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Personal Protection in the Petrochemical and Chemical Industry

Personal Protection in the Petrochemical and Chemical Industry

When you work with combustible and unpredictable materials every day, you need a garment with flame-resistant fabric as well as chemical protection.

DuPont understands the hazards you face – the potentially explosive atmospheres, the chemical hazards and flash fires – and we work hard to continually improve our cutting-edge technologies that have kept operators and technicians safe in the industry for years.

DuPont™ Tyvek®

Tyvek® protective garments help offer a barrier against small size solid particles and are resistant to low-level liquid aerosols for use in different sorts of oil and gas industry applications where basic protection is required such as industrial cleaning and maintenance, and land clean-up. They are breathable, lightweight and comfortable, helping make even the dirtiest jobs easier to get through. Tyvek® products have antistatic properties that help prevent accidents in explosive atmospheres.

DuPont™ Tychem®

The Tychem® product range helps offer lightweight protection against hundreds of wet chemicals and acids, starting at low toxic chemicals all the way up to organic hazards. It is designed for oil handling, land decontamination, production plant decommissioning, industrial cleaning and maintenance, tank and oil tanker cleaning, spill clean-up and accident intervention, the gas supply sector, typical chemical industry applications, or where protection against biohazards is required. Tychem® products also have antistatic properties for better safety in explosive zones.

DuPont™ Nomex®

The flame-resistant properties of Nomex® are inherent in the molecular structure of the fibre and not chemically added which means they cannot be washed or worn away. Garments made of Nomex® fibre are comfortable, breathable, and resistant to tears and abrasion. They also offer an excellent return on investment, since the thermal protection is built right in, and will not wear off or wash out over time.

Not only does Nomex® offer inherent flame-resistant properties but most Nomex® solutions also include a permanent antistatic fibre. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can generate sparks with energy levels sufficient to ignite surrounding vapours, aerosols of flammable liquids or dust particles, leading to an explosion. The garment’s antistatic property is therefore fundamental to helping protect workers in such hazardous environments.