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Significance and Use
This specification covers the minimum performance criteria for flame resistance and other requirements for rainwear used by workers with the potential to be simultaneously exposed to wet weather conditions and either hydrocarbon or petrochemical industrial fires.
The purchaser has the option to perform or have performed any of the tests required by this specification in order to verify the performance of the rainwear.
This specification for rainwear shall not be construed as a requirement for the use of any particular rainwear material.
1.1 This specification establishes applicable test methods, minimum physical and thermal performance criteria, a suggested sizing guide, and suggested purchasing information for rainwear for use by workers who are potentially exposed to industrial hydrocarbon fires or other petrochemical fire hazards.
1.1.1 This specification does not apply to rainwear used for thermal electric arc flash hazards. Specification of rainwear for these electric arc flash hazards are addressed in Specification F 1891
1.2 The objective of this specification is to prescribe function and performance criteria for rainwear that meets a minimum level of thermal and physical performance when exposed to a laboratory-simulated fire exposure.
1.3 This specification is not intended to serve as a detailed manufacturing or purchasing specification, but can be referenced in purchase contracts to ensure that minimum performance requirements are met.
1.4 Controlled laboratory tests used to determine compliance with the performance requirements of this specification shall not be deemed as establishing performance levels for all situations to which wearers of this protective clothing are potentially exposed.
1.5 This specification does not attempt to establish in-service care and use of this flame resistant rainwear.
1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in brackets are mathematical conversions to inch-pound or other units that are commonly used for thermal testing.
1.7 The following safety hazards caveat pertains to Sections 7 and 9 of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D751 Test Methods for Coated Fabrics
D1117 Guide for Evaluating Nonwoven Fabrics
D1388 Test Method for Stiffness of Fabrics
D3393 Specification for Coated Fabrics--Waterproofness
D3776 Test Methods for Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) of Fabric
D3786 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textile Fabrics--Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method
D4391 Terminology Relating to The Burning Behavior of Textiles
D6413 Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test)
E96/E96M Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Materials
F1494 Terminology Relating to Protective Clothing
F1891 Specification for Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear
F1930 Test Method for Evaluation of Flame Resistant Clothing for Protection Against Fire Simulations Using an Instrumented Manikin
AATCC StandardsAATCC127 Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure Test
NFPA StandardsNFPA2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, 2007 Edition Available from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, http://www.nfpa.org.
ICS Number Code 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)