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Benchmark FR User Information Guide


                    
USER INFORMATION GUIDE

A supplement to Benchmark FR brand clothing where the international symbol for “read use instructions before use” is on the label.

PRE-USE INFORMATION:

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS:

Read this user information carefully before carrying out activities that involve certain risks of serious injury or death.  It is your responsibility to be familiar with the provided information so that your Benchmark FR brand protective clothing will provide the intended level of protection. All instructions provided, both below and in the garment label, are intended to familiarize the wearer of the abilities and limitations of the clothing and to minimize harm from a thermal exposure.

  • Benchmark FR clothing protects industrial personnel from the threat of electrical arc flash and short-term duration thermal exposure from flash fire.
  • It is important to know that no garment can eliminate or prevent all risk of burn injury.
  • When worn properly, Benchmark FR clothing can minimize the extent of burn injury.

LIMITATIONS OF USE:

Benchmark FR clothing is constructed from arc and flame-resistant fabric and components. It will resist ignition and will not continue to burn when the ignition source is removed. It is intended to minimize the extent of a burn injury during short term exposure to flame and electrical arc. 

The wearer should try to remove themselves as quickly as possible from the area where the incident has occurred to minimize burn injury.

The clothing must be correctly matched to the risk or threat the wearer may encounter and must be worn with all closures secured closed. 

Benchmark FR clothing is secondary personal protection and is intended to be worn on a continuous basis in environments where incidental exposure to electrical arc, heat and flame is possible.  It is not intended to be worn for fire entry, structural or wildlands firefighting or other activities involving extended exposure to flame or heat.  It is not intended to protect the wearer from physical trauma or burns in the immediate areas of exposure. This garment does not provide personal protection from chemical exposures or molten metal splash.

Only those persons who are properly trained and understand the requirements for use and care of the garment are qualified to wear it. The garment should not be worn until the user has read and understands all warnings and information in this User Information Guide.

Remove and clean if fouled with flammable.

MARKING RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS:

  • The user shall not remove the labels provided on Benchmark FR clothing and accessories.
  • Any additional markings, emblems, trim, or heraldry added by anyone, including but not limited to the end user, laundry or distributor, shall meet the requirements of NFPA 2112.
  • The addition of flammable markings to this garment will negatively impact the flame-resistant properties where applied.
  • The addition of any logos, lettering, emblems, patches, name tags, embroidery, or trim by the user must be constructed of flame-resistant materials and shall be of minimal size.

WARRANTY INFORMATION:

  • Benchmark FR will repair or replace any garment that has a manufacturing defect.
  • Benchmark FR will repair any garment within one year from its ship date. Contact us for assistance.
  • Damage caused by normal wear and tear, misuse, neglect, or obvious abuse of the garment is not covered.
  • No other warranty is made, either expressed or implied, including no guarantee of suitability for a particular use or purpose.
  • Benchmark FR assumes no liability for garments that have had alterations, embroidery, or other ornamentation added to the garment.
  • Since all variations in actual end-use conditions cannot be anticipated, Benchmark FR makes no warranties with any use of this product.

For questions about the warranty of your garment, contact Benchmark FR customer service at:

Phone: 714-360-0663
Email:  wecare@benchmarkfr.com

PREPARATION FOR USE:

SIZING/ADJUSTMENT:

  • The wearer should make sure that the garments fit comfortably and are sized appropriately and maximize the function of the wearer without impeding movement.
  • Significant alternations to the garment are not permitted as they could reduce the protective qualities of the clothing.
  • Complete fit guide here: https://benchmarkfr.com/pages/fit-guide  

RECOMMENDED STORAGE PRACTICES:

  • Do not store flame-resistant garments in direct sunlight. Continued exposure to sunlight can cause fabric deterioration, such as decreased tear strength and color loss.
  • Ensure flame-resistant garments are clean and dry before long-term storage. Wet garments will promote the growth of mold and mildew, which will permanently damage your garments.
  • Ensure storage areas are clean, dry, and well ventilated.
  • Do not store where contamination of the garment may occur.

INSPECTION FREQENCY AND DETAILS:

  • Before each use, inspect the garment for any damage such as rips, tears, cuts, holes, open seams, charring, thin spots, broken closures, soiling, or potential contamination.
  • Confirm all closures are functional.
  • If any component or garment is found to be damaged or missing, remove the garment from service and have it repaired or replaced.

DONNING AND DOFFING PROCEDURES:

  • All flame-resistant garments are worn properly only when all closures are fully secured, sleeves and pant legs are rolled down with cuffs closed to fully cover wrists and ankles, and shirts are fully tucked inside the waistband of pants.

PROPER USE CONSISTENT WITH NFPA 2113:

  • The NFPA 2113 standard provides instructions for selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements for flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel in area at risk of short-duration thermal exposures.
  • Follow the provisions in the NFPA 2113 to promote correct selection of flame-resistant garments, and reduce the risks caused by incorrect maintenance, contamination, or damage.
  • Refer to NFPA 2113 for more detailed information.

MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING:

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS:

  • New flame resistant clothing and accessories should be washed at least once prior to initial use.
  • Secure all closures before washing and drying.
  • Benchmark FR clothing should be laundered frequently to ensure that greases, oils or other flammable contaminants are not present.
  • Machine wash in warm water (maximum of 140ºF / 60ºC) with Permanent Press or Cotton Cycle settings.
  • Use laundry detergent either liquid or soft powder.
  • Tumble dry on low heat (maximum of 160ºF / 71ºC). Do not over-dry.
  • Do not use bleach or detergents containing bleach.
  • Do not use starch, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets.
  • Do not use detergents containing hydrogen peroxide.
  • Do not use lye, tallow, home-made or fat-based soaps.
  • Do not dry in sunlight.
  • Do not expose to open steam.

For more information please visit:  https://benchmarkfr.com/pages/benchmark-fr-care-wash-instructions 

MAINTENANCE CRITERIA AND METHODS OF REPAIR WHERE APPLICABLE:

  • Flame-resistant garments should be clean before undergoing repair work.
  • Have damage repaired only by qualified individuals using original materials. Alternatively, replace the clothing. 
  • Contact Benchmark customer service for help with repairs.

RETIREMENT AND DISPOSAL CRITERIA:

  • The usable service life of Benchmark FR clothing depends on the work environment, frequency of use, and proper maintenance and cleaning of the garment.
  • Arc and flame resistant properties will remain effective regardless of the number of wash and wear cycles.
  • Do not wear damaged or contaminated garments.
  • Garments must be retired from service after significant exposure to heat and flame.
  • Retire damaged or deteriorated garments that can no longer be repaired.
  • Garments that are heavily soiled or stained with flammable substances that cannot be removed by cleaning should be removed from service.
  • Dispose of used garments in accordance with local regulations.
  • Do not give used or retired Benchmark FR clothing to thrift or second-hand stores.

 

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.

benchmark fr fit guide measurement graphic



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

benchmark fr outerwear fit graphic

Outerwear Fit

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

benchmark fr work fit graphic

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.

benchmark fr base layer fit graphic

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.