Presentation on theme: "PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE What is NEW in Flame Resistant Fabrics Past / Present / Future Emerging Technology Care & Maintenance Speaker: Duncan Blaine TECGEN."— Presentation transcript:
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE What is NEW in Flame Resistant Fabrics Past / Present / Future Emerging Technology Care & Maintenance Speaker: Duncan Blaine TECGEN SELECT
Why FR? Historical Statistical Information Associated Costs Historical Perspective / Evolution Fabric Types Evolution of FR technology Commercially Available Today The Regulations & Fabrics Protective Characteristics Emerging Technology Fabric Types / Protective Characteristics Selection / Care / Maintenance Guidelines / Suggestions
Statistics compiled from BLS database Numerical totals could vary depending on classification and grouping
2000 Direct cost of a fatality - $1.3 million Direct + Indirect cost - $4 – 10 million 2005 Major electrical accident - $17.4 million 2010 Major electrical accident - $23.0 million Costs include 1 st year medical expenses plus lifetime disabling medical costs Reference material compiled from CDC / NIOSH
Lost Production Increase in Workmen’s Compensation Insurance Rates Legal Fees Fines & Penalties Decreased Employee Morale
Unimaginable Pain Months In The Hospital Repetitive Surgeries Excruciating Rehabilitation Pain and Suffering Emotional Costs Increased Divorce Rate The Human Element Cannot Be Measured!
Chemically Treated FR properties are added by chemical processes Properties are bonded and permanent Hydrogen Peroxide and Chlorine Bleach should be avoided Inherent FR A synthetic (man made) fiber / natural fiber (wool) Essential characteristic of the fiber is FR Born to “Not Burn” Avoid Chlorine Bleach – Strength Loss
2011 – 44 th Anniversary of NOMEX® Inherently flame-resistant, NOMEX will not melt, drip or support combustion in air Durable FR Cotton 1970’s - “Topical” non durable applications – Proban FR 7a 1980’s - Indura® Brand – FR for life of the garment** 1990’s + - Continual development – Indura Ultrasoft®
INDURA Fabrics Retain the Natural Comfortable Characteristics of Cotton INDURA Fabrics are GUARANTEED Flame Resistant for the Life of the Garment
NFPA 70E – Consists of 5 HRC’s (0-4) HRC 0 and 1: Nomex®, Indura® US, Other Blended Fabrics HRC 2: Inherent, Treated FR fabrics, single layer – Minimum 8.0 cal/cm2 HRC 3&4: Multi layered Nomex and FR treated products NFPA 2112 – Flash Fire Protection (< 50% body burn) Mix of Inherent and FR treated products Molten Metal – Splash Protection / (Steel / Aluminum) Products available – Wool Based, Vinal Based, Treated Cotton NO NOMEX
Emerging Technology Increased awareness and regulation revisions have fueled “explosive” growth in research and development efforts by textile manufacturers The following is a “short” list of existing and emerging technology
Inherent FR blend of Nomex®, Kevlar®, Modacrylic, and anti static fiber Comfortable Durable (Life Expectancy similar to Nomex) NFPA 2112 Compliant Passes NFPA 2112 Requirements NFPA 70E Hazard Risk Category 2 Compliant 7 oz/ sq yard – 8.5 cal/cm2 8.0 oz / sq yard – 12.3 cal/cm2 Test results reported by Dupont
Inherent FR blend – Modacrylic, Lyocell, Para Aramid Comfortable, Soft Hand, Moisture Wicking via Lyocell Absorption NFPA 2112 Compliant 23% Body Burn Flash Fire Exposure Manikin Test NFPA 70E – Hazard Risk Category 2 Compliant 7oz/ sq yard – 9.0 cal / cm2 6oz/ sq yard – 6.5 cal / cm2 Test results reported by Tencate Southern Mills
Test results reported by Westex Available Since Mid 2011 in 7 oz and 9 oz/ sq yard Pima cotton for softness NFPA 2112 Compliant Passes NFPA 2112 Requirements NFPA 70E HRC 2 certified – 8.3 cal/cm2
Making the “right” choice for you and your specific application requires research and full understanding of the hazard protection requirements Your choice should be based on a good balance between: Safety performance, Comfort, Durability, Cost, & an Objective Wear Trial
Once protective requirement is established: Determine: Comfort requirements Fit requirements Durability requirements
Ask your potential supplier these questions: Is the fabric suitable for the hazard? Do you have in-depth knowledge of the properties of this product? Is this fabric certified / tested based on UL or SEI procedures and guidelines?
Review your entire program Understand WHAT maintenance actually is: Repair requirements Cleaning requirements Inspection requirements Understand ALL care labels Talk to your supplier
Consult the “Experts” ASTM (International Society of Testing Materials) ASTM F- 1449 New ASTM guidelines for Home Laundering Use Common Sense Make the “RIGHT” choice – Someone’s LIFE depends on it!