent FR

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There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to the terms “treated” and “inherent” FR. What’s the difference? And, more importantly, does one offer better protection than the other? In short, the answer is no. But in order to understand why, we must start by understanding what these terms mean and why they were applied […]

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FR Glossary

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AR, FR, ATPV, OSHA. The list goes on and on. If there’s one thing that’s true about FR safety, it’s that there are a lot of terms to memorize. It’s not always easy to keep the various words and acronyms straight, but when it comes to building and implementing an effective safety program, knowing your […]

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Top 10 Things To Consider Before You Buy FR

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It’s likely you know a thing or two about FR. You know that FR clothing protects your guys against severe burn injuries and even death as a result of thermal incidents on the job. You know it’s also required by law in many different industries, under many different regulations. But all FR is not created […]

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2017: Keeping FR Safety Top of Mind

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It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is already coming to a close. It was a busy year for us here at Bulwark. We asked you to share your burning FR questions with us and answered them throughout the year in the form of blog posts, webinars, infographics, whitepapers and more. Click through the topics below […]

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The Lowdown on FR/AR Layering

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You know you need to be wearing FR. And you know your FR clothing has to meet—or better yet, exceed—your required ATPV. A layered FR system is one great way to ensure you’re protected and keep you comfortable. But FR layering can get tricky. It’s not as simple as adding up the arc ratings of […]

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NFPA® 2113 vs. 2112

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  NFPA® 2112 is the well-known and often quoted safety standard to those who work in the Oil & Gas Industry — no matter where they fall in the stream. And while 2112 is an important standard on how to specify the minimum performance requirements and test methods for flame-resistant fabrics and components, it does […]

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Know Your Hazards

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Depending on the line of work you’re in, there are any number of dangers you may encounter on the job. From slip-and-fall hazards to those due to working at height, there’s PPE to help keep you protected. When it comes to thermal hazards, your FR clothing protects you against two main hazards: Flash Fire and […]

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What’s the Underlying Danger of Non-FR Undergarments?

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According to NFPA® 70E section 130.7 (C) (12) (a), non-melting flammable garments (i.e., non-FR) are permitted to be worn under FR garments for added protection. In fact, putting an extra layer of clothing between your skin and your outer FR layers can provide an added level of protection and has the further benefit of absorbing […]

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2016 in Review

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2016: Asked and Answered No matter how you slice it, 2016 was one for the books. Here at Bulwark, we dedicated the year to providing you with new FR knowledge every month of 2016. Through blog posts, webinars, infographics and whitepapers, we answered your most burning FR questions. Click through the topics below to see […]

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Picking Up The Pieces After Hurricane Harvey

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To our friends and partners who’ve braved the storm in the Gulf Coast Region, we want to help you stay safe as you pick up the pieces and head back to work. So we’re offering 50% off Bulwark FR at Munro’s and FR Depot locations to help replace anything you may have lost during the […]

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FR Safety: Your General Duty

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Make no mistake—keeping FR on their backs falls squarely on your shoulders. In the United States, the responsibility for worker safety rests solely on the employer. In 1970, the OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and established the “general duty clause,” which delegated authority to OSHA to set the rules for […]

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The ABCs of PPE

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Building a PPE program that meets all safety requirements and meets your personal needs is no easy task. You must select the right garments based on the unique hazards of your industry, in addition to important factors like comfort, durability and laundering. But even the best PPE program in the world is ineffective without the […]

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Breaking Bug: The Rules For Insect Repellant And FR.

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With every new bug season, come swarms of new questions as to how to properly use insect repellent while wearing FR garments. Here are Bulwark’s “do and don’t” details. Make that, DEETails.   DEET is the active ingredient in many well known, and often used, insect repellents (liquids, lotions, sprays, wristbands, etc.) It is used […]

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ATPV 101

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What is ATPV, and how is it used in your hazard assessment? Put simply, ATPV—Arc Thermal Performance Value—is the most commonly reported test result of the effectiveness of FR clothing. It measures the amount of incident energy that your FR garment can protect you from before the onset of a 2nd degree burn. And the […]

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Beat the Heat: Cover All Your Bases and Base Layers.

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Summer is in full swing, and the question on everyone’s mind is: “How do I help my guys stay cool in the hot summer months?” In fact, it may be the #1 question we at Bulwark receive this time of year, every year. That’s why we’re here to help guide you with some cold, hard […]

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OSHA 1910.269 Q&A Fact Sheet

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OSHA 1910.269 is the federal regulation regarding employee safety in the electric utility industry. Do you fully understand the requirements the standard presents? Are you confident your crew has the right FR apparel to match the hazards they face? Let Bulwark get you regulation ready with our condensed version of this long and complex document. […]

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Top 10 FR Laundry Tips

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As most of us know all too well, there’s no such thing as wash-and-go when it comes to caring for your PPE. Proper care and maintenance of FR/AR clothing is essential to its effectiveness. Most industry standards recommend following compliant garment manufacturers’ instructions, while others offer more specific guidance. To keep it simple, we’ve compiled […]

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What’s in a Label?

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When it comes to FR, the answer is: more than you might think. Even after assessing hazard risks and selecting the appropriate FR clothing, it also falls on the employer to ensure that each garment truly matches the hazard it’s designed to protect against. That’s why it’s especially important to identify proper labeling on the […]

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AR and FR—What’s the Difference?

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Arming your crew with the appropriate FR gear is a feat in itself. Navigating the ever-changing sea of standards? Now that’s another beast entirely. Bulwark is here to help you choose the right FR program by ensuring you have a thorough grasp on the standards and what they mean for you—and your crew. When the […]

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Calculators, Comfort and Compliance: Bulwark’s 2015 in Review

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  For safety professionals, the job of making FR compliance a shared priority is a mighty task. You have an ever-changing sea of standards to navigate, and stay ahead of. The people under your watch don’t always understand the right way to wear, or care for, their flame-resistant apparel. And the apparel itself has historically […]

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