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FR Terms Glossary

Ever wonder what some of those words mean that are used to describe flame-resistant apparel? Here you will find the answers to those questions. Click through these terms and learn more about your FR apparel.

  • Aramid

    Aramid is a fire-resistant and strong synthetic fiber, developed by Stephanie Kwolek in 1961. It's a shortened form of "aromatic polyamide". "Kevlar" is Dupont's trade name for Aramid.  (back to top)
  • Excel FR®

    Excel FR® is fire protection that is guaranteed to last the lifetime of the garment it is protecting. It is also always 100% cotton because cotton is the best material for fire-resistance.  (back to top)
  • Excel FR® ComforTouch®

    Excel FR® ComforTouch® is similar to the Excel FR, but it also has nylon instead of cotton. The nylon makes the garment even more durable than its 100% cotton counterpart.  (back to top)
  • Nomex® IIIA

    Nomex® IIIA is a mix of 93% Nomex® Aramid/5% Kevlar® Aramid/2% Other Fibers, so it is stands up to just about anything. It is a flame-resistant material and perfect for people who work in the electric, gas, petrochemical, and refinery businesses.  (back to top)
  • CoolTouch® 2

    CoolTouch 2 is a flame-resistant protection that is long lasting and soft. It is HRC2 rated and is a lightweight blended fabric. It will help protect a worker from any sparks or flames that they may come across while working.  (back to top)
  • FR Disposables

    FR disposables are garments that can be put on over protective clothing to protect with even more flame-resistance.  (back to top)
  • FR HI-Visibility

    FR Hi-Visibility is a flame-resistant material that is also bright to help the worker stick out in dangerous places. Wear this if you are working outside and have a risk of being near sparks and/or flame.  (back to top)
  • Molten Metal® Protection

    Molten Metal® Protection is a flame-resistant protection that can be washed as often as needed. This protection is perfect for a person who works in the aluminum casting industry because it will shed any molten aluminum that hits it.  (back to top)
  • OSHA 1910.269

    This federal law covers the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, control, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment relating to fire-resistant workwear.
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  • NESC

    NESC or The National Electric Safety Code is used to implement safety procedures for utility workers and is the standard used by electric utilities.  (back to top)
  • NFPA 70E

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets the standard for flame-resistant clothing. They recommend that a person wears FR clothing if your job requires you to work with or around energized equipment. Basically, where ever you might be exposed to electric arc flash.
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  • ASTM F1506

    This is the current ASTM standard for fire-resistant workwear.  (back to top)
  • OSHA 1910.132

    Employers are offered this as guidelines for personal protective equipment for their employees.
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  • HRC

    HRC stands for hazard risk category. It is a number used to represent arc ratings that are standard for the safety for the level of hazards that employees could be exposed to while on the job.
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