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Preamble This is the addition to the chapter “Work Garments”. Here, we introduce protective garments for specific applications, mainly in the medium and heavy duty range. The styles include garments against acids and chemicals, oil, heat and fire, and nuisance static. The principal manufacturers that we represent in this range have been manufacturing high performance safety garments for many decades and continue to be at the forefront of development and design for the protective clothing industry. Our garment range is continuously updated to keep pace with the changing demands and legislation within the safety market. Each style within this range has been carefully designed and the fabrics selected and tested in order to meet the performance requirements of the wearer. 1.0 Heat Resistant Clothing Heat resistant clothing is mainly to be used in an industrial environment, like steel works, petrochemical plants, etc. These garments are styled to prevent workers from the thermal radiation, light and spark rays, molten metal splash and other hazards encountered in high-heat applications like bake ovens, automatic dryers, cooking, slagging, emergency furnace repair and handling of aluminium alkyds. Basically, the following materials are available: ➤ Aluminised Kevlar Fabric ➤ Aluminised Nomex Fabric ➤ Vacuum-Aluminised Kevlar/Carbon Fabric 1.1 Aluminised Kevlar Fabric For light duty use, in applications where spark resistance combined with limited protection against radiant heat is required. Advantages ➤ Flame and glow resistant through the life span of the garment ➤ Very low specific weight, approx. 280 g/m² ➤ Low cost ➤ Comfortable wear Disadvantage ➤ Limited protection against radiant heat, limited resistance against mechanical wear and tear 1.2 Aluminised Nomex Fabric For medium duty use, in applications requiring both resistance to radiant heat and chemicals. Most materials offered in the market comply with the performance requirements of EN 11612 for industrial applications involving high radiant heat. Advantage ➤ Superior to Kevlar fabric in terms of flame resistance, radiant heat protection and resistance to tearing and abrasion Disadvantage ➤ Higher initial cost than aluminised Kevlar fabric 1.3 Vacuum-Aluminised Kevlar/Carbon Fabric A state-of-the-art product, incorporating the latest technologies in fabric manufacturing. Suitable for extreme heavy duty works. This material complies with EN 11611 and EN 11612, respectively NFPA 2112 – the US standard for flame-resistant garments. Advantage ➤ Superior to both Nomex and Kevlar fabrics in terms of flame resistance, protection against radiant heat and resistance to tearing and abrasion. Relatively low weight, approx. 470 g/m². Disadvantage ➤ Higher initial cost 170

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