New FR Rain Wear! Layer Up your FR for the best industry practices.

New FR Rain Wear! Layer Up your FR for the best industry practices.



Next to skin

Next to skin



Next to skin

Next to skin

Inherent FR

Thermal &


Best industry practices

• Dual Hazard

• Inherent Protection

• Inherent Thermoregulating Action

• High Visibility

Inherent Protection

Inherent flame resistant fabrics use fibers that have flame resistance built into their chemical/natural structures. The actual structure of the fabric itself is not flammable.

The terms “treated” and “surface treated” refer to a manufacturing process whereby a special mixture of chemicals is applied to a flam-mable fabric, such as cotton or cotton/nylon blends, to make the final fabric flame-resistant (FR) and permeable to allow some breathability.

Inherent Thermoregulating action

Polartec® FR was created to give flame resistant fabrics greater efficiency and more dependable breathing properties. Similar “chemically treated” fabrics with an added finish can only provide temporary protection because the ability fades and wears with every wash. Through a patented design, Polartec’s lightweight thermoregulating abilities allow extensive versatility for use in modern workwear designs, which naturally evaporates away moisture for the lifespan of the fabric.

High Visibility

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material is rigorously tested and meets compliance with the industry’s safety standards. Using the right 3M reflective materials for the application is the industry’s best practice, to ensure that the reflective materials will last as long as the garment does. 

Dual Hazard, Protection against Flash Fire & Arc Flashes

For a garment to be Dual hazard it needs to protect against flash fire and arc flash, meeting both the NFPA  2112 standard as well as the NFPA 70E & CSA Z462 standard. This helps to protect workers from multiple hazards and ensures the best overall protection for the worker. 

NFPA 2112, Flash Fire protection

• NFPA 2112 Standard Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire provides the minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation and certification of flame-resistant garments.

• NFPA 2112 UL certification is the best industry practice. UL has become a symbol of trust in the market place as it provides peace of mind when purchasing a product.

NFPA 70E & CSA Z462 Arc Flash Protection

NFPA 70E / CSA Z462 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace provides the minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation and certification of Arc-Rated garments. These standards help to ensure the industry’s best practices.

ANSI 107 - CSA Z96 High Visibility

Standards for high visibility safety apparel provide the minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation and certification of high-visibility garments. Using 3M Reflective material combined with ANSI 107 and CSA Z96 Class 2 and 3 the industry’s best practices.


Importance of the Layering System

Currently, the industry standard for Flame-Resistant apparel does not

require you to wear FR base layers and undergarments, however wearing

these garments during an electric arc or flash fire exposure greatly decreases

your chance of body burn and significantly increases your chance of survival.

These layers provide additional valuable protection for your most important parts!

Wearing base layers also has several performance and comfort enhancing benefits, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on the job. Although FR fabrics and garments have come a long way in the last decade, the extreme environmental conditions where most employees are wearing FR garments has increased the additional demand for better mobility and physical performance. Being weighed down by bulky outerwear or fabrics that do not breathe simply will not cut it. This reality leaves a lot of workers to dangerously alter their FR clothing systems; such as cutting off sleeves, or wearing ineffective lighter garments that do not meet the standards.

These dangerous alterations significantly increase the risk of injury to the

employee. Layering Systems with wicking properties are the best solution to

discomfort and mobility concerns. Layers come in many different weights and

fabrics, each is specialized for a particular environment and application. They

can keep you warm in arctic environments, handle temperature transitions and

help manage the heat in the driest environments. They allow you to quickly

add or remove layers as temperatures change. These layering systems are

customizable to your needs and provide just as much protection as it’s bulkier

counterparts. Cotton and non-FR base layers while inexpensive, have some

considerable downsides.

Importance of avoiding cotton.

Cotton and non-FR base layers while inexpensive, have some serious consequences.

You’ve heard it before. Cotton kills performance! Why is that? Because it absorbs a substantial amount of water. —up to 27 times its weight— and does not rapidly evaporate. Cotton’s limitations can lead to considerable discomfort in warm conditions and its inability to evaporate moisture that can lead to potentially life-threatening hypothermia in cold conditions.

In addition, moisture against the skin can significantly increase possible steam

burn injuries. The latest arc flash test results show that sweat is more dangerous than a hydraulic fluid soaked garment.

Risks of Non-FR fabric & base layers:

  • Melts onto skin and and will continue to burn
  • Cotton against the skin absorbs moisture and holds it, which rapidly wicks away a workers body heat in winter and increases discomfort in summer, leaving them vulnerable to hypothermia and potential steam burns
  • Increases percentage of burn injury
  • Greatly decreases chances of survival

BIG BILL Layering Systems features the Industry’s Best Practices

  • Increases mobility
  • Inherent wicking action
  • Inherent protection
  • Highly breathable and quick drying
  • Comfortable next-to-skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • All Weather proof
  • Inherent High Visibility
  • Peace of mind, assurance of compliance

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