Who uses protective garments?
Protective garments are destined to workers of different industries who operate under conditions that expose them to risks. Industries such as: oil and gas, chemical, mining, cement, electric, military, aerospace, automotive and utilities. Companies that wish to save and protect the lives of their collaborators, as well as to comply with health, safety and environment requirements use this Personal Protective Equipment.
What does FR mean?
FR means “flame resistant" or "flame retardant”, and describes a property intended to prevent or slow the development of ignition.
What is the best FR fiber / fabric?
Each technology offers a different value. There is no perfect fabric that covers every risk faced in different environments. Each FR fiber or fabric has certain properties that, depending on the end use requirements may provide an adequate solution for the end user.
What is the difference between industrial garments and protective garments?
Industrial garments are worn by operators not exposed to any type of risk, while protective garments use technology to protect from risks such as: electric arc, flash fire, Hi visibility, light splash of hot metal, splash of molten metals, heat transmission or acids.
What is the difference between inherent and treated technologies?
Inherent technologies are made from fabrics in which the fiber itself is resistant to fire, hence a garment made with this type of technology will never loose its protective properties through use or washing. Treated technologies add a coating over the fabric that sticks to it, thus conferring a flame retardant property which provides protection for the duration of the useful life of the garment.
What is the difference between flame resistant and flame retardant?
None. Both terms refer to a fabric that does not ignite when exposed to flame.
What is ATPV?
Acronym for Arc Thermal Performance Value, it refers to the value given to materials exposed to an electric arc discharge in cal/cm2, the higher the number, the greater the degree of protection.
Is it true that garments made with treated fabrics cannot be washed with bleach, chlorine or sun dried?
It is true. Protective garments made with treated fabrics must not be washed with bleach, hydrogen peroxide or chlorine since repeated washing with these chemicals will destroy the fibers. Garments should not be sun dried since solar exposure diminishes the garment’s color fastness.
Are protective garments resistant to chemicals?
Garments which resist electric arc, flash fire, molten splash or heat transfer do not protect from chemical exposure. Risks must be analyzed separately and a technology determined for each one.
Are protective garments comfortable?
Yes, companies who create innovative technologies have developed comfortable fabrics, which allow for the operator’s optimum performance. Each technology offers a different level of comfort. An end user activity analysis is suggested in order to select the most convenient technology.
Can protective garments be personalized?
Yes they can. Only an authorized manufacturer like Texin should provide this service, since quality standards for personalization materials and processes must be followed to maintain certification and properties of the garments.
Which trims should be used on a garment?
The garment must be fully made with certified trims that comply with norms NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E. Trims include buttons, thread, zippers, and snaps.
What should be done about stains?
Fully eliminating grease, oils and other flammable contaminants from protective garments. They are considered a source of fuel and may reduce thermal performance of any garment.
Should protective garments be laundered in a specialized facility?
Not necessarily. Protective garments may be washed at home.
What should be done to avoid transfer of colors?
Garments should be washed separating light colors from dark ones.
What can be done about hard to remove stains?
A pre wash technique is recommended, where the garment is rubbed with a detergent or a specific pre-wash product. A prolonged time is recommended to achieve the desired effect.
What temperature should garments be washed at?
The lowest temperature setting is recommended, if the garment is lightly soiled. For heavily soiled garments the “hot” temperature setting may be used, up to 75°.
When should a garment be discarded?