At DuPont, we’re committed to providing materials for FR PPE that can help provide essential workers with the protection they need to do their jobs safely, while adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The CDC recommends, if facing possible COVID-19 exposure, “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain…especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”*
While many people can simply use surgical and cotton masks for facial protection, essential industrial workers - including those in oil & gas, utilities, and manufacturing - and essential workers - including firefighters and emergency responders - require PPE face masks that can withstand the FR hazards they face on the job. DuPont™ Nomex® in masks won’t melt, drip or burn when exposed to heat or flame, providing these workers with the facial protection they need in an emergency flash fire situation.
When used as face, nose and mouth coverings, balaclavas, gaiters and hoods made with Nomex® may help meet the CDC guidance for wearing masks in environments that require FR protection.
Unlike chemically treated fabrics, Nomex® is inherently flame resistant, providing protection that’s built into the fiber and can’t be washed out or worn away. Nomex® is lightweight, highly durable and low-linting, providing the best balance of comfort and protection.
Watch how masks made with Nomex® compare to non-FR face masks here.
Our trusted partners offer several FR facial protection offerings made with Nomex® Fabric and Nomex® Nano Flex that are available for purchase. Unlike chemically treated fabrics, Nomex® is inherently flame resistant, providing protection that’s built into the fiber and can’t be washed out or worn away. Nomex® is lightweight, highly durable and low-linting, providing the best balance of comfort and protection.
To help emergency responders and industrial workers find the right facial protection, we’ve included a list of partners for selecting FR PPE that protects against a range of hazards. For further assistance from one of our sales representatives, please contact us.
Nomex® Nano Flex is a highly breathable FR material that delivers superior particle barrier performance. Thinner and lighter than other FR materials, Nomex® Nano Flex delivers industry-leading protection without sacrificing comfort. When it comes to performance, Nomex® Nano Flex is trusted and used by firefighters around the world.
Nomex® Fabric provides a tested and proven portfolio of FR solutions that meet or exceed global standards for heat, flame and arc flash protection.
Get the Facts in 2021: FR Face Coverings for Industrial Workers
Hosted on March 16, 2021, our DuPont Personal Protection team provided an update on the latest face mask guidance, face mask selection criteria, and FR face covering standards to consider in the industrial space.
FR Face Masks for Emergency Responders
Firefighters can be sure their faces have the same level of FR protection that the rest of their gear provides with the inherent flame resistance of Nomex®. Sign in to access this premium content.
How do face coverings help in the workplace? How should an employer approach mask selection when additional workplace hazards are identified? Read more about what our experts have to say in this OH&S article.
Thermo-Man® is the world’s most advanced life-size thermal burn evaluation system. Our Thermo-Man® units use state-of-the-art technology to demonstrate the durability and superior flame-resistance Nomex® delivers compared to other FR solutions.
See how flame-resistant garments perform under a variety of test conditions and the predicted burn injury associated with each.