Skin Safe FR

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The Fight Against Dangerous FR Clothing

It seems silly that a company which makes protective clothing would need to explain that it is safe to wear against your skin. However, when words such as rashes, growths, formaldehyde, toxins and heavy metals are used, there probably needs to be some explanation. If you have to worry what you are wearing, why would you wear it in the first place?

When you purchase any item of clothing from Benchmark FR, we guarantee that it is:

  • Sweat Safe
  • Saliva Safe
  • Contains No Toxins
  • Contains No Halogens
  • Non-Allergenic
  • Contains No Heavy Metals
  • Meets International Standards for Formaldehyde

Sweat: Our fabrics are safe to wear directly against your skin. They are non-allergenic and will not react with your skin.

Residue: We voluntarily meet the most stringent international health codes related to formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic and other toxins. From a toxicity perspective, there is virtually no difference between a BenchmarkFR garment and a non-FR, high-end cotton product found at your typical department store.

Formaldehyde: In 1999 Canada declared formaldehyde a toxic substance. In 2011, the US recognized it as a known carcinogen. The EPA considers it one of the top five urgent environmental risks to public health.

Typically, our competitors who use ammonia-cured processes with natural fibers have formaldehyde levels above 700 ppm and use anecdotal evidence to claim they are safe for skin contact.

One domestic mill publishes formaldehyde levels up to 300 ppm. This could not be used as a building product or carpet in a home. A nearly identical amount of formaldehyde was found in trailers that made people sick and led to a class action lawsuit after Hurricane Katrina.

By significant contrast, we keep our levels of free formaldehyde below 75 ppm. This is ensured using a proprietary oxidizing procedure during fabric processing. Lastly, we use independent laboratories to test for formaldehyde levels which exceed the Oeko-Tex standard for wearing apparel.

Neck Rash? Growths? Formaldehyde?

We talked to many workers who have worn arc and flame resistant PPE during their career. Many have problems with rashes and in some cases growths and cancer developing on their necks and forearms; areas which have direct contact with their flame resistant clothing.

Free Formaldehyde Test: If you suspect you are wearing arc and flame resistant garment with high levels of formaldehyde, contact us and we will arrange for you to send your product to a lab for analysis.

Benchmark FR Fit Guide
Step:1

Measure Your Body

Chest

From a standing position, measure the circumference of your upper body at the fullest part of your chest, typically just under the arm pit.

Sleeve

Bend your elbow as shown. Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder, around the elbow and to your wrist.

Waist

Measure around your natural waist where your pants sit most comfortably. Alternatively, you can look at the tag in the pants you are wearing.

Inseam

Remove your shoes and measure from your crotch to your ankle.

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Step:2

COMPARE YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS TO SIZE CHART

Step:3

FIND YOUR SIZE

Men's Pants & Jeans [ Work Fit]

Size W30 W32 W34 W36 W38 W40 W42 W44 W46 W48
Measured Waist, Inches 30-31 1/2 32-33 1/2 34-35 1/2 36-37 1/2 38-39 1/2 40-41 1/2 42-43 1/2 44-45 1/2 46-47 1/2 48-49 1/2
Pant Waist Circumference, Inches 31 1/2 33 1/2 35 1/2 37 1/2 39 1/2 41 1/2 43 1/2 45 1/2 47 1/2 49 1/2
Pant Low Hip Circumference, Inches 41 43 45 47 49 51 53 1/2 55 57 59
Inseam Length All pants are hemmed to length. Specify inseam length or X-Short (28"), Short (30"), Regular(32"), Long (34"), X-Long (36").

Men's Button Up Shirts [Work Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Shirt Chest Circumference, Inches 45 47 49 51 1/2 55 59 63 67
Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches 33 1/2 34 1/2 35 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4
Shirt Back Length, Inches 29 30 31 31 1/2 32 33 33 1/2 33 3/4
Tall Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches     36 1/2 37 1/4 37 1/4      
Tall Shirt Back Length, Inches     32 32 1/2 33      

Men's 2nd Skin Shirt [Base Layer Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Shirt Chest Circumference, Inches 41 1/2 43 1/2 45 1/2 48 51 1/2 55 1/2 59 1/2 63 1/2
Shirt Sleeve Length, Inches 33 3/4 34 1/8 35 1/8 35 3/2 35 3/8 35 3/8 35 3/4 35 3/8
Shirt Back Length, Inches 28 29 30 31 31 31 3/4 31 3/4 32 1/2

Men's Sweatshirts [Work Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Sweatshirt Chest Circumference, Inches 44 46 48 50 54 58 62 64
Sweatshirt Sleeve Length, Inches 34 3/4 35 1/2 36 1/4 37 37 37 37 37
Sweatshirt Back Length, Inches 28 29 29 1/2 30 30 1/4 31 1/2 32 3/2 33

Men's Jackets [Outerwear Fit]

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Measured Chest, Inches 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Jacket Chest Circumference, Inches 48 50 52 54 3/4 58 1/2 62 1/2 66 1/2 70 1/2
Jacket Sleeve Length, Inches 33 1/4 33 1/2 35 35 3/4 35 7/8 35 7/8 36 3/8 36 3/8
*Jacket Back Length, Inches 28 1/4 28 1/4 28 3/4 28 3/4 29 1/4 29 1/4 29 3/4 29 3/4

*Shows Insulated Bomber Jacket (6008FR) length. Add 2" for Insulated Parka (6015FR) Length.

Our Fit Defined

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Outerwear Fit

Can be worn over a base layer, work shirt or combination of both and still provides room for movement.

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Work Fit

Designed to be worn over a base layer or t-shirt. Has extra room around arm pit and chest for ease of mobility. Extra body length ensures shirt stays tucked in.

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Base Layer Fit

Fits like a comfortable t-shirt. Sits closer to the body but is not snug like athletic wear. Extra body length ensures shirt stays tucked in.

Extras:

CUSTOM SIZES & TIPS

If you have a need for custom fitting FR we can help make code compliant and custom clothing to fit.

The easiest way to make your custom size is for you to send us a “like” garment which we measure, create a custom pattern and then manufacture your custom fit FR. By a “like” garment we mean if you want a button up shirt send us your favorite non-FR button up shirt. Within a week we will send back your garment after taking its specifications. A few weeks later three sets of your soon to be favorite FR clothing will arrive at your door!

MEASURING YOUR T-SHIRT-SIZE

In most cases, your t-shirt size will directly correspond to the size of Benchmark FR shirt or outwear you normally wear.

ALREADY WEARING ANOTHER FR BRAND?

We can help! If you are currently wearing another FR brand we can easily determine what Benchmark FR size will fit closest to your garment. Most FR brands vary in fit and sizing may not be consistant between brands. Problem Solved; just tell us what brand and size you are wearing and we can tell you the Benchmark FR size that corresponds directly to that brand. Please call (888) 360-0663.