“New NFPA Video Underscores Long-Lasting Realities Of Home Fire Survivors”

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On average, there are nearly 13,000 civilian fire injuries attributed to home fires each year.

In cooperation with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, NFPA has produced a new video underscoring the painful aftermath of these injuries. Burn care specialists from the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, one of the premier burn care hospitals in the U.S., detail the frequency of home fire injuries and painstaking recovery of burn survivors. Their stories help underscore the arduous recovery and procedures survivors endure post-fire.

The video is the latest produced for NFPA’s Faces of Fire Campaign, a component of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative that helps humanize North America’s home fire problem and highlights the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes. We will be releasing a second video from our interviews with the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center specialists in the next few weeks and will alert you when it’s available.

Please help us spread the word about this important video by: 
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Source: NFPA Xchange By:  Fred Durso on Jan 4, 2017

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“Oakland Warehouse Dance Party Fire a Rare Disaster, But Troubling Trend Continues”

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In this age of modern building construction and fire codes, large loss-of-life fires in assembly occupancies just aren’t supposed to happen. But, for some reason, they continue to. I noticed a trend following The Station fire; I thought to myself, “Seems like it’s been about ten years since we’ve seen a fire like this.” I was close; it was 13 years.

The trend started with the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, KY, which killed 165 people in 1977. Thirteen years later, in 1990, 87 people died in a fire at the Bronx, NY Happy Land social club. Another thirteen years later, in 2003, The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, RI, killed 100.

And here we are, thirteen years later, counting the dead in an electronic dance music party fire at a warehouse turned artist collective/residence/performance space in Oakland, CA known as “Ghost Ship;” the death toll currently stands at 36 and is expected to rise.

NFPA president Jim Pauley spoke to the New York Times about the role fire codes have played in making fires, such as the one that occurred Friday night, rare occurrences. There is no question that codes have come a long way over the last 40 or so years, and if they’re followed, the probability that a fire will have such devastating consequences is low. Today’s codes, like NFPA 101, require automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and multiple, protected means of egress from large assembly spaces. (News outlets report the Oakland warehouse was not sprinklered, and means of egress from the second-floor assembly space was limited to a single stair; it is still very early in the investigation.)

So the question we, as fire protection and life safety professionals, must ask is, “Are we doing enough to prevent these tragedies?” Do the codes, as they stand today, provide a “reasonable” level of protection? If we do nothing, is it reasonable to expect that in thirteen years we will see another tragedy like the one this past weekend? Maybe it will be eight years, maybe eleven, but I think the answer is, “most likely.” The alternative is to do “something.” I don’t know what that “something” is. Do we pile more requirements onto the codes, effectively penalizing those who diligently comply with the requirements already on the books? And how effective would new requirements be? If building owners aren’t complying with today’s requirements, should we expect them to comply with new ones? What about enforcement? I know very well the budget constraints faced by municipal fire departments. State and local fire prevention agencies do tremendous work with their limited resources. It’s probably not reasonable to expect code enforcers to catch every illegal large assembly gathering.

The answer eludes me. And it’s troubling. I recently became the staff liaison for NFPA’s Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies, so this hits close to home. It’s my hope to get the conversation going so we can put an end to this trend. Or we can carry on, status-quo. If we do, history suggests we’ll see another large loss-of-life assembly occupancy fire. Probably in about 13 years, around 2029. I hope I’m wrong.

Source: by Gregory Harrington NFPA xChange

“Winter Holiday Safety Tips” #HomeSafety #HolidaySafety #NFPA

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NFPA provides a wealth of safety information to help ensure the holiday season is a safe one.

Festive celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season, but they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one. NFPA’s Project Holiday campaign works to educate the public about potential fire risks during the holidays, offering tip sheets, videos, and other resources to help everyone safely enjoy the season.

Winter holiday fires by the numbers
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 35% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. One out of six (17%) started in the living room, family room or den.
  • The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • See more statistics on winter holiday fires.
Christmas tree & decoration fires

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. Between 2009-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees.

In the throes of holiday shopping and decorating? Check out the 9 Ways You’re a Holiday Decorating Disaster.

It’s time to deck the halls, but follow NFPA’s simple safety tips to help keep yourself and your family and friends safer from fire.

NFPA’s lovable Dan Doofus shows you how to have a fire-safe holiday with a few simple safety tips.

Holiday cooking

In 2014, the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking were: Thanksgiving, Christmas day and Christmas Eve.That’s why it’s important to know what you can do to help keep your friends and family safe while entertaining for the holidays. Also, read NFPA’s blog post on Martha Stewart’s website – 8 Simple Fire Safety Tips We all Need to Follow This Holiday Season.

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The holidays are a time for families and friends to gather. Whether you are looking for coloring pages, activity sheets or e-cards, we have what you need to keep you fire-safe this holiday season.

For the fire service

If you’re a member of the fire service, NFPA provides templates, talking points and other great resources to help you build a comprehensive holiday safety campaign for your community.

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign
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NFPA and USFA team up each year for the “Put A Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. To help you stay safe, we’re providing a wealth of safety tips and information on cooking, heating, candles and holiday decorating – factors that contribute to the increased risk of home fires in the months ahead.

 

 

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – September 17, 2013

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Fire prevention news articles

Campaigns/other fire safety activities

Campus fire safety

Inspections/code enforcement

Smoke alarms

Sprinklers

Wildland fire safety

Fire safety tips and reminders

Other safety news

International news

NFPA Looking For Fire Departments To Help Them Deliver Fire Safety With Domino’s & The Home Depot For Fire Prevention Week 2013

Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino’s program

NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week. FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor. FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information.

Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza! During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino’s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!

The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety. Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department.

If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email escafidi today.

– by NFPA’s Eileen Scafidi

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – July 9, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Lancaster City Fire Department has free smoke detector program

Campus fire safety

  1. Fatal Fire Leads to Safe Student Housing List (Ohio)
  2. State College apartment complex destroyed by fire

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. New Michigan Laws Put Fireworks Safety in the Spotlight
  2. Why Local Fire Chiefs Think Ban on Sky Lanterns Is a Good Idea (Illinois)

Smoke Alarms

  1. Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives
  2. iPhone Dock Smoke Alarm Alerts You During Sleep
  3. Stressing the Importance of Smoke Detector Maintenance (Nevada)

Sprinklers

  1. Fire and life safety educator talks about public awareness of residential fire sprinklers
  2. Sprinkler system does its job; prevents fire spread at Oro Valley apartment
  3. Lafayette Fire Dept conducts sprinkler experiment
  4. Performance of residential fire sprinklers with sloped ceilings (NFPA)

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Fireworks and wildfire: a flame to the tinder – Michigan State University Extension
  2. Experts See a New Normal: A Tinderbox West, With More Huge Fires
  3. Home Fire-Safe Checklist/Defensible Space
  4. Wildfire and Fireworks: Reduce Your Risks
  5. Wildfire experts call for more controlled burns

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Ill. State Fire Marshal has tips for home safety
  2. Keep your home and family safe in a fire (Pennsylvania)

Other Safety News

  1. Boy, 2, dies, bringing central Pa. fire toll to 7
  2. CHILD DROWNINGS: Officials offer strategies to prevent them
  3. Grant to Ga. fire department pays for 4,000 smoke detectors
  4. 28 injured at Calif. fireworks after platform tips
  5. Man helping with SC fireworks show hurt in blast
  6. Fatal house fire possibly cause by fireworks
  7. 2 dead in Richmond blaze linked to fireworks

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Smoke alarms needed to be fitted in the right place, fire chief warns (UK)

Arc Flash Regulations Overview

 

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OSHA is now citing and fining employers for failure to protect employees from the dangers of arc flash. For guidelines on best practices for protecting employees, OSHA refers employers to the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E standard, “Standard For Electrical Safety In the Workplace.”

The NFPA 70E 2012 edition instructs employers to conduct an arc flash analysis to determine the amount of thermal energy that could be generated in an arc flash incident. The information is then used to define a flash protection boundary around the potential source, and to determine the level of arc-rated apparel and other personal protection equipment required when employees cross the boundary while they work on or near exposed live parts.

In addition, the National Electric Code®(known as NFPA 70, which is different than NFPA 70E) added a requirement in 2002 mandating that potential arc flash hazards be labeled to warn of the hazard. The requirement, covered under Article 110.16, was updated and expanded in the 2005 version of the NEC. In the newly updated 2012 edition of NFPA 70E, these requirements from the NEC have been included to streamline industry best-practices. These requirements can now be found under article 130.5 (C) within the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E.

Source: Brady®

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June & July Are Peak Months For Grilling Fires & Injuries

Video: Hannah Storm, NFPA team up to offer consumers home fire safety.

May 23, 2013 – As the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer, grillers everywhere are dusting off their spatulas and are eager to let the grilling season commence. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is recommending that grillers be mindful of safety, especially as the peak months for grilling fires, June and July, approach. While gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires than their charcoal counterparts, all grills pose a risk for fires and burns.

Gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,100 home fires in 2006-2010, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,200 home fires, according to a 2012 NFPA report on cooking fires. More than one-quarter (28 percent) of home structure grill fires started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 28 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6 percent started in the kitchen.

Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCenter anchor was severely burned in a grill fire. She worked with NFPA to record several videos to share her story and raise awareness for grilling safety in hopes that others will avoid similar incidents. Video PSA (:30) also available. (Above Video)

Grills should be placed well away from the home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. If there is a fire involving grilling equipment, any fuel for the fire should not be near the home or any other structure.

Grilling season is a great time of year for friends and families to have cookouts and tailgate, but before starting the season, be sure your grill is working properly and review safety tips,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Communications for NFPA. “Leaks or breaks were the leading factors contributing to gas grill fires. It is good practice to check for damage before using it for the first time each year, and better practice to clean and check on the state of the grill regularly.”

Some other grilling safety tips from the NFPA are:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting it.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

 Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

For more information, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at 
www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

 

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 13, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 05/13/2013

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Fire department on mission to put smoke detectors in every home (Idaho)
  2. Fire agency offers home safety checks (Colorado)
  3. Volunteers knock for fire safety during Council Bluffs canvass (Iowa)
  4. Firefighters to hold “Give Burns the Boot” drive (Georgia)
  5. Teaching Fire Prevention at March for Babies (New York)
  6. Students to learn fire safety and prevention (Tennessee)
  7. Fire district, call center launch smoke-detector program (Florida)
  8. Working For You: Checking Your School’s Fire Safety Procedures (Texas)
  9. Facebook challenges others to match school fire safety gift
  10. Fire safety initiative for high-risk audiences gets underway (Massachusetts)
  11. RCFD pushes fire safety at local school (South Dakota)
  12. GFD helps hotels improve fire safety (Guam)

Campus fire safety

  1. GW Extends Fire Safety to Study Abroad

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Fire codes are intended to protect us
  2. New building code kept fire from spreading, officials say (Canada)

Smoke Alarms

  1. I Survived Part 2 – Galesburg House Fire (Illinois)
  2. Smoke detector saves family from fire in west Houston
  3. Smoke Detector Helps Save OKC Man’s Life (Oklahoma)

Sprinklers

  1. Manhattan Fire Protection District Recognized As Fire-Safe Community (Illinois)
  2. Ontario governments sets deadlines for sprinklers in seniors homes
  3. Mall fire eliminated by fire sprinkler system (St. George, UT)
  4. Sprinklers save new townhome (Pennsylvania)
  5. Editorial: Mandate sprinklers in new homes
  6. 5 Myths About Home Fire Sprinklers (IBHS)
  7. Recent fire in Waterville prompt city councilors to form fire safety panel
  8. Amusement park fire contained by fire sprinklers (Scottsdale, AZ)
  9. West Fertilizer had no fire sprinklers, company spokesman says (Texas)
  10. Sprinklers help save Plainville building

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. California Wildfire Preparedness Week: Creating Fire-Adapted Communities in California
  2. County unveils fire safety program
  3. Wildfire Awareness Week and Arson Awareness Week – May 4 – 11
  4. New York Offcials Warn on Wildfire Danger
  5. Firewise Communities Participate in First CO Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service
  6. NH Prescribed Fire Council plans educational meetings
  7. NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 34 official Firewise communities (NFPA)
  8. GOATS TAKING BITE OUT OF FIRE HAZARD (California)
  9. SD Firewise Program Helps Clean Up Area Forests

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Smoking and oxygen lead to fatal fire (Virginia)
  2. State Fire Marshal gives arson prevention tips
  3. Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office provides Electrical Fire Prevention Tips

Other Safety News

  1. Western Fire Chiefs Association president weighs in with Fighting Fire with Facts
  2. How the Cayuga County Red Cross responds to home fires (New York)
  3. Repeat Fires Put Maine Apartment Dwellers On Edge
  4. Texas Fire Marshal hopes to find cause of fertilizer plant blast
  5. Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on lithium-ion batteries
  6. Closed bedroom door saves woman from flat fire (UK)
  7. Meijer recalls more than 4500 heaters for fire hazard

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Caroline Springs youngster’s low-down on fire safety (Australia)
  2. New building code kept fire from spreading, officials say (Canada)
  3. Closed bedroom door saves woman from flat fire (UK)

Safety Photo of the Day – “What’s Wrong With Using This As A Face Shield?, It’ll Work Just Fine!”

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Want Water With That face Shield?

Face shield protection is an important part of personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.133 gives the requirements for employers to follow on the appropriate use and selection of face shields and protective eyewear. OSHA relies on ANSI to provide manufacturing standards for face shields as well as other eye and facial protective equipment. The manufacturing standard is ANSI Z87.1 and is titled, “American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection.” The ANSI manufacturing standards for face shields includes testing for impact and optical clarity. Face shields are primarily designed to protect the face from flying objects, molten metal, liquid chemical splash, bodily fluids and potentially injurious light radiation.

The most current ANSI standard for eye and face protection is ANSI Z87.1 – 2010. Changes for the 2010 revision include the following:

  • More emphasis on specific hazard as opposed to protector type
  • Impact standards were changed from “basic impact” and “high impact” (2003 standard) to “non-impact” and “impact” (2010 standard)
  • Greater side to side and top to bottom coverage
  • New testing for splash, dust and fine dust

The ANSI 2003 standard states that face shields are considered secondary eye protection and must be used in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles. The 2010 standard does not distinguish between primary and secondary eye protection. Most manufacturers of face shields suggest using safety glasses or goggles underneath face shields for additional eye protection.

OSHA recognizes the revised 2010 standard. OSHA also recognizes the 2003 and 1989 (R1998) ANSI standards for eye and face protection. By recognizing the 2003 and 1989 standards, employers are allowed to continue to use eye and face shield protection products meeting the 2010, 2003 or 1989 (R1998) standards.

Face Shield Visor Materials

Face shield visors are constructed from several types of materials. These materials include polycarbonate, propionate, acetate, and PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol). It is important to select the proper visor for the work environment.

Polycarbonate – Polycarbonate material provides the best impact resistance and heat resistance of all visor materials. Specialty polycarbonate visors are also used for arc flash protection and high heat and radiation protection. Polycarbonate also provides chemical splash protection and holds up well in extremely cold temperatures. Polycarbonate is generally more expensive than other visor materials.

Acetate – Acetate provides the best clarity of all the visor materials and tends to be more scratch resistant. It also offers chemical splash and may be rated impact protection.

Propionate – Propionate material provides better impact protection than acetate while also offering chemical splash protection. Propionate material tends to be a lower price point than both acetate and polycarbonate.

PETG – PETG offers chemical splash protection and may provide impact protection. PETG tends to be the most economical option for face shield choices.

ANSI does not provide a standard that applies to chemical splash protection or chemical resistance. The manufacturer of the face shield is the best source for information on chemical resistance testing.

Some face shield visors come in steel or nylon mesh material. Mesh visors provide good airflow for worker comfort and are typically used in the logging and landscaping industry to protect the face from flying debris when cutting wood or shrubbery.

Specialty Face Shield Protection

Specialty face shields for arc flash, heat, radiation, and welding protection are available as well. Specialty shields such as these may need to meet specific requirements and it is generally best to contact a safety supply provider such as Grainger technical support to determine what protective shield will be most appropriate for your application or need.

Arc Flash – These face shields are used for protection against an arc flash. The requirements for arc flash protection are provided by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the NFPA’s 70E standard. Face shields are included in this standard and must provide protection based on Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) which is measured in calories per square centimeter (cal/cm2). The calorie rating will need to be determined first in order to be able to select the shield that will provide the best protection. In determining the level of protection needed for your job or task, some methods available to you are; referring to the NFPA 70E-2012 Article 130 tables 130.4 ( C )(a) or (b), 130.7 ( C )(15)(a) and 130.7 ( C ) (16) or Annex D. Another option is to use an industry accepted software program or use a consulting firm to complete the risk assessment.

Heat and Radiation – There are face shields that will provide protection against heat and radiation. These face shields prevent burns by filtering out intense ultraviolet and infrared radiation. They are made from polycarbonate with special coatings. An example of this would be adding a thin layer of gold film to increase reflectivity.

Welding – Shaded welding face shields provide protection from UV and Infra-red radiation generated when working with molten metal. The shades usually range from Shade 2 – 14 with Shade 14 being the darkest shade. Refer to Quick Tips #109: Welding Safety for more information and proper selection of welding face shields.

When selecting a face shield or any other PPE, OSHA suggests conducting a worksite hazard assessment. OSHA provides guidelines in 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I Appendix B on how to evaluate worksite hazards and select the proper PPE. After selecting the proper PPE, employers should provide training to workers on the correct use and maintenance of their PPE. Proper hazard assessment, PPE selection and training can significantly reduce worker injuries and ensure a safe work environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the best face shield visor for a specified chemical?
A. OSHA suggests that PPE such as face shield protection should be used as a last resort and an engineering solution is preferable when working with injurious chemicals. Engineering solution examples include using a chemical splash guard or a fume hood. A chemical splash guard or a fume hood will stop injurious chemicals from ever reaching the face. If an engineering solution is not practical, a face shield visors will offer limited chemical splash protection. The manufacturer of the face shield is the best source for chemical resistance data. If, for example, a face shield is needed for hydrochloric acid splash protection, contact the manufacturer of the face shield to inquire about its resistance to this chemical.
Q. Can I use an inexpensive face shield for impact protection?
A. The revised ANSI Z87.1 – 2010 categorizes face shields as either impact or non-impact. All ANSI Z87.1 rated face shields with a “+” symbol stamped on the face shield (meaning impact rated) provide impact protection regardless of price. Manufacturer testing of visor materials indicate that polycarbonate offers the best impact protection and PETG the least amount of protection from impact force. This said, visors made from both polycarbonate and PETG may meet the ANSI testing standards for impact, even though polycarbonate is generally most expensive visor material. OSHA states that the employer must provide PPE to workers that give sufficient protection from the hazard. Polycarbonate would be a better choice if the hazard requires a higher impact protection than PETG.

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