HR Strange But True!
November 20, 2008

Women go to trendy boutiques to buy “hot” underwear, but if what is “hot” is their work area, they may be going online to buy undies that are considered personal protection equipment (PPE)!

With more women entering careers such as welding, soldering and brazing, and metal cutting, and other laser work where the environment is hazardous, PPE can become an issue, especially if there is a chance for electrical or arc flashes.

For example, welders must wear flame-retardant clothing, high-top boots, and gauntlet-type gloves, as well as heat-resistant goggles or eye protection, which resist heat, fire, impact, and electricity. However, there is a potential for outer PPE to break open when hit, exposing lower layers of clothing to hazards. And, unfortunately, some female undergarments are made of materials that can ignite--or even melt--at high temperatures or if touched by a spark.

The Arc Store says it has a solution, offering “smart women” bras and underpants that are protective. The Arc Store undies are made of fire-tested materials, including a Kevlar ® blend (same as Ove Gloves) and molten metal-shedding CarbonX ® that are NFPA 70E compliant.

Calling the PPE “serious work wear in a soft, silky package,” the undergarments are described as giving “superior comfort and stretch.” They aren't utilitarian-looking, but resemble active wear separates. The cost, however, is quite more than at Victoria 's Secret, with bras at over $100 and “ArcPanties” going for $69.99. Men aren't left out; there are protective ArcBoxers available for $89.99.

Source: The Arc Store

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