End User Information Guide
We take great care and pride in manufacturing this flame resistant (FR) coverall, 3rd party certified by UL compliant to “NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire, 2018 Edition”, and thereby compliant with “NFPA 2113: Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire, 2015 Edition”. We encourage those using our PPE to be familiar with these standards especially NFPA 2113, and its requirements and help for end users and wearers including how it is to be: selected, worn, cleaned, repaired and maintained. Both standards can be purchased online at https://www.nfpa.org/ Please read the following requirements and instructions to get the best performance from your PPE FR clothing.
Marking Recommendations and Restrictions:
The use of NON-FLAME or non-heat resistant embellishments should be kept to a minimum and reviewed with a supervisor who understands the NFPA 2112 Standard.
If hand written markings are desired on your garment, we recommend they be on the interior of the garment with an industrial laundry marker; ie. Sharpie pen etc.
PPE Clothing Manufacturer’s Warranty
Apparel Solutions International (ASI) is a proud supplier of top quality protective clothing and, as such, guarantees the quality, workmanship and performance of each of the products that we manufacture.
ASI will repair or replace any garments within one year of purchase that fail due to manufacturing defects which includes seam, zipper or snap failure.
This warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse, improper care, normal wear and tear, or the natural deterioration such as UV degradation of any components used in its construction over extended time and use. Fabric or pocket tears are not covered by this warranty. Zippers will not be replaced if damage is a resulting from contaminants or foreign matter.
Returns For Repair
All returns require a return merchandise authorization (RMA) in advance. This number is obtained by contacting the customer service department at our Edmonton office either through email – firstname.lastname@example.org– or phone –780-434-6100. ASI will provide case by case evaluations for each request to make a determination on whether the product is eligible for repair or replacement. Once this determination has been made an RMA number will be provided along with instructions on getting the item sent back to us. The RMA number must be written clearly on the outside of the package. Shipping of garments covered by Manufacturer’s Warranty will be paid for by ASI and only in conjunction with the required RMA.
All garments must be clean before being returned to our Edmonton location. Items that arrive unwashed may be subject to a cleaning fee, delayed, or may even be rejected at the discretion of ASI.
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General End User Care & Use Recommendations
This ASI PPE FR Coverall is only meant to be acquired after the end user has followed their requirements as quoted below from NFPA 2113-2015: 4.1 General. “The organization’s selection process for flame resistant garments shall be based on the following:
(1) The conduct of a hazard analysis of the workplace to determine the need for the wearing of flame-resistant garments
(2) An evaluation of flame-resistant garment designs and characteristics to determine the type of flame-resistant garments suitable for protecting workers
(3) The development of specifications for purchasing flame resistant garments” Is designed and required to cover and protect both the upper and lower body as defined by NFPA 2113- 2015:
188.8.131.52 “Lower Body. The area of the body below the waist including the legs but excluding the ankles and feet.
184.108.40.206 Upper Body. The area of the body above the waist and extending to the shoulders, including the arms and wrists but excluding the hands. [2112, 2012]”
ASI Pre-Use Recommendations
Inspect this garment to ensure it meets your end use requirements, and there are no defects in its protective integrity –please see below for more information.
Ensure this FR coverall fits correctly:
o It must not be tight fitting as this can restrict its protective thermal insulation PPE properties, but loose enough to enable the wearer’s freedom of mobility and ability to perform assigned jobs without creating tripping, snagging or other hazards.
o For help with garment sizing please see our sizing chart and allow for shrinkage from cleaning, and contact us for more information and help.
Clean this garment at least once prior to use according to our separately provided Care and Cleaning instructions. Cleaning helps remove potentially flammable or skin irritating contaminants that the fabric and other components or garment itself may have been exposed to during production and storage. Cleaning also enhances garment comfort with improved “breathability” and feel to the skin.
Storage – As Received New Garments & In Use Garments
Store garments in a clean dry and well ventilated area, not in direct or indirect sunlight, and only after in use or used garments are first cleaned and dried according to our Care and Cleaning instructions. We recommend taking this opportunity to also inspect them to ensure their protective integrity has not been compromised. Please note NFPA 2113 also requires soiled flame-resistant garments not be stored with personal belongings.
Inspections, And FR Apparel Donning & Doffing Procedures
To ensure this FR garments protective integrity we recommend it is inspected every time prior to being worn ensuring it is clean of flammable or other harmful contaminants, and with no defects from: rips or tears, seam failure, improperly working closure systems including zippers, snaps, hook & loop fasteners, or from the fabric being too worn and thin to provide adequate thermal insulation.
Wear This PPE FR Clothing To Enhance & Not Compromise Its Protective Integrity
Must Be The Outermost Garment:
- Only this or other clothing compliant with NFPA 2113 (NFPA 2112), is to be worn as the outer garment, and non-compliant garments including non-FR hoods and t-shirts must not be exposed
- At minimum the body is covered as defined and quoted above from NFPA 2113-2015 sections 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
- Garment closure systems are closed and fastened
- Collars are closed, sleeves & legs rolled down and torso covered
- When FR shirts & pants are worn shirt tails are tucked into the pants.
Garments must not be worn if they are not clean or in a good state of repair. There must be no failures to its protective integrity due to: rips, tears or holes, seam failure, improperly working or fastened closure systems including zippers, snaps, hook & loop fasteners, or from the fabric being too worn and thin to provide adequate thermal insulation.
Base Layer Garments:
Do not wear clothing that can melt. It is better to wear nothing underneath this FR PPE than wear clothing that can melt since it can contribute to burn severity. Fibers that melt include: acrylic, nylon, polyester, microfiber (polyester) and polypropylene. Providing the fabric does not melt -drip, shrink or soften, an incidental amount of these fibers can be used such as elastic in non-melting underwear or socks
Wear flame resistant base clothing, or if completely covered and shielded those manufactured from flammable but non-melting fibers including wool, silk, and cellulose -cotton, hemp, linen, lyocell, rayon and TENCEL®. Note: normally flammable but non-melting base layer fabrics can enhance thermal protective performance providing they are completely shielded by the outer NFPA 2112 compliant garment.
Care, Maintenance & Cleaning
We recommend following NFPA 2113-2015’s 6.1.4 requirements “Flame-resistant garments shall be laundered or drycleaned with such frequency so as to prevent buildup of contaminants that reduce flame resistance.” Note: Drycleaning -by using a solvent, is the superior method for removing hydrocarbon contaminants.
To ensure the best removal of flammable contaminants, garment life and performance please follow our separate Cleaning & Laundry and Repair Instructions individualized for each FR coverall fabric type. Doing so is especially important for fabrics achieving their flame resistance through the use of flame retardant treatments since improper cleaning can adversely affect these FR properties.
To avoid cross contamination do not clean garments in public places such as laundromats or at home.
Retire and dispose of FR garments when the buildup of flammable contaminants cannot be removed by cleaning, or they no longer maintain their protective integrity. Garments contaminated by other hazardous materials or biological agents should be cleaned, decontaminated or deposed off as stipulated by those having jurisdiction.