The Difference Between AR and FR Bulwark Clothing


AR vs. FR Bulwark Clothing

When it comes to staying safe on the job it is important to know which PPE gear is appropriate for your needs. This is especially true when it comes to AR (Arc Flash Rated) and FR (Flame Resistant) Bulwark clothing. When you work in an industry which is prone to open flames, sparks, high temperatures, or electrical hazards, Bulwark AR and FR clothing can help keep you safe and protected.

There are differences between the two types of classification as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association. When an article of clothing is “FR” it means that the garment is able to withstand ignition or can self-extinguish to protect the wearer from flash fire, arc flash, or other hazards. When the NFPA describe clothing that is “AR” rated it means that it has passed testing above and beyond what regular FR clothing fabric has. The AR rated clothing must protect the wearer at least 50% of the time from experiencing a second-degree burn.

Flame Resistant Workwear

We have a large variety of both AR rated and FR treated Bulwark clothing. This includes pants, shirts, coveralls, outerwear, high visibility, and accessories. And many styles of FR clothing come in women’s sizes. The main thing to remember is that all AR clothing is FR but not all FR clothing meets the AR ratings. FR clothing may not always provide the level of protection needed for workers who risk exposure to arc flashes. General industry electricians are the most likely group of workers to need the AR rated clothing. This is crucial in protecting from injury or death. Shop our selection of both AR and FR treated Bulwark clothing to stay protected on the job.