Count on G&K Services for a Wide Range of Flame Resistant (FR) Solutions for Your Specific Needs.
No matter what your industry—petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, electric or gas utility, welding, mining, or manufacturing—G&K has solutions to cover your flame resistant uniform needs.
Whether you’re looking for electric arc flash, flash fire, or combustible dust protection, G&K provides safety and image solutions based on your needs and your individualized work-site safety assessment.
G&K Services provides leading ProTective apparel.
Our customized solutions fit the way you do business, while helping to ensure compliance with today’s safety standards.
We support and meet the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).
Unforeseen events in electrical environments, such as equipment failure, accidental dropping of tools, a power surge, or human error, can create arc-flash incidents. An arc flash typically lasts less than one second, but it can leave devastating results. It is an explosive blast of flame, debris, sound, and force resulting from substantial electrical current passing through ionized air. An arc flash can propel molten metals, such as copper, at exceptionally high velocity, with radiant heat levels exceeding 35,000°F.
Electric and cable utility employees are exposed to the potential of arc flash every day. Likewise, maintenance staffs or anyone who works with electricity in manufacturing facilities will have regular or occasional exposure to arc flash risk. Meeting the NFPA 70E, CSA Z462 and CSA Z96 standards will greatly reduce arc flash burn injury risks.
NFPA 70E was originally developed by the NFPA to meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) requirements to address electrical hazards in the workplace. It is now an industry standard, which many companies use as their guideline for electrical safety.
Who needs NFPA 70E/CSA Z462/CSA Z96 Required Protection?*
Anyone who installs, maintains, or repairs energized/electrical systems could be at risk for arc flash exposure. This means anyone who is an electrician or who performs maintenance work in virtually every industry needs to look at gear that provides the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
*CSA Z462, CSA Z96 is based on the NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace.
Getting NFPA 70E/CSA Z462/CSA Z96 Compliant
The path to compliance with NFPA 70E, CSA Z462 and CSA Z96 has well defined steps, including:
- Selecting a method to assess arc flash hazards
- Identifying the level of risk in every area of your facility
- Labeling the level of hazard
- Marking boundaries
- Training employees
- Determining the protection level of flame resistant clothing and PPE for your specific levels of risk
Once you have conducted a worksite assessment and determined the level of risk, G&K will work with you to develop safety solutions to fit your unique needs.
*Standard for NFPA 70E safety requirement for employee workplaces–2012 edition
Flash fire is a hazard in any environment where concentrated fuel (flammable solids and liquids, or their gases, vapors, or dust) may become mixed with enough oxygen to support combustion. A flash fire is a sudden and unexpected ignition that is relatively short in duration, averaging three seconds or less. Flash fires are a common hazard in petrochemical plants, molten metal and glass foundries, mining operations, and gas utility services, as well as in oil and gas refineries and extraction and pipelines services.
NFPA 2112 - CGSB 155.20-2000
The NFPA 2112 and CGSB 155.20-2000 outline the certification, performance, and testing requirements for flash fire protection. These recognized standards help define requirements for flame resistant garments for the protection of industrial personnel against flash fires. These standards specify the minimum performance requirements and test methods for flame resistant fabrics in areas at risk for flash fires. These include:
- Evaluation and certification
These apparel elements are aimed at reducing the severity of burn injuries resulting from accidental exposure to flash fires.
NFPA 2113 assures the proper selection and care of garments to ensure the maintenance of required protection and safety levels. Understanding and meeting these standards is essential when it comes to protecting your employees, your workplace, and your reputation.
A combustible-dust hazard occurs when potentially flammable dust particles are suspended in the air in an enclosed location. An explosion can occur when an ignition source, e.g., a spark from electrical equipment or metal-to-metal contact, an open flame, or even static electricity, comes into contact with the dust.
OSHA reports show combustible dust can be produced from a variety of materials, including:
- Wood dust
- Metal dust (e.g., aluminum, magnesium, zinc, and bronze)
- Organic dust (e.g., sugar, flour, paper, soap, and soybean)
- Coal and other carbon dust
- Plastic and rubber dust
- Certain textile materials
Workers in a variety of industries are exposed to combustible-dust hazards. These industries include:
- Food products
- Forest and furniture products
- Metal processing
- Tire and rubber manufacturing
- Paper products
- Textile processing
- Coal handling and processing
It’s important to protect workers from potential combustible-dust injury by ensuring they wear proper PPE, including flame resistant clothing. G&K will work with you to develop safety solutions, based upon a worksite assessment, to meet your safety goals.
See OSHA’s reissued Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (CPL 03-00-008) and NFPA 654 for more information on combustible dust hazards and regulations.
Quality fabric choices combine comfort and protection
We select our fabrics, garments, and PPE to provide you with leading-edge protection. Our solutions utilize industry-leading flame resistant providers. They include innovative fabrics that combine protection, comfort, and value, such as Ultra Soft®, NOMEX® IIIA, and our exclusive GlenGuard®, to name a few.
Proper care and maintenance for long-term protection
Selecting the proper garment is part of the overall flame resistant safety solution. Proper maintenance and care of garments is essential for the continued long-term protection of your workers.
Meeting the NFPA 2113* standards is the employer’s responsibility when providing employee flame resistant work-wear. Following the provisions in NFPA 2113 promotes the correct selection of protective clothing and helps reduce the risks caused by incorrect maintenance, contamination, or damage.
G&K Services understands how to care for the flame resistant fabrics and garments that protect your workers. We follow precise standard operating procedures to ensure our garments have been properly laundered, processed, repaired, and inspected.
*NFPA 2113–Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.