Safety Standards

Workwear Clothing Certifications Explained
The following is a brief summary of the referenced Standards to which many of our garments are manufactured. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. WearWell does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents abstracts and summaries are accurate, complete or up to date.  The summary does not in any way represent an official, legal nor complete interpretation of the referenced standards and there is no representation, warranty, guarantee or other obligation of WearWell or its employees arising out of its contents. Should specific questions arise, the regulation/standard itself should be reviewed and relied upon, and legal counsel consulted where appropriate, rather than relying upon this summary.

ASTM F1506-18
Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electrical Arc rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Electric Arcs
This is an International Standard Performance Specification.
This performance specification covers the design characteristics and associated test methods that relate specifically to the flame resistance of textile materials used in the fabrication of basic protection level occupational apparel worn by electrical workers who are exposed to momentary electric arc and related thermal hazards such as exposure to open flame and radiant heat. When evaluated in accordance with the test procedures enlisted herein, knit fabrics and woven fabrics of different fabric weights shall conform to individually specified values of the following properties: colorfastness such as laundering shade change, dry-cleaning shade change, and dimensional change; initial flammability characteristics and flammability characteristics after 25 washes/dry-cleaning such as char length and after flame time; and arc testing rating. Knit fabrics shall additionally be tested and adhere accordingly to bursting strength characteristics. Conversely, woven fabrics shall also be tested and adhere accordingly to breaking load, tear resistance, and seam slippage characteristics.
This performance specification identifies minimum performance requirements to determine the (a) arc rating of fabrics, (b) flame resistance of fabrics and subassemblies, (c) mechanical durability of the fabrics and subassemblies, (d) the minimum garment construction and performance requirements, and (e) the garment labeling requirements for the completed protective clothing worn by workers exposed to flames and electric arcs.
The minimum requirements for garment labelling are intended to provide end users with adequate information to select garments with the appropriate arc rating.

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CSA Z462-18
Workplace Electrical Safety
This is a Canadian Standard developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) through a consensus development process approved by the Standards Council of Canada.
This Standard specifies requirements for and provides guidance on safety management systems, safe work procedures, and selection of personal protective equipment and other safety devices for persons exposed to hazards associated with energized electrical equipment. In addition, this Standard sets out criteria for the identification and training of qualified electrical workers and for determination of hazardous work to be performed only by those qualified individuals.
This Standard specifies requirements for workplace electrical safety necessary for the practical safeguarding of workers during activities such as the installation, removal, inspection, operation, maintenance, and demolition of electrical conductors and electrical equipment, as well as work in proximity of energized electrical equipment.
Annex H (informative)
Guidance on selection of protective clothing and other personal protective equipment

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CAN/CGSB-155.20-2017
Workwear for Protection Against Hydrocarbon Flash Fire and Optionally Steam and Hot Fluids
This is a National Standard of Canada
This National Standard of Canada states the minimum requirements and test methods of performance of protective workwear worn for protection against unplanned exposure to hydrocarbon flash fire and optionally steam and hot fluids.
Protective workwear meeting this Standard is intended to provide a degree of protection to the wearer, reduce the severity of injury and not contribute to injury during an exposure to flash fire, steam, or hot fluid. Protective workwear may not be sufficient to completely prevent burn injury.

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CSA Z96-15
High-Visibility Safety Apparel
This is a Canadian Standard developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) through a consensus development process approved by the Standards Council of Canada.
This Standard specifies requirements for occupational apparel that is (a) capable of signaling the user’s presence visually; and (b) intended to provide the user with conspicuity in hazardous situations under any light conditions and under illumination by vehicle headlights.
Performance requirements are included for color, retroreflection, and minimum areas, as well as for the configuration of the materials.  Performance requirements are also provided for the physical properties of background materials used in construction of high-visibility safety apparel. Test methods are provided in the Standard to ensure that a minimum level of visibility is maintained when garments are subjected to ongoing care procedure.

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