In 2009, a UCLA chemistry lab researcher passed away as a result of burns she suffered after a chemical (reactive t-butyl lithium) burst into flames and caught her clothing on fire. It would appear that the use of an FR lab coat could have either prevented, or at least minimized the injury. Click here to read the article.
Thermal hazards exist in workplaces not always associated with arc flash or typical flash fire incidents. It’s important to perform a proper hazard assessment of any workplace where a thermal hazard might be present to help mitigate employee injury and possible OSHA fines.