Reduce injury risk with compliant Hi-Vis, FR and PPE

Indoors or out, in the processing facility or on the pipeline or rig site, you can reduce injury risks by outfitting your team with fully compliant personal protective clothing and equipment.

What is hi-vis?

Hi-vis personal protective equipment (PPE) helps protect workers by making them more visible, day or night. Designed to protect workers who need to be visible in daytime, low-light or dark conditions, hi-vis safety requirements vary across Canada—consult your local safety association for details.

What are the standards for hi-vis PPE?

Two main standards for hi-vis are CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

In Canada, CSA Z96-15 establishes baselines for how well hi-vis material reflects light (retroreflective performance), what background material colours should be used, and how much of the body should be covered with hi-vis material.

CSA Z96.1-08 is a guide for selection, care and use that helps determine types of garments needed to keep workers conspicuous at their work sites.

ANSI/ISEA 107-15 is the American standard for HVSA, similar to CSA Z96, and more commonly used on US work sites.

What is FR?

Flame-resistant (FR) clothing helps reduce or eliminate injury to those working near thermal hazards. In a flash fire or electric arc flash, FR fabric acts as a thermal barrier and doesn’t continue to burn. FR clothing is required where thermal hazard risks exist on site.

What are the standards for FR PPE?

Common FR standards are set by CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ASTM International.

Flash Fire Protection

CGSB 155.20: Workwear for protection against hydrocarbon flash fire.

CGSB 155.21: Recommended practices for the provision and use of workwear for protection against hydrocarbon flash fire.

NFPA 2112: Standard on FR garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire.

NFPA 2113: Standard on selection, care, use and maintenance of FR garments for protection of industrial personnel against short-duration thermal exposures.

Electric Arc Protection

CSA Z462: Workplace electrical safety.

NFPA 70E: Standard for electrical safety in the workplace.

ASTM F2733: Standard specification for FR rainwear for protection against flame hazards.

ASTM F1506: Standard performance specification for FR and arc-rated textile materials for wearing apparel for use by electrical workers exposed to momentary electric arc and related thermal hazards.

ASTM F1891: Standard specification for arc-rated and FR rainwear.

Better protection means better performance

FR standards can be complex, but Mark’s Commercial is here to help. We’re dedicated to improving current FR standards and to helping our customers fully understand the requirements for PPE. Mark’s is a highly active member of both CGSB and ASTM protective clothing standards committees.

Talk to us about how you can create safe and compliant PPE programs for your workers. We can also help you set up an uninterrupted bulk wholesale supply of critical PPC and PPE for your crew—delivered where and when you need it.

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