Flame Resistant Uniforms

In your line of work, it's the job of your Flame Resistant (FR) workwear to help keep your crew safe. You need to be able to trust your gear to hold up its end of the deal. That's a lot of trust when lives are on the line. At Canadian Linen, we understand that support isn't helpful if it isn't the right support. That’s why we take our responsibility to provide clients with the highest quality FR uniforms in the industry just as seriously as you take the safety of your employees. We carry the brands you know and trust, with programs to meet your changing needs. 

When it comes to ensuring worker safety, there’s no such thing as “too careful.” That’s why Canadian Linen stocks only the products that have been extensively tested and inspected to ensure they live up to and exceed the most demanding national safety regulations. When you partner with us, you don’t just get a uniform supplier — you get a partner who is willing and proud to do the work required to keep your employees safe.

What is Flame Resistant Clothing?

When regular clothing ignites, fire will spread outward from the point of ignition at an increasing rate even after it has been removed from the point of ignition. The fabric will continue to burn until it is completely consumed or until the fire has been extinguished.

On the other hand, FR apparel consists of fabrics designed to resist ignition. Not only will it take more for the garment to ignite, the fire will not spread out from the initial point of ignition. The flame should also die almost immediately upon being removed from the source of the ignition.

It’s important to remember that FR clothing will not prevent the possibility of burn injuries entirely. In case of exposure to an ignition source, the point of exposure will still become burned. FR clothing is meant to significantly lower the chances of clothing ignition and sustained burning. While wearing FR clothing, there’s a much lower chance your uniform will catch fire when exposed to an ignition source and that the flame will spread.

Over 25 Years In The FR Industry, From Booms To Busts

You can't afford to trust your FR workwear to just anyone — correct care maintains your workwear's integrity, which in turn helps maintain your crew's safety.

Your employees need to be protected. It’s why you invest in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). And for those employees who may come into contact with electricity, arc flashes and fires, your company has a responsibility to make sure they are outfitted in the proper garments. Not to mention, there are several industry and government regulations that your business is responsible for, including: 1

  • Do your employees’ garments fit properly?
  • Are the garments being laundered to manufacturers’/industry’s standards?
  • If the garment is ripped or torn, is it being repaired with FR materials?
  • Are your employees’ garments being regularly inspected?
  • Is there a scheduled garment retirement/replacement standard?

Uniforms are just part of an overall safety strategy and program for companies. With all the other considerations of running your business, it can become overwhelming to manage making sure the uniforms your employees wear are safe, too. Luckily, when you partner with the experts at Canadian Linen, you won’t have to, which will let you get back to your other pressing responsibilities. We take pride in providing this kind of peace of mind to business owners.

There are other factors to consider when evaluating what it takes to manage a FR uniform program. Those can include:

  • Is your workforce local, remote or a combination?
  • What does your team’s day-to-day work look like? Heavy soil? Light soil? Somewhere in between?
  • Is the work environment one where uniforms get ripped or torn often?
  • What kind of turnover do you see with your workforce?
  • How often are your employees replacing their uniforms?

To learn more about our rental, lease and purchased FR apparel programs, contact us to set up an appointment with one of our expert Sales Executives today!



1 NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, ASTM 1449 Standard Guide for Industrial Laundering of Flame, Thermal, and Arc Resistant Clothing, NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personally Against Flash Fire, NFPA 2113 Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, ASTM 2757 Standard Guide for Home Laundering Care and Maintenance of Flame, Thermal, and Arc Resistant Clothing.

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