There are four main standard organizations that set standards that pertain to work wear safety in North America. These organizations also provide laboratory and real-life test methods to test and verify the performance of products.
Here is a description of the four Standard Organizations that regulate standards for the FR garment industry, plus descriptions for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in the USA.
ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials)
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world...that provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. They develop technical documents that are the basis of manufacturing, management, procurement, codes and regulations for dozens of industry sectors.
for more information about ASTM International.
CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board)
The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is a federal government organization that offers client-centered, comprehensive standards development and conformity assessment services in support of the economic, regulatory, procurement, health, safety and environmental interests of our stakeholders — government, industry and consumers.
for more information about Canadian General Standards Board.
CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace.
As a solution-oriented organization, the CSA works in Canada and around the world to develop standards that address the real needs, such as enhancing public safety and health. Advancing the quality of life. Helping to preserve the environment. Facilitating trade.
The CSA helps people understand standards through education and information products and services. Each year, thousands of people benefit from the training materials, workshops and seminars offered by the CSA Learning Centre.
for more information about Canadian Standards Association.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®)
NFPA® is a global non-profit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA® delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering our mission. NFPA® membership totals more than 60,000 individuals around the world. Their mission is: We help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.
for more information about National Fire Protection Association.
CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
The purpose of this Act is to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working environment by creating a national institute concerned with the study, encouragement and cooperative advancement of occupational health and safety, in whose governing body the interests and concerns of workers, trade unions, employers, federal, provincial and territorial authorities, professional and scientific communities and the general public will be represented.
for more information about Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
OSHA's mission is to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance". The agency is also charged with enforcing a variety of whistleblower statutes and regulations.
for more information about Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
There are many general and industry specific codes, standards and testing methods established that can be used to determine the success or failure of FR garments. The intent of devising product testing and establishing standards is to provide consumers with a way to evaluate the performance of products with impartiality and to determine and to set the grades or levels of performance success that were actually achieved during the test. Generally, complying with the standards is voluntary but it is an excellent idea to use the standards to assure workers that the FR garments they are wearing meet the standards that have been set for safety and performance for flame resistant products.