A word of caution about personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers who are routinely exposed to direct flame, extreme heat, molten metal, hot liquids, or arc flash: You may think that your flame-resistant (FR) protective clothing is more protective than it really is.

The reality is that not all FR protective gear provides the same level of protection, and performance varies greatly from FR-treated materials that typically provide minimal protection to high-performing fabrics constructed of truly non-flammable fiber blends. Companies and safety managers must be able to ensure that workers' garments and equipment won't burn, melt, or ignite—even when coming into contact with direct flame, extreme heat, flammable liquids, or molten metal—so it's crucial to select the right FR material for the specific application at hand.

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