INSPECTION SERVICE for Heat and Flame
Protective Clothing and Related PPE
The question of how well textiles retain
their properties is always an important
issue particularly in fields such as
clothing providing heat and flame
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive
requires manufacturers of PPE to give information
Inspection on obsolescence/lifespan. It is recognised that the
programmes manufacturer cannot have full control of conditions
designed to meet of use of PPE but shall assist the user in determining
individual needs when PPE is to be withdrawn from use.
- fire brigades FTS can assist manufacturers and users by
- manufacturers evaluating clothing and related PPE taken directly
from service for changes in flame retardancy, heat
- other users of PPE
penetration and most other protective properties.
There are several causes of “ageing” of
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PPE, defined as changing of the product
or inspection performance over time during use or storage.
services contact These causes can be one or more of:
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Cleaning, maintenance or the heat penetration through the
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disinfecting processes thermal barrier component thus
reducing the protection of the
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wearer. Visual assessment, even if
Visit our website Exposure to high or low temperatures or to this were possible with such an
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Exposure to chemicals and biological agents to determine if heat penetration
may have fallen below the
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minimum requirements of the
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Unit 4B, and “wear and tear” FTS undertakes specific inspection
Stag Industrial Estate, Exposure to contaminants such as dirt, oil, programmes for users and
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splashes of molten metal etc.
Broadheath, for fire brigades. It can advise users
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With respect to clothing and related PPE for likely to be reduced by the end-use
protection against heat and flame several of the environment and then devise an
above situations could apply. For example, the appropriate sampling and testing
main concern to users of industrial fire protective programme as an independent
clothing is that the flame retardant performance is inspection service.
retained after the laundering process. In the case of
firefighter’s clothing which is made up of several
layers of different materials the effect of laundering
is also important but with the emphasis being
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