A Po t e n t i A l ne w MA r k e t Fo r FlA M e -resistAnt (Fr) Cl o t h i n g One of the new emerging markets for Flame-Resistant (FR) clothing is the oil and gas well drilling, servicing and production industry. Unlike the oil refineries and chemical plants, many of these companies have not historically been in FR clothing. Their move into FR was prompted by an OSHA memorandum on March 19, 2010. The memorandum was issued to clarify their policy for issuing citations to oil and gas well drilling industry, under the general industry standard for personal protective equipment (PPE) 29 CFR 1910.132. They referenced a history of burn-related injuries and fatalities due to flash fires in these operations, and thus concluded that their employers are required to provide and ensure the use of FR clothing. OSHA stated that “NFPA 2112 and 2113 applies to general industry workplaces and to drilling, well servicing, and productionrelated operations”. NFPA 2113 is the “Standard on selection, care, use, and maintenance of flame-resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire”. This standard specifies the minimum selection criteria for FR garments shall be in compliance with NFPA 2112, which is the “Standard on flame-resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire”. NFPA 2112 provides the minimum performance requirements for FR garments, which includes minimum FR fabric performance, labeling requirements, garment certification requirements, garment manufacturer quality assurance programs, plus a number of other requirements. You should note that not all FR garments in the marketplace have been certified to NFPA 2112. As of 2011 the OSHA compliance officers were given citation guidelines that included citing 1910.132(a) for the failure to provide and ensure the use of Flame-Resistant Clothing (FRC) in this industry when their operations have a potential for flash fire hazards. Those operations include: • Drilling – During drilling operations in gas and hydrocarbon producing zones. • Servicing – During servicing operations on wells involving the accessing and extracting of oil and gas. • Production – During production operations where well 10 Universal-UniLink Purchasing Association Oil & Gas Well Drilling fluids are brought to the surface, separated, stored, and prepared for delivery. OSHA feels that although each of these operations typically has engineering controls to reduce accidental releases, these controls do not entirely eliminate the possibility of a flash fire. To better understand why not all FR garments are created equal and the FR standards and requirements that apply, visit www.knowyourfr.com. Videos can help you learn the basics for evaluating FR garments and fabrics plus the requirements and performance tests for standards like NFPA 2112. There are video chapters introducing the basic hazards and standards, FR performance testing and one specifically related to flash fires and flash fire performance testing. Industrial Laundries Potential Role: As this new set of FR customers looks to procure FR garments, industrial laundries could be an important outlet to service this market. Industrial laundries have been a player in the oil and gas refinery market and could also play a role in this sister market. Many of the big drilling contractors are already in FR programs, but many midsize and smaller contractors are scrambling to come into OSHA compliance. A number of these drilling contractors are members of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, whose website: www.iadc.org includes a full listing of their members. The bottom line is starting in 2011 OSHA will be looking for oil and gas drilling, servicing and production-related operations to have their employees in FR clothing. Mark Saner, Workrite Uniform Co. 1-800-521-1888 ext. 236 firstname.lastname@example.org www.workrite.com After the 2011 Business Development Conference, 100% of surveyed attendees rated the conference as “Valuable” or “Very Valuable”.
For the greatest profit from flame-resistant garments, just do the math with Workrite ® . With our sewn-in quality and use of only proven FR fabrics, our apparel ensures greater wear life for your accounts and extended garment rentals for you. Bartacked stress points, triple feld-lock pants seams, pockets with extra fabric layers and doubleneedle lock stitching, stringent inspections – these are but a few of our laundry-friendly techniques that result in year-after-year durability. FR profits 101 Long lasting – for industrial laundries, that’s the name of the game. You’ll also be putting your customers into some of the sharpest-looking FR apparel made by the known industry leader. For over 30 years, we’ve set the benchmark for superior garment construction and performance. Backed by knowledgeable and responsive sales and customer service teams. So contact Workrite today, and cash in on FR leadership. 800/521-1888 www.workrite.com July2011 11