Industrial Protective Clothing — For a Job Safely Done
When worker’s safety comes first, there’s only one name you need to know for superior industrial protective clothing — DuPont.
Our scientists and technicians have created and rigorously tested the superior materials that help protect against flame and fire, electric arc flash, cut hazards, chemicals, dry particles, lead, asbestos, mold, and hazardous aerosols. And we continue to innovate. Whether you’re in the oil and gas, automotive, chemical, agricultural, food processing, manufacturing, or maintenance businesses, there’s an industry-leading DuPont material suited to the job you need to get done.
Learn more below about each DuPont brand’s role in industrial safety.
Nomex® IIIA flame resistant fabric protection
Fires are unpredictable. A situation can change in an instant. And when that happens, your workers need to be protected — against fire or molten metal splashes. Nomex® IIIA fabric is a blend of 93 percent Nomex® fiber, with 5 percent Kevlar® fiber added for break-open resistance and 2 percent P140 added for improved antistatic performance. Workers wearing garments of Nomex® IIIA benefit from lighter fabric weights that increase comfort and coolness, breathable fabrics that enable air flow to transfer heat away from the body, and wicking that rapidly spread moisture on the fabric surface to increase evaporation and cooling.
Kevlar® brand fiber provides strength at high temperatures, which makes it appropriate for gloves and mittens used in high-heat applications. Kevlar® is inherently flame-resistant, and, unlike nylon, polyester, and polyethylene, will not melt. Automotive, steel, glass, and metal workers as well as welders and foundry employees around the world use gloves and apparel made of Kevlar® fiber.
Tyvek® offers an ideal balance of protection, durability, and comfort to employees in industrial environments including manufacturing, automotive, and utilities.
DuPont™ Tychem® protective clothing has been tested against a broad range of hazardous chemicals to help users determine which fabrics are suitable for their applications. By developing fabrics that pass these tests, DuPont helps protect emergency response personnel and workers in many industries.
Workers in the construction and utilities sector face hazards such as live wires and electrical arc burns every day. Hazardous job tasks may include work on energized parts, including voltage testing, work on control circuits with energized parts, and removal of bolted covers to expose bare, energized parts. Protera® is an excellent fabric for inherent flame resistance to electric arc. It helps minimize break-open and maintains a stable, inert barrier between the fire and skin, helping protect the wearer from direct exposure.
Industrial employees wear Tempro® suits over primary flame resistant protective garments to help protect and preserve the investment in primary reusable flame-resistant garments such as those made of Nomex®.
ProShield® garments are designed for workers in a range of industries for non-hazardous dry particle and light liquid splash applications. ProShield® garments have been optimized for comfort, softness, and breathability.
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DuPont offers an overview of the typical regulation hazard codes and the leading thermal regulations impacting personal protective equipment (PPE).
Brief summary of the US EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) "Level's of Protection (LOP)" as applicable to those individuals involved in handling hazardous materials. LOP's are based on the type of respiratory protection required to ensure the safety of the user under the specified conditions of use.
NFPA 2113 specifies the minimum selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements for flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel in areas at risk from flash fires or short-duration flame exposure that are compliant with NFPA 2112.
NFPA 2112, the standard on flame-resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire, provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel.
NESC® C2 sets best practices and rules to protect utility workers in the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric supply and communication lines and equipment.
The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.
For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.
Review the various cut test methods used by regional and global standards groups to rate the level of cut protection of gloves and other accessories.
To facilitate the choice of mechanical (cut) protective clothing, both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Union (EU) have developed cut standards for selection criteria.
When working in a laboratory environment where exposure to flame is a hazard, flame-resistant garments help to minimize potential burn injury during short-term and emergency exposure to flame in laboratory work.