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DuPont™ Tychem® Accessories: Certified Protection for Those Handling Phytosanitary Products

 

Geneva, Switzerland, October, 2012 - The range of DuPont™ Tychem® C and Tychem® F accessories, available from DuPont Personal Protection, are now certified as partial body Chemical Protective Clothing Category III, Type PB [3].

DuPont™ Tychem® F gown

DuPont™ Tychem® F apron

The newly-certified products include Tychem® F gowns (model PL50) and Tychem® F aprons (model PA30L0) for use in agriculture, preferably in combination with a Type 4, full-body chemical protective coverall, to protect workers handling phytosanitary products.

The phytosanitary risk

The use of phytosanitary products for protection against parasites is an indispensable part of integrated farming, yet they can also constitute a significant health risk to those who handle them.

The risk of contamination is especially high among individuals directly exposed to such products during the preparation or application of spray mixtures, the emptying and cleaning of equipment, or in the event of a spray malfunction.

Authorities’ advice on the appropriate measures to take to prevent risks of exposure includes:

•           Selecting the least damaging phytosanitary product available and the most appropriate for achieving the expected result (fungicide, repellent, insecticide etc.).

•           Checking and reading the labelling and the safety data for the product being used, notably the sections on precautions for use and storage.

•           Systematically wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when preparing the treatment (gloves, goggles, mask, waterproof or chemical permeation resistant coveralls, boots, etc.).

The protective solution from DuPont

For protection during limited exposures to phytosanitary products, DuPont recommends the combination of a type 4 protective suit, such as that delivered by the Tyvek® Classic Plus coveralls, combined with a Tychem® F apron or Tychem® F gown. The Tychem® F accessories serve to protect certain body parts from contamination that may be exposed to the liquid hazard, where it is needed most. A risk assessment must be conducted to ensure partial body protection is sufficient for the nature of the exposure and that the chemical permeation barrier of the fabric and/or seams is sufficient for the product.

These accessories deliver the optimum balance between protection and comfort for the most exposed body parts. Tychem® F is a material used for chemical protective clothing, conforming to EN 14605 (Partial Body Type 3), that offers chemical protection against many organic and highly concentrated inorganic chemicals under pressure, abrasion-resistance and comfort.

The accessories are intentionally designed for single-use to provide wearers the maximum in protection each time they are exposed. This is in contrast to long-term coveralls, made from cotton or polyester that, despite having the benefit of being reusable after washing, can possibly lose their protection efficiency overtime. The DuPont accessories are also specifically designed for both indoor and outdoor use, ensuring reliable protection in sudden gusts of wind, etc.

Beyond agriculture

The newly-certified Tychem® C and F protective accessories, when used in combination with chemical protective clothing, can offer enhanced protection of those body parts that are more exposed to hazardous substances in a range of applications. They are ideal for use in laboratories, the chemical, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries, paint shops and also in some clean-room environments and include close fitting sleeves, standard aprons, sleeved aprons with back fastening (in the style of operating theatre gowns), and boot covers with slip-retardant soles.