DuPont Announces Importance of Flame-Resistant Face Coverings made with Nomex® During COVID-19 Pandemic

Article | May, 19 2020
Flame-Resistant Face Coverings made with Nomex® During COVID-19 Pandemic


RICHMOND, Va., May 19, 2020 ─ DuPont Personal Protection today announced that face coverings made with DuPont™ Nomex® may be used along with (FR) garments, such as those made of Nomex®, in response to the protection needs of COVID-19. When used as face, nose and mouth coverings, properly designed masks, balaclavas, gaiters and hoods made with Nomex® may help meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidance on wearing masks in worker environments that also require FR protection.

Nomex® is a trusted FR brand for workers and is inherently flame resistant, providing protection that’s built into the fiber and can’t be washed out or worn away. Lightweight, highly-durable and low-linting, Nomex® provides an ideal balance of comfort and protection. Face coverings made with Nomex® are suitable for use in the utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemical industries, and won’t melt, drip or burn in the event of a flash fire. 


“Specifying a total FR solution with both a Nomex® garment and Nomex® mask is essential to help ensure worker protection. Many masks may meet the CDC’s guidance on face coverings, but don’t offer flame resistance. In fact, some masks may create additional hazards for the wearer because they could melt, drip or burn, causing other dangers. Now, more than ever, it is essential that the recommended PPE match the challenges of the hazards at hand to help keep workers safe.” 

David Domnisch, Global Business Director, DuPont Personal Protection


Combination of flame-resistant (FR) garments and face coverings made with Nomex® provide industrial workers with FR hazard protection while social distancing


DuPont will host a webinar, "Get the Facts: Industrial FR Face Coverings in the COVID-19 Era,” on May 20, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT with DuPont Thermal Apparel Technical Specialist, Allie Fletcher. The webinar will highlight the latest face mask guidance, as well as FR and mask standards to consider for the industrial workforce, along with mask selection criteria considerations and associated resources.

For more information and to register, click here

The DuPont Personal Protection unit of DuPont Safety & Construction remains committed to helping protect those who protect others, especially as we strive to protect the dedicated workers on the front lines fighting COVID-19.

For additional information on facial coverings made with Nomex®, DuPont™ Nomex® FR face coverings for COVID-19 exposure.


About DuPont Safety & Construction

DuPont Safety & Construction is a global leader in delivering innovation for life’s essential needs in water, shelter and safety; enabling its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands including DuPont ™ Corian®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek® GreatStuff™, Sytrofoam™, and FilmTec™. 

For further information contact:

Lori Gettelfinger

Global Marketing Communications Manager

+1 (615) 527-7326


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