Protective Clothing - Knowledge Center

Welcome to the Protective Clothing Knowledge Center. Clothing is one of the most common forms of personal protective equipment (PPE). And while protective clothing seems like simple equipment, selecting the right type can be complicated. Whether you're looking for Arc Rated (AR), Flame Resistant (FR), Chemical Resistant (CR), Cleanroom, Disposable, or something else, you will find it here. Browse all of our content regarding Protective Apparel.

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As the world around us becomes more and more connected and data-driven, companies have the potential to harness valuable information to benefit their businesses and workers. This session will discuss how wearable safety technology, machine (more...)

As more solutions and features become available for AR/FR Foul Weather Gear, selecting a garment can be more complicated.During this webinar, we will discuss how to simplify the selection process by examining Applications, Hazards, (more...)

Choosing the right FR workwear for your employees can greatly impact their ability to work safely and efficiently. Join Tom Weeks of Radians for this informative webinar where you’ll learn about different kinds of FR, and how to (more...)

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Does your protective secondary FR clothing perform well in burn, flame response & repellency tests?KNOW THE FACTS that will protect your most valued assets.View remarkable results from a side-by-side (more...)

You don’t have to be sweatin’ to the oldies or your favorite Richard Simmons DVD to generate heat. Actions as unconscious as breathing generate heat as part of the metabolism, the process of breaking (more...)

The ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard provides criteria for materials, test procedures, design, labeling, and care instructions used in the construction and manufacturing of high visibility apparel. (more...)

Protective Clothing Terms

Gauntlet Cuff
Engineered Yarns
Safety Cuff
Thumb Shield
Abrasion Resistance
Band Top
Keystone Thumb
Dipped Gloves
High-Visibility Workwear
Disposable Apparel
Decontamination Unit
Type O High-Visibility Apparel
Type R High-Visibility Apparel
Type P High-Visibility Apparel
Flame-Resistant Clothing
Class 1 High-Visibility Apparel
Class 2 High-Visibility Apparel
Class 3 High-Visibility Apparel
Supplementary Class E High-Visibility Apparel
High-Visibility Rainwear
High-Visibility Safety Gloves
High-Visibility Winter Workwear
Chemical Resistance
Destructive Testing
Chainsaw Chaps
Sluice Room
Incident Energy
Arc Thermal Performance Value
Arc-Flash Boundary
Light Liquid Splash
Hazard Risk Category
Hazardous Contaminants
Chemical Hold-Out
Protective Clothing Seam Types
Microporous Protection
Chemical-Resistant Gloves
Puncture-Resistant Gloves
Abrasion-Resistant Gloves
Energy Break-Open Threshold
Cleanroom Apparel
Non-Hazardous Contaminants
Flame Resistant
Encapsulated Suit Level
Arc Flash Audit
Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate
Fire Retardant
Boudouard Reaction
Anti-Static Label
Electric Arc
Sulfur Dioxide
Fire Prevention
Fibers Per Cubic Centimeter of Air
Reactivity Series
Compliance Test
Combustible Dust
Metal Fumes
Infection Prevention and Control
Benzene Poisoning
Fume Cupboard
Chemical Safety
Explosive (Flammable) Limits
Chemical Manufacturer
Fire Precautions
Alpha Radiation
Flammable Solid
Hazardous Substance
Air Sampling
Chemical Hazard Information Profile
Nuisance Material
Pyrophoric Materials
Oxidizing Material
Upper Flammable Limit
Arc Flash
Arc Blast
Spill Containment
Chemical Protective Clothing
Flammable Gas
Acceptable Exposure Levels
Toxic Gas
Maximum Exposure Limit
Occupational Exposure Limit
Reactive Materials
Explosive (Flammable) Range
Combustion Point
Particulate Material
Hot Work
Milligram Per Cubic Meter
Eye Protection Safety
Short Term Exposure Limit
Explosive Liquids
Exposure Record
Physical Degradation
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Combustible Dust Fire
Fire Triangle
Protective Clothing
Chemical Hazards Information Profiles
Asbestos-Containing Material
Ignition Source
Air Quality Control Region
Fire Watch
Electrical Shock
Toxic Substance Control Act
Particulate matter
Hot Work Permit
Negative-Pressure Respirator
Fire Point
Hazard Identification Study
Explosion Class 3
Explosion Class 2
Explosion Class 1
Explosion Proof
Lower Flammability Limit
Upper Exposure Limit
Clean Air Delivery Rate
Class D Fire
Class C Fire
Class B Fire
Class A Fire
Powered Air-Purifying Respirator
Automatic Darkening Welding Filter
Confined Space Rescue
Carbon Monoxide
Knit Wrist Cuffs
HAZMAT Training
Hazard Exposure
High Visibility Jackets
Fire Hazards
Dermal Absorption
Level A Clothing
Fire Safety
Level B Clothing
Level C Clothing
Level D Clothing
National Fire Protection Association
Dielectric Material
Nitrile Rubber
Permissible Exposure Limit
Permeation Rate
Positive Pressure
Quantitative Fit Test
Acute Exposure
H2S Alive
High Efficiency Particulate Absorption
Breakthrough Time
Assigned Protection Factor
Exposure Level
Exposure Limit
Flame Arrester
Flammable Liquid
Flash Point
Qualitative Fit Test
Threshold Limit Value
Short-Term Exposure Limit

More Protective Clothing Content

Civil engineer at a construction site in winter

Workers need protection from the cold weather. Find out how to keep them safe in the winter without compromising their FR protection.

Workwear for light winter conditions

Winter doesn't always mean deep freeze and heavy snow. Find out how to equip workers with work wear that's appropriate for milder winters.

Flame-resistant workwear for winter weather

Layering flame-resistant clothing is a great way to deal with cold weather. Find out how to get the FR protection you need throughout the winter.

How to wash flame-resistant clothing

Washing your FR clothing the wrong way can compromise its flame-resistant properties. Learn how to wash your protective clothing so you don't get burned.

Selecting HVSA

There is a world of options when it comes to hi-vis safety gear, so how do you choose the right one? Here, we cover some of the things you need to consider.

How to select hi-vis shirts

Hi-vis shirts come in a lot of varieties, and most of them have an impact on worker safety. Find out what type is right for your crew.

Protective clothing must fit properly to ensure worker safety

One-size-fits-all protective clothing is not as simple as it sounds. Find out why a proper fit matters.

Benefits of moisture wicking fabric for workplace safety

Moisture wicking fabric is more than just comfortable. Find out how the right fabrics can improve safety.

Layering FR garments

Selecting FR clothing is fairly simple - until you decide to layer them. Find out what you need to know before layering FR gear.

What you should know about FR clothing

Trying to find the right FR clothing but don't know where to start? Learn more about FR fabrics and what to consider when choosing one.

How to select chemical-resistant clothing

Not sure where to start when selecting chemical protective clothing? This article will guide you through the process and cover what you need to know.

Selecting the right FR coveralls

If your workers face electrical arcs, flash fires, or combustible dust, you need to know how to equip them with the right FR coveralls.

A Spotlight on Mold Remediation

Mold issues should be dealt with immediately, but mold remediation carries its own risks. Find out what it takes to treat mold safely and effectively.

Protective clothing types

Selecting protective clothing can be complicated, but making the right choice is essential. Find out what you need to know.

Comfortable PPE matters for outdoor workers

Employers no longer need to choose between comfort and protection. Find out why that matters.

Choosing the Best Safety Vest for the Job

Safety vests are a critical piece of PPE on many job sites. Find out how to choose the right one for your workers.

Spray painting requires PPE

If you've got an industrial painting project coming up, how do you make sure it's done safely? Find out what kind of PPE will give you the protection you need.

Industrial spray painting must be done safely

Spray painting is efficient but comes with its share of risks. Find out what they are and how you can stay safe.

6 Jobs That Call for Disposable Clothing

You do what you can to save money on PPE, but that doesn't mean disposable clothing isn't the best option. Find out when it is needed.

How to Select the Right Moisture Wicking Fabric for Your Job

Performance and protection are critical for safety apparel, but it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. Learn more about moisture wicking clothing.

How to Protect Outdoor Workers by Preventing and Controlling the Spread of the Zika Virus

If your employees work outdoors, they might be exposed to the Zika virus. Find out what measures you can take to keep them safe.

Why Quality Work Pants Matter More Than You Think

Even people who care about safety often overlook the importance of work pants. Find out what common injuries can be avoided with high quality work pants.

What does permeation rate mean when it comes to chemical protective clothing?

Permeation is the process by which a chemical moves through protective clothing and fabric at a molecular level. It is measured in terms of permeation rate: the rate at...

Should I use a protective jacket or an apron to stay safe during welding work?

Welding presents many burning hazards. Recently welded materials, welding spatter, and radiation can all cause painful and unpleasant burns. Since we can’t separate the...

Caring for FR rainwear

Let's start with the simple version of the answer:Keep it dryKeep it cleanRegularly inspect the product for damage or wearAnd of course, the number one way to care for...

Can connected safety and smart PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) really improve safety?

In the world of industrial safety, forward-thinking manufacturers are turning personal protective equipment (PPE) into personal preventive equipment – giving workers the...

What clothing should I wear inside a cleanroom?

Good question. The answer depends on what type of cleanroom you are entering.By definition, a cleanroom is:A room in which the concentration of airborne particles is...

Whose responsibility is it to select the appropriate chemical protective clothing?

When working with hazardous chemicals, proper controls should be put in place to minimize employee exposure to these substances. While it is always desirable to...

What is the difference between acute and chronic chemical exposure?

Chemical exposure of any kind can be dangerous. Generally, there are three routes of exposure through which a toxic substance can enter the body:Inhalation...

What is the difference between primary and secondary flame resistant (FR) garments?

We use flame resistant (FR) protective clothing to protect against hazards like electric arcs, flash fires, and combustible dust. But not many people know that there are...

What detergent can you use to wash FR clothing?

Though there might be a debate over how often to wash FR clothing, it is impossible to avoid entirely. Like any other garment, FR clothing will get soiled and need to be...

What is moisture wicking and why is it important for FR knit apparel?

Moisture wicking technology in apparel is the use of specific clothing fibers designed to pull moisture off the skin, transport it through the fabric, and then spread it...

Know the difference between AR and FR clothing

The world of PPE can be confusing, and it's not always easy to choose the right gear for a particular application. But when it comes to flame and arc flash resistant...

When you need FR coveralls

While engineering and administrative controls should always be your first line of defense against workplace hazards, PPE is an essential part of keeping workers safe....

What should I look for in rainwear if I work with chemicals?

Working outdoors means you have to strike an important balance. You need to be able to keep yourself comfortable in any kind of weather, but you can't do it in a way...

What should you look for in a moisture wicking fabric?

Your choice of apparel can greatly impact your safety on the job. If you are working against the elements, on any given day you could be battling heat, humidity, rain or...