FR Clothing Made with Nomex® —Safety, Savings, Comfort
In the oil & gas industry, workers face harsh conditions and serious hazards that are far less common in other industries. Hazards like being exposed to fire, explosion, electric arc or harmful chemicals are part of the working environment.
So whether they are conducting exploration projects in one of the most remote and cold locations of the planet, operating high-tech installations in the middle of the desert, working on an offshore oil platform or processing the finest raw materials for pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers or plastics, oil & gas industry workers must always be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
DuPont™ Nomex® fiber—a revolutionary, inherent heat- and flame-resistant fiber that reacts in a crisis—provides FR safety clothing for the oil and gas industry.
FR clothing made with Nomex® offers proven protection against intense heat and flame, molten metal splashes and chemical splash. For barrier protection against hazardous chemical penetration, specially designed, laminated or coated Nomex® fabrics are available.
And, because the heat and flame resistance is built into the Nomex® fiber—it can’t be washed out or worn away.
Reduced cost of ownership
With large numbers of employees and pressure to protect the bottom line, many oil & gas companies base their FR clothing purchase decisions on initial purchase price—without considering life cycle costs. A decision that can mean spending significantly more in the long run.
FR clothing made with Nomex® has an average lifetime of up to five times greater than FR-treated cotton garments. So despite the higher initial purchase price for FR clothing made with Nomex®, it results in significantly reduced cost of ownership. In fact, on average, the cost per wear of a typical FR garment made with Nomex® is 45% less than its FR-treated cotton counterpart.
Choosing more comfortable FR clothing can help oil & gas companies reduce costs associated with heat-related illnesses and decreased productivity resulting from job stress due to worker discomfort.
FR clothing made with Nomex® features the lowest possible weight at the highest level of protection; breathability for reduced heat stress; and the ability to effectively wick away moisture.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- The Tychem® difference
Nomex® & Thermal Protection Performance Test
The Thermal Protection Performance Test measures the thermal protection level of a fabric.
Nomex® & the Thermo-Man® Test
DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors dressed in test garments and exposed to a flash fire with temperatures rising up to 1,000°C.
- SNCF collaborates with DuPont to develop innovative disposable coveralls to protect railway maintenance workers
In order to optimise the cleaning and disinfection of its workshops, whilst ensuring the comfort and safety of employees, the cooperative dairy company LAÏTA has opted for the new Tyvek® 800 J single-use protective garment.
Comfort and safety in industrial cleaning
In accordance with its safety procedures, S.G.A.-J. Meyer recently called on DuPont to replace all its protective clothing, opting for the new DuPont™ Tyvek® 800 J coverall. In addition to providing protection against pressurised jets of low-concentrated, inorganic chemicals, this garment is greatly appreciated for its “breathability” and versatility.