If an employee works in environments where heat, fire or electrical injuries are a real possibility, the odds are good they should be wearing flame-resistant clothing. OSHA’s guidelines dictate more specifically who should be wearing flame-resistant clothing.
There are three broad categories of workers who should wear flame-resistant clothing for protection, based on the type of hazard the worker will be exposed to while completing their work. Here are the three primary hazards.
Electric arc: People who are exposed to this hazard include electricians, as well as certain utility workers and others.
Flash fire: This category includes pharmaceutical and chemical workers, as well as those who work in refineries and more.
Combustible dust: The category covers workers in food processing plants, the paper and pulp industry, etc.