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What is NFPA 2112 / 2113?

NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel against short duration thermal exposure from fire.

This Standard specifies minimum requirements for flame-resistant fabrics used to protect workers from exposure to short duration fire.  In specific this includes the design, construction, evaluation, of a standardised garment made from the fabric to be tested. 

To comply with NFPA 2112, the standard garments, when tested to a short exposure fire of 3 sec at 84 KW, must:

  • Achieve a 50% or less predicted body burn 
  • Defy melting, dripping or after-flame burning

In addition the final garment must comply with the following:

  • Have appropriate labelling in a visible location
  • Meet each requirement and test specified in the NFPA 2112 
  • Have UL certification label attached to the flame-resistant garment label or positioned directly next to it

NFPA 2113: Standards to ensure Selection, Use, Care and Maintenance of PPE to protect against short duration thermal exposure from fire.

This Standard has been developed to minimise health and safety risks associated with incorrect selection, use, and maintenance, as well as contamination and damage of flame-resistant garments that are compliant with NFPA 2112.

Under NFPA 2113 a hazard assessment is still very important and must be conducted to deliver a quantified energy level for the various tasks that workers perform.