DuPont Personal Protection today announced that face coverings made with DuPont™ Nomex® may be used along with flame-resistant (FR) garments, such as those made of Nomex®, in response to the protection needs of COVID-19.
While many people can simply use surgical and cotton masks for facial protection, essential industrial workers, including those in oil & gas and manufacturing, 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, 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.
Flame resistant face coverings provide protection for industrial workers
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.
“Masks made with Nomex® help provide enhanced coverage with superior flame resistance,” said David Domnisch, global business director, DuPont Personal Protection. “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 the masks 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.”
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