Cotton is primarily the choice of many apparel makers and used in nearly all types of workwear, frequently in a polyester/cotton blend. However, where the use of cotton in workwear is now widely regarded as standard, for workers in hazardous environments where the risk of fires and exposure to flame and high heat levels this isn’t enough protection and severe injuries are a real possibility. Cotton garments are fairly inexpensive and offer a low budget option for companies looking to save money. Here we discuss your options – should you opt for inherent or treated garments, and the pros and cons of each fabric.
Most fabrics, and also man-made fabrics will either burn or melt when exposed to a high heat source or flame, however, specialist garments made of flame resistant fabrics are the opposite and provide premium protection for that worker – the garments burn slowly, and are hard to ignite, and significantly will self-extinguish when the source of heat is removed. These FR (Flame Resistant) fabrics are usually one of the following – treated, i.e. when the fibres used in the manufacture of the garment are chemically treated thus providing FR qualities, or inherent where the FR qualities are inherent in the fabric fibres.