February 27, 2017

ASTM F2302 Withdrawn by ASTM

ASTM F2302, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, is no longer an active standard.

At the latest ASTM meeting held early this month in Norfolk, Virginia, the ASTM F23 Technical Committee on Personal Protective Equipment voted to withdraw ASTM F2302.  While the scope of the standard specifically stated that it did not pertain to exposures of high intensity (like an arc flash), it was determined that this specification has been inappropriately used as a standalone to label rainwear/outerwear intended for utilities as FR.

Learn more and read the OH&S post here. 

Note: The appropriate standard for rainwear sold as PPE for those with an arc flash hazard is ASTM F1891, Standard Specification for Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear. If you have questions about standard specifications related to arc flash, contact us.


2 Comments on “ASTM F2302 Withdrawn by ASTM

Jorge Brucher
March 31, 2017 at 11:47 am

Good Morning:

Does the ASTM F2302, withdraw by the ASTM F23 Technical Committee on Personal Protective Equipment, is replaced by other standard or norm?.
If not, labels give no security about the products, if you can fill them with what ever is your convenience.

I stay attempt to your news.

Jorge Brucher M.

Hugh Hoagland
March 31, 2017 at 11:55 am

The standard was never adequate as a stand-alone standard. Many intended to use it for non-melting welding clothing but that didn’t materialize. It was regularly misused for melting coated materials used in rainwear, winterwear and vests. The committee will revisit the standard but it is unlikely to be the same standard. Suspect anything which is labeled to ASTM F2302 alone. Many good products are labeled to ASTM F2302 AND ASTM F1506 and anything which meets NFPA 2112 will also meet ASTM F2302.


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