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Just like in any industry comes the myths about the work, and in construction there’s no exception. Knox Team have collected a few "industry myths" about the construction industry and debunked them on behalf of all future and aspiring members of the construction community. You may find it hard to believe, but working in construction is not all hammers and nails. ;) 1. Construction work is very dangerous: Looking from the point of view of an outsider, it would definitely seem like construction sites are a hotbed of injuries and accidents. Since adhering to construction safety regulations are very important...

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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,...

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Today, we want to talk about the proper ways to layer underneath your flame resistant uniforms. Often we hear people say, "I want to make sure that my outer most layer is flame resistant. Whether I am wearing a shirt, a pant, a coverall or maybe a bib or parka. That's all I need to consider. I'm taken care of." Well that's not necessarily true. We need to also consider all the accessories that we might have on, like headwear. For example, what we're wearing underneath our primary layer, like our base layer t-shirts, our layering sweatshirt pieces. It's a...

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To understand how different FR technologies work, you first need to know how combustion occurs. Combustion is the scientific word for burning. In a combustion reaction a substance reacts with oxygen from the air and transfers energy to the surroundings as light and heat. The products of a combustion reaction are called oxides. The combustion cycle starts when fabric is exposed to a high temperature energy source like a fire or arc flash. The thermal energy quickly starts to decompose the fabric which causes the material to start burning and releases both flammable and non flammable gases when the flammable...

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Safety standards require flame resistant fabrics to be tested to verify that they will consistently and effectively perform their primary job of either self extinguishing or non-igniting. Depending on the hazards, the fabric is intended to protect against and the applicable safety standards, a variety of different tests may be necessary. The most basic test is the ASTM D6413 flammability test also known as the vertical flame test in this test a strip of fabric is placed in a holder and then exposed to an open flame for 12 seconds. After the exposure, the fabric is monitored for after flame and...

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