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DuPont introduces DuPont™ Tyvek® 800 J limited-use coverall

A+A 2013 marks the market launch of the new Tyvek® 800 J coverall by DuPont, the specialists in innovative body protection. The garment, based on the barrier performance of Tyvek®, uses proprietary technology to combine oil repellency and durable protection against pressurised jets of liquids and water-based chemicals with fabric breathability – an innovation in Type 3 (liquid tight) protection. Commercial availability of the new coverall is scheduled for April 2014.

“Employees involved in industrial cleaning or maintenance operations are frequently required to operate for long periods in humid, uncomfortable and often confined conditions,” explains Chloe Caux-Wetherell, new product leader EMEA at DuPont Protection Technologies. “The protective garments worn by workers can sometimes be associated with the risk of heat stress while carrying out such work, due to the impermeability of the fabric to both air and water. New Tyvek® 800 J offers protection against a range of low-risk chemical hazards and, in addition, is simultaneously comfortable and robust.”

Breathable Type 3 protection

To date, garments made of Tyvek® form an excellent barrier against fine particles and fibres as well as a range of water-based liquids and aerosols. Now, using impervious technology, specific to the new Tyvek® 800 J garment, its barrier performance has been enhanced to achieve Category III, Type 3 liquid tight protection (jet)[1] as well as oil repellency. The coverall, whilst limited-use, is both tough and robust, whilst – similar to all other Tyvek® coverall – being permeable to both air and water vapour for greater wearer comfort. It meets the requirements for protection against biological hazards (EN 14126), protection against radioactive contamination (EN 1073-2) and finally protection against electrostatic discharge (antistatic according to EN 1149-5).

An ergonomic design that adapts to wearer’s movements

Similar to other Tyvek® garments, achieving an ergonomic fit consistent with the shape and movements of the user is at the core of the development of new Tyvek® 800 J. Hood, sleeve, waist and leg design is optimised to achieve a close, protective fit when moving which remains uninhibited by the flexibility and lightness of the fabric itself. Design features of the garment include a chin flap for increased liquid protection and a closer fit when wearing full-face masks, thumb loops to prevent the sleeves from riding up, elasticated openings and distinct orange taping of the garment seams for protection and worker visibility.

Tyvek® 800 J will be commercially available to end-users through authorised distributors from April 2014. To find out more information about the new garment, including further details on its barrier performance, please visit the company’s recently-launched online garment selection tool www.safespec.dupont.co.uk.