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OSHA-Compliant Flame-Resistant Workwear: Are You Outfitting Your Workers Correctly?


11/21/14 12:00 pm to 11/21/14 1:00 pm CST

Event Description

Watch the archived presentation below.

Flame-resistant workwear is not just important for employees across a multitude of sectors – it’s essential to their safety. Knowing how to outfit your workers in protective garments increases their escape time from flash fires, minimizes burn injuries and increases their likelihood for survival. Providing FR clothing also demonstrates management’s commitment to safety and employee well-being.

Also important for companies is how to stay – and remain – OSHA compliant. Not complying with OSHA laws can leave your company open to fines and possible litigation from other sources, and OSHA can cite employers for not providing protective equipment, which includes FR clothing.

What you’ll learn:

  • The hazards of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter
  • How Dickies, the leading global workwear maker, is carefully constructing premium garments that meet or exceed safety standards
  • How to stay OSHA compliant


Ed Foulke, Former head of OSHA and Dickies FR spokesperson

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Foulke is co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, he was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. Foulke served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. He is the only person in the country to have held both these positions.

Foulke’s practice includes workplace safety compliance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 22 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA. Additionally, his practice covers defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety cases, including OSHA citations, and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in legislative and regulatory matters. Foulke has represented employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests.

For approximately thirty years, Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues. In 2010, 2011 and again in 2012-13 he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine, as well as being named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine in 2008. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues and one of the top speakers and writers in this area.

Mark Saner, Technical Manager, Workrite Uniform Co.

Mark Saner is the Technical Manager for Workrite Uniform Company. He has more than 35 years of experience in the fire and safety industry. He is a member of ASTM International serving on committees F18 “Electrical Protective Equipment”, F 23 “Protective Clothing” and D13 “Textiles.” Saner is also a member of NFPA where he is a member of NFPA 2112 “Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire,” and NFPA 2113 “Standard on Selection, Care, Use and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.” He also participates with NFPA 70E “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” NFPA 1975 “Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Fire and Emergency Services,” and NFPA 654 “Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions.”


Kyle W. Morrison, Senior Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine

Kyle W. Morrison, Senior Associate Editor, covers occupational safety and workplace safety regulation for Safety+Health magazine.

Information has been provided by the sponsoring company.