The NFPA Flash Fire Protective Garments Committee has published a new edition to the 2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection, which provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel, for 2023. This latest edition to the standard can be found here.
The 2023 edition includes a new reference to ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings, and products are now required to meet that Standard. Barrier Face Coverings are also required to be fully certified, which rolls back a previously relaxed requirement found in the 2018 edition.
HTP test method now includes modifications for testing whole knitted gloves. With previous trouble getting 6″x6″ specimen from a whole knitted glove, smaller specimens are allowed with smaller exposure areas.
A small modification to the Glove Flame Testing was made to ensure lab-to-lab consistency.
Three TIA’s have been issued since the release of the 2023 edition:
TIA 23-1 removes the char length and thermal shrinkage requirement from lining materials and venting materials.
TIA 23-2 adjusts the dates required to comply with the new edition of this standard- previously 12 months- manufacturers are now allotted 18 months.
TIA 23-3 removes one overlooked section exempting barrier face coverings from certification, now that barrier face covers must be fully certified.
ArcWear a Division of Kinectrics, is an accredited third-party testing laboratory. Our NFPA 2112 test data is accepted by both UL and SEI towards certification services. For questions or testing inquiries, please contact FlashCert@arcwear.com.