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Outer layer garments offer complete system of protection
Mar '09
Performance garment provider DRIFIRE President and Chief Executive Officer L. Gene Cone announced the company will showcase its industry-first garment solution which meets the new FR requirement for personal protective clothing in the 2009 NFPA 70E standard.

With the arrival of new regulations, non-arc-rated protective undergarments no longer count. Instead, garments need to fulfill a new set of requirements before they can be considered arc flash clothing compliant.

A cotton T-shirt under an arc-rated outer layer will not qualify as an HRC 2 garment system any longer. In order to be considered compliant, the FR outer layer must rate at least 8 cal/cm2. If not, the additional FR undergarments layers must be added to bring the system up to the full 8 cal/cm2 of protection required for HRC 2.

"As an innovative provider of unique NFPA 70E-compliant solutions, DRIFIRE meets the NFPA 70E requirements helping to make a worker's current garments compliant or providing a new system with a performance edge," said Mr. Cone of DRIFIRE.


The patented layering system held by DRIFIRE makes them unique from their competitors. The Total System Arc Ratings listed below allows consumers to combine the protective garments with existing coveralls or wicking shirts -- allowing each client to update current clothing systems easily in order to meet the new standards.

• Silk-weight clothing 5.5oz - ATPV 4.4 cal/cm2
• Mid-weight clothing 6.5oz - 5.2 cal/cm2
• Women's Undergarments 7oz - 4.4 cal/cm2
• Woven Chambray Utility Shirt 5.5oz - 6.3 cal/cm2

• Heavy-weight Clothing 5.5oz - 8.7 cal/cm2
• Woven Industrial Shirt 7oz - 12.1 cal/cm2
• Coverall 7oz - 12.1 cal/cm2

Compliance with a Performance Edge
DRIFIRE incorporates moisture wicking with its 70E-compliant quick drying performance apparel to ensure the wearer stays cool, focused and safe. The comfort and performance technology within these safety garments allow for unhindered job performance.

The chart below shows DRIFIRE Arc protection ratings for the DRIFIRE 70E garment system solutions.

• 5.5oz DRIFIRE Chambray Shirt only: 6.3 cal/cm2
• 7oz DRIFIRE Industrial Shirt only: 12.1 cal/cm2
• 5.5oz DRIFIRE Chambray over 5.5oz DRIFIRE T-shirt: 15.1 cal/cm2
• 7oz DRIFIRE Industrial Shirt over 5.5oz DRIFIRE T-shirt: 20 cal/cm2


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