Significance and Use
This guide is intended for use by employees of the end user, such as safety personnel or program administrators, who have chosen to implement a home laundered flame, thermal or arc resistant clothing program.
This guide describes the key components involved in the home care and maintenance of flame, thermal, and arc resistant clothing. The decision to home launder flame, thermal and arc resistant clothing is part of an overall hazard analysis. It should include the nature of the hazard, the soils and any chemicals present in the workplace. Requirements may exist that require work apparel to be cleaned professionally due to the risk of contamination of the home or waste water caused by the wearer’s on the job exposure.
The guide provides the end user assistance to develop laundering methods that will clean the garment and maintain the flame, thermal, and arc resistant characteristics of the clothing during its useful service life. The guide also provides suggestions for increasing the wear life, appearance and function of the clothing.
The guide also provides suggestions as to when flame, thermal, and arc resistant garments should be removed from service.
1.1 This guide provides recommendations for home laundering of clothing that is flame, thermal, and arc resistant.
1.1.1 This guide does not apply to dry cleaning of flame, thermal, and arc resistant clothing. For more information on dry cleaning, follow label instructions or contact your garment supplier or fabric manufacturer.
1.1.2 This guide does not apply to industrial laundering of flame, thermal, and arc resistant clothing. For more information on industrial laundering, follow Guide F 1449
1.2 When garments are laundered properly, using the proper detergent, home laundering is an effective cleaning process.
1.3 It is important that potentially flammable contaminants are removed from garments during the wash process. If flammable contaminants are not removed, the flame resistance of the garment may be compromised.
1.3.1 To reduce the potential of employees wearing garments contaminated with flammable substances, the end user should analyze the soil conditions to which a worker may be exposed, along with the effectiveness of the wash procedure. In the event home laundering is deemed ineffective, alternative solutions should be pursued (dry cleaning, industrial laundering, disposable FR coveralls, etc.).
1.4 Certain laundry chemicals that may have an adverse effect on fabric flame resistance are identified in this guide and should not be used.
1.5 This guide does not apply to specialized protective garments such as specialized firefighter turnout gear and proximity firefighter ensembles.
1.6 This guide also provides recommendations for inspection criteria that are significant to the performance of flame, thermal, and arc resistant clothing.