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May 22, 2020

Proposed TIA to Address FR Cloth Face Coverings in NFPA 2112

ArcWear has proposed a TIA to address FR cloth face coverings in NFPA 2112. TIA, or Temporary Interim Amendment, Log No: 1513 is open for public comment until June 29.

ArcWear has been working to address masks in FR Standards since the CDC cloth face covering recommendations were handed down last month. We have received several questions from customers and end-users about face masks. End-users want to know that they’re safe while wearing face masks on the job. Many manufacturers are now making and selling flame resistant face masks. This TIA will allow those manufacturers to label the masks as NFPA 2112 Certified. That will give end-users the assurance that their mask is safe from flame exposure.

We told you in a recent blog post that similar work is also underway in the ASTM F18 Committee. That item is still under ballot and should have an update by the end of May. The recent post also includes a list of Arc Rated Cloth Face Coverings.

A key difference between NFPA 2112 and ASTM F1506 is that NFPA 2112 requires third-party certification. However, because these FR face coverings are needed immediately, it’s important to eliminate delays in the certification process. The proposed TIA allows FR face coverings to be certified by self-declaration. The mask just has to be made of NFPA 2112 certified components.

After it is approved by the Technical Committee, the TIA will be voted on by the NFPA Standards Council at its next meeting in August. Once published, FR cloth face coverings can officially be labeled and sold as NFPA 2112 Compliant.

ArcWear provides testing to NFPA 2112 in our ISO 17025 Accredited Test Lab in Louisville, KY. UL and SEI both accept our data for NFPA 2112 Certification Programs. Please contact us for more information or to get a certification project started today.

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