Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues regulations for employers, to protect workers. OSHA requirements for flame-resistant clothing protect workers who need such clothes to work safely.
OSHA requires personal protective clothing for workers who weld, cut or braze. Since these types of work often put workers at risk for catching clothes on fire, workers' personal protective clothing should often include flame-resistant clothing. Other general OSHA requirements require protective clothing and gear whenever employees work in any hazardous environments, which can include flame-resistant clothing for a variety of jobs that work near flammable materials. For example, workers who work near flammable chemical storage areas, in petrochemical plants, as part of fire brigades and in electrical distribution should wear flame-resistant clothing.
Gas and Oil Drilling
OSHA explains that flash fires tend to occur during gas and oil drilling operations. To reduce the risk of burns and death during flash fires, OSHA states that employees should wear flame-resistant clothing when drilling reaches active gas or hydrocarbon areas and when the area has a history of fluid or gas kicks from underground.
Flash Fire Hazards
OSHA requires flame-resistant clothing for employees working in areas that could have flash fires. Work environments at risk for flash fires include areas that store highly flammable materials in liquid, solid or gas form. Employers who know about a flash fire risk and do not have their employees wear fire-resistant clothing may get a citation from the OSHA for violating safety requirements.
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration: General Requirements
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Enforcement Policy for Flame-Resistant Clothing in Oil and Gas Drilling, Well Servicing, and Production-Related Operations
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration: General Requirements Personal Protective Equipment
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Requirement for Flame-Resistant Clothing in Petrochemcial Plant Covered by PSM
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