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Update on Standards Affecting Thermal Industrial PPE

Staying up to date about revisions to existing standards is very important when you are responsible for selecting thermal industrial personal protective equipment (PPE). To help you stay informed, here are summaries of what's happening with some North American standards, as well adigitalData.links to additional information.

NFPA 2113

NFPA 2113The first draft revision of the 2020 edition of National Fire Protection Association NFPA 2113, Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire, closed for public comment on May 9, 2018. Most proposed changes focus on the integration of new PPE items—shrouds, hoods, balaclavas, gloves and multilayer systems—recently added to NFPA 2112, the thermal PPE minimum specification standard. A publication date of August 2019 is expected.

Multiple hazard environments, and PPE selection for these workplace multihazard environments, is emphasized. This standard addition is intended to direct users to conduct extended analyses, as required, to select the appropriate PPE.

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As an example, gloves should be considered where the potential workplace hand or wrist threat includes not only flash fire, but also electrical, cut, chemical exposure, impact, vibration, welding (hot work), nuclear or other risks. Guidance is provided for the user to identify the hazard(s) that takes precedence to select the appropriate PPE. In the case where gloves are primarily for electrical shock protection, those certified to NFPA 2112 would be inappropriate and the user is directed to consult other standards (for example, NFPA 70E® for electric shock).

NFPA 2112 and ASTM F1930

The latest 2018 edition of NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire, has been published. New PPE items—shrouds, hoods, balaclavas, gloves and multilayer systems—have been added with their own minimum thermal performance specification criteria.

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ASTM is in the process of re-engineering the sewing pattern used to construct test garments for ASTM F1930 Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Flame Resistant Clothing for Protection Against Fire Simulations Using an Instrumented Manikin. The new version is expected to be available before the end of the year and will better match the dimensional measurement requirements.

Note that NFPA 2112 is currently open for public input on change proposals for the 2023 edition. The last day for submissions is June 30, 2020. Click here for submission guidelines.

OSHA Update

OSHAThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still reorganizing under the new federal administration. The Assistant Secretary position is open and is temporarily being filled by the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Loren Sweatt. New OSHA policies and procedures for programmed safety and health inspections appear to be delayed. This includes regulatory changes to 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V (electric power generation, transmission and distribution to include construction standards). The draft directives are mostly complete (some appendices work may still be required) but are not yet moving to the review and application stages. Also affected is the generation of Letters of Standard Interpretation. OSHA has given no indications yet on release timing for these policies and procedures.

Editor's Note: Update information provided courtesy of David Wallis, OSHA retired.

2022 Edition of the NESC®, ANSI C2

2022 Edition of the NESC®The National Electric Safety Code (NESC®), which sets the utility industry basis for safety during installation, operation and maintenance, is now open for public input on changedigitalData.proposed for the 2022 edition. The final day for submissions is July 16, 2018. Information on submitting change proposals, the NESC® style manual, the 2022 revision schedule, and current committee membership is available at the NESC® website.

2022 Edition of the NESC®

2021 Edition of NFPA 70E®

Changes to the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, NFPA 70E®, which sets the requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel from electrical hazards closed for public input on June 27, 2018.

CAN/CGSB-155.20-2017

The 2000 editions of the Canadian General Standards Board standards CAN/CGSB-155.20, Workwear for Protection Against Hydrocarbon Flash Fire, and the CAN/CGSB-155.21, Recommended Practices for the Provision and Use of Workwear for Protection Against Hydrocarbon Flash Fire, have been significantly changed and integrated into one standard. The new combined standard is designated as CAN/CGSB-155.20-2017, Workwear for Protection Against Hydrocarbon Flash Fire and Optionally Steam and Hot Fluids.

The original CGSB-155.20 & 155.21 standards were the basis for NFPA 2112 and 2113. The new Canadian standard diverges from NFPA in performance specifications that address Canadian-specific environmental as well as petrochemical working conditions. As the title implies, new optional content for steam and hot fluid testing as well as protection criteria, has been added. This is primarily targeted to PPE solutions for the thermal protection needs of Canada's Oil Sands extraction technology (which is based on steam and hot fluids).

In addition, the following have been added to CAN/CGSB-155.20-2017:
  • Requirements for FR rainwear (a feature still under development for NFPA 2112)
  • Thermal manikin minimum performance test (40% maximum total predicted burn injury versus 50% allowed in NFPA 2112)
  • The number of laundering cycles before testing is set at 50 (versus 100 required for NFPA 2112)

The previous recommended practices document, CAN/CGSB-155.21, has been integrated into Annex B of the new document. The annex is revised to address newly added PPE items and covers use, limitations, selection, static electricity considerations and maintenance of protective workwear.

Why Buy Certified?Interested in learning more? Watch an archived version of the May 3, 2018, webinar titled "Why buy certified? Understanding standards NFPA 2112 and ASTM F1506 and why certification matters when selecting FR PPE" available at the Nomex® Knowledge Center.



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