SOURCE: driFIRE

August 27, 2009 11:00 ET

FR Shirt Manufacturer DRIFIRE to Organize Webinar Discussing New NFPA 70E Standards for Clothing

Premier Arc Flash Clothing Manufacturer and Retailer DRIFIRE Will Host an Interactive Webinar in Collaboration With ISHN Magazine to Discuss New FR Requirements According to the NFPA 70E Standards

COLUMBUS, GA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2009) - Industry flame resistance clothing experts, DRIFIRE® recently announced they will host a web event in conjunction with ISHN Magazine to discuss the new NFPA 70E Standards for FR requirements of personal protective clothing. The hour-long Webinar is scheduled to take place on September 15, 2009 at 1 p.m. EDT and will be hosted by a panel of experts representing the leading arc flash clothing developer and manufacturer as well as other industry authorities.

According to the new NFPA 70E Standard for FR pants and other FR clothing, a garment can only qualify as an HRC 2 garment system if it completely meets the new requirements. The focus of the new requirement is to avoid the natural fiber under layers from igniting. Therefore, a cotton t-shirt under a FR shirt will no longer qualify. To meet the standards of flame resistance, the FR outer layer must rate at least 8 cal/cm2 or additional FR undergarment layers may be added to bring the system up to the full 8 calories of protection required for HRC 2.

"The new NFPA 70E Standard might seem straightforward, but when it comes down to actual implementation, many find there are several questions that are left unanswered. We are conducting this Webinar to answer some of those commonly asked questions and clear all doubts about the new standards for FR," says Hugh Hoagland, Founder and Technical Consultant, ArcWear (http://www.arcwear.com/).

The upcoming Web event is free of charge, but participants are required to pre-register their attendance. Tracy Linton, Senior Vice President, Commercial of DRIFIRE in collaboration with Hugh Hoagland, a Technical Consultant with ArcWear.com, will host the event. Both men have extensive experience in the FR clothing industry and are well qualified to address questions on the new changes and their impact. The editor of ISHN Magazine, Dave Johnson, will moderate the event.

The experts will discuss technical FR fiber and fabric solutions and how they can provide increased compliance and combat heat stress in a work environment, regardless of climatic conditions. Additionally, Webinar attendees will learn how FR fibers can provide increased comfort through evaporative cooling, reducing today's existing compromise between comfort and protection.

"At DRIFIRE, we are excited for the opportunity to share information about the new NFPA 70E Standard. The Webinar is a free tool for people to gain a better understanding about the FR technology available and how it can significantly impact safety and comfort," concludes Cone.

About DRIFIRE: DRIFIRE (http://www.drifire.com), a premier developer, manufacturer and marketer of arc flash clothing, offers garments providing optimal levels of comfort, moisture management and flame resistance, making DRIFIRE one of the leading retailers of performance garments today.

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