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PRODUCT TESTING AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Most regions conform to a type of international standard, with the USA’s NFPA guidelines being the most common. A basic understanding of how flame resistance is defined and measured is very important. Included is an overall listing of common industry standards both internationally as well as locally.

NFPA 70E – National Fire Protection Association, National Electrical Code

The USA's NFPA 70E guidelines require employees working on or near energised parts and equipment to wear situationally appropriate FR clothing that meets the requirements of test method ASTM F1506. ASTM F1506 provides the minimum performance specifications for protective clothing and outlines the required testing methods to measure the Arc Thermal Protection Value (ATPV).

ENA NENS 09 – National Guidelines for the Selection, Use & Maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment for Electrical Hazards

Energy Networks Association is an Australian body who administer NENS 09 guidelines which set the minimum standards for the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE) when used to protect employees against electrical hazards within the electricity supply industry.

NFPA 2112 – National Fire Protection Association Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire

Originating in the USA, NFPA 2112 is an industry guide on flame resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire. The standard provides minimum performance criteria and outlines 17 test methods including: flame resistance, after-flame, char-length, thermal shrinkage resistance and heat resistance.

Flame resistant fabric is driven by standards and specifications and must pass intensive testing before it can be offered in any marketplace.

ISO 14116:2008 – Protective Clothing Protection Against Heat & Flame

ISO is an independent European based organisation that develops international standards for participating member countries. ISO standard 14116:2008 outlines performance requirements for the limited flame spread properties of materials, material assemblies and protective clothing in order to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning. Protective clothing complying with ISO 14116:2008 protects workers against brief contact with small igniting flames where there is no significant heat hazard and without presence of another type of heat.

AS/NZS 4824 - Protective Clothing for Firefighters — Requirements and Test Methods for Protective Clothing used for Wildland Firefighting (ISO 15384:2003, MOD)

This Australia/New Zealand standard has been reproduced from the International Standard ISO 15384:2003 – Protective clothing for firefighters – Laboratory test methods and performance requirements for wildland firefighting clothing. This standard details minimum performance requirements for protective clothing designed for use for extended periods during wildlands fire fighting and associated activities.As this standard is for the purposes of certifying firefighting garments, we only refer to this standard for specific test methods – not certification – of our PROTECT range.

Australian and New Zealand High-Visibility Standards

Standards for high-visibility clothing dictate workwear colour and design and ensure workers are seen in high risk situations. All Hard Yakka PROTECT Hi-Visibility Workwear is certified to meet AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for high-visibility safety garments.