NFPA 2112 Defined

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

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.

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.

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