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Proper Gowning Procedure for Cleanroom & Controlled Environments

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Apr 23, 2018 10:08:00 AM

Lakeland_ghost_cut_PPFrom manufacturing to gowning, every stage of your disposable cleanroom garments’ lifespan requires the utmost care and quality assurance. It won’t matter how many precautions you’ve taken if your garment gets contaminated minutes before you enter your cleanroom.

This is why proper gowning processes are so important. Learning the proper donning and doffing procedures for your disposable cleanroom garments will safeguard your cleanroom or controlled environment against contamination.

Understanding the Cleanroom Gowning Process

The cleanroom gowning process really starts at home. Cleanroom operators must come to work clean, this means:

  • Showered
  • Shaved
  • Teeth brushed
  • Minimal skin moisturizers (non-silicone)
  • No perfume, after shave, makeup

Controlling for these potential excursion factors sets up your controlled environment for success. In addition to proper hygiene before employees arrive at work, there are specific gowning protocols and procedures that must be followed.

The information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. Individual site protocols and procedures should be followed at all times.

Aseptic Gowning Donning Guide

Download your free PDF Aseptic Gowning / Donning Guide here.

  • Good Hygiene should be maintained prior to coming to work.
  • Remove all jewelry and personal items.
  1. Don bouffant cap, be sure all hair is contained and ears are covered.
  2. Don disposable shoe covers making sure entire surface of street shoe is contained.
  3. Wash or sanitize hands. Make sure they dry completely.
  4. Don first pair of sterile gloves without touching outside surface area of glove.
  5. Sanitize gloves – this should be done after each step in the gowning process.
  6. Don Hood – use ties to ensure proper fit.
  7. Don Mask – adjust for proper fit (no gaps).
  8. Don Coverall with approved aseptic technique. Touch only the inside of the coverall, do not let coverall touch operator, floor or any surface.
  9. Don first boot cover with approved aseptic technique, then place first donned boot onto “clean side” of gowning area. Repeat.
  10. Don Goggles – adjust for sealed fit.
  11. Second Pair of Sterile Gloves, completely covering the first pair.
  12. Do final check in mirror prior to entering sterile cleanroom.

Non-Aseptic Gowning Donning Guide

Download your free PDF Non-Aseptic Gowning / Donning Guide here.

  • Good Hygiene should be maintained prior to coming to work.
  • Remove all jewelry and personal items.
  1. Don bouffant cap, be sure all hair is contained and ears are covered.
  2. Don disposable shoe covers making sure entire surface of street shoe is contained.
  3. Wash or sanitize hands. Make sure they dry completely.
  4. Don a pair of sterile gloves without touching outside surface area of glove.
  5. Sanitize gloves – this should be done after each step in the gowning process.
  6. Don Hood – use ties to ensure proper fit.
  7. Don Mask – adjust for proper fit (no gaps).
  8. Don Coverall with approved aseptic technique. Touch only the inside of the coverall, do not let coverall touch operator, floor or any surface.
  9. Don Goggles – adjust for sealed fit.
  10. Do final check in mirror prior to entering sterile cleanroom.

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your application and environment. Your free download also includes a bonus: printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides.

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Why Packaging Matters for Cleanroom Apparel and Safe Donning

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Apr 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

cleanroom-blog-2How a cleanroom garment is packaged is critical for the safety and integrity of your people and your controlled environment. It’s not enough to have a clean and sterile manufacturing process, the packaging process must also be designed to:

  • Reduce excursions
  • Decrease gowning time and error
  • Safeguard against contamination

It is critical that the packaging must not contribute to the particle load on the garment. Here are a few key things you should consider in regards to packaging as you re-evaluate your garment supplier.

Cleanroom Garment Packaging Designed to Reduce Excursions

Reducing excursions is your top priority and having a garment manufacturer that designs the garments and packaging to help you do so is essential for your success.

Lakeland CleanMax™ products are packaged to ensure maximum garment protection.

  • Each package includes an easy open strip allowing for less handling when removing the garment from packaging during the donning process.
  • All Coveralls are folded and left unzipped to allow for easier donning.
  • All garments are individually packaged without excessive wrinkling and to maintain cleanliness.
  • The packaging can be wiped down with IPA without the fear of the print smearing or creating cross contamination.
  • All individually packaged garments are placed in a sealed heavy-duty outer bag to protect the integrity of the garment and to facilitate staged entry into the gown room cleanroom.
  • The coveralls and frocks are positioned so wearers can only grab the inside of the garment, right below the collar area. This eliminates any contamination on the exterior surface.
  • As the garment is pulled out of the packaging, the folded garment will fall easily, ready for the next step in the donning process.
  • The bib on the hood is folded over so wearers can remove the hood from the package and don by touching only the inside of the garment.
  • Boots are packaged in pairs with the upper of the boot folded over so the wearer can grab the boot by the inside of the upper to easily slide over shoes and up the calf.

Protect your cleanroom and/or controlled environment, your product and your people with packaging and garments designed to minimize excursions and contamination

There is an important difference between ‘sterile’ and ‘clean and sterile’ garments, click to learn more.

Sterility Indicator Dot

Packaging equipped with an adhesive indicator dot to validate exposure to gamma radiation means your team can be confident in your cleanroom apparel, right from the start.

  • Lakeland CleanMax™ Sterile provides customers with individually wrapped garments featuring an expiration date and a self-adhesive, non toxic indicator sticker that changes from yellow to red upon exposure to a validated dose of gamma irradiation.

When each box and individual package comes equipped with a date of irradiation and sterility indicator, it improves efficiency and convenience, allowing your team to quickly assess garment sterility and begin the gowning process.

Easy-Access to Sterility Chain of Custody

With your busy schedule, accessing your sterility chain of custody shouldn’t be a hassle. On every Lakeland garment package, a QR code quickly takes you to our custom website database which will allow you to view, print and document your sterility certificates.

Not only should you insist on clean-manufactured garments for your controlled environment, it should be easy for you to see the data supporting the sterility of your garments.

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to find the right garment to help your team reduce excursions and protect the cleanroom process and product.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your application and environment. Your free download also includes a bonus: printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides.

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Webinar: How to Prevent Contaminants from Entering Your Cleanrooms

Posted by Amy Zielenski

Apr 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

What outside elements are your employees bringing into your cleanroom and controlled environments? There are no limits on the activities we as humans engage in daily that could carry detrimental consequences to keeping your contaminant sensitive cleanroom environments and processes particle free.

Lakeland’s FREE webinar below reviews simple steps you can take to limit the risk of contamination and unnecessary excursions in your cleanroom / controlled environment.

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Trying to find the right disposable garments for your application and environment? Download a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about disposable cleanroom garment selection.

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Goat Yoga in Your Cleanroom? Sounds ridiculous, but you never really know what outside elements your employees are bringing into your cleanroom and controlled environments. In fact, the number one source of contamination in cleanrooms are the humans that work within them. A good cleanroom protocol will begin at home, with guidelines on personal hygiene along with the products the employees should and should not use prior to coming to work. However, there are no limits on the activities we as humans engage in daily that could carry detrimental consequences to keeping your contaminate sensitive cleanroom environments and processes particle free.

Whether it’s goat yoga, mowing the lawn, vacuuming, grabbing that crueler on the drive to work, or scooping out Mr. Jingle’s litter box; we generate and retain particles as a matter of course as we go through our daily lives. We are not even considering naturally occurring microbes on us, body fluids, dead skin cells, or the seriously heavy particle generators like smoking, make up and spray tans. Keeping your cleanrooms free of microscopic contaminants is an on-going battle. While controlling and monitoring every single cleanroom employee’s habits and behaviors outside of the cleanroom is impossible.

Download a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about disposable cleanroom garment selection, now.

Lakeland Industries has been an international leader in the protective apparel industry for over 30 years. Now, Lakeland is working to protect both your employees and your cleanrooms with CleanMax™ Clean Manufactured Cleanroom Apparel. CleanMax™ is a light-weight, comfortable material that has a 99.9% bacterial filtration efficiency and 99.9% particle filtration efficiency. CleanMax™ is specially constructed with bound seams so there is considerably less break through than from a garment with typical surged seams. The bound seams also add extra durability and protect the performance integrity of the garment itself. CleanMax™ is resistant to blood and body fluid penetration, resistant to viral penetration and resistant to blood borne pathogens. It also offers protection from chemical penetration as it is resistant to oils, bleach and 50% sodium hydroxide. CleanMax™ cleanroom apparel protects both your employees as well as your cleanrooms and controlled environments.

The bound seams, along with the clean manufacturing process ensure the garments do not have a heavy particle load on them when taken out of the package. CleanMax™ garments are constructed so that they do not inherently harbor particulates. From the material itself having a smoother surface, to the bound seams eliminating shedding from raw edges, to the fold process that encourages less wrinkling Lakeland’s CleanMax™ is working with you to prevent contaminates from entering your cleanrooms and controlled environments.

Lakeland Industries realizes that most excursions on cleanroom apparel occur during the gowning process. Aseptic donning of a garment is a daunting task that takes time to master. We developed our fold and the garment’s orientation in the package with the end-user in mind. Put the odds of a successful gowning qualification in your employees reach with CleanMax™CleanMax™ garments are folded in such a way that when the employee reaches in the package they will touch the inside surface of the garment. On CleanMax™ coveralls, the bottom of the legs are folded over, because we recognize that larger sizes do not always mean taller people. Finally, we’ve oriented the placement of each CleanMax™ garment in our packages so that the garment can be taken out and donned with minimal handling.

So don’t worry if the crazy cat person just gave you a hug before you entered the cleanroom. Just follow proper gowning protocol and reach for CleanMax™ Cleanroom Apparel because we’ve got you covered.

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your application and environment. Your free download also includes a bonus: printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides.

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How to Select the Right Apparel for Your Cleanroom Classification

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Mar 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When you’re tasked with protecting your controlled environment, encapsulating the operator to effectively protect the process and the product is critical.

blog-cleanroomClean manufactured garments are an essential tool to meet the strict cleanroom requirements of the pharmaceutical, biotech, life sciences, medical device, nanotechnology, microelectronics and industries utilizing controlled environments. As you look for the right garment for your cleanroom/controlled environment, there are many quality factors to consider, including:

  • Cleanroom designation, application and classification
  • Manufacturing and sterility data support
  • Product availability and accessibility
  • Product features and benefits
  • Level of customer support

Reviewing these categories in detail with your manufacturer can help you determine if their cleanroom products are appropriate to meet your unique needs.

Understanding Your Cleanroom Classifications

Sterilization Level

Sterilization is a process that is used to destroy viable forms of microbial life including, but not limited to: bacteria, viruses, mold, yeast, and algae to an acceptable sterility assurance level (SAL).

For example, Lakeland CleanMax™ garments with a SAL of 10-⁶ means that there is a one-in-a-million chance that a microorganism will remain after the sterilization process is complete.

Personal Protective Equipment Categories

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures that employers supply employees with the appropriate protection from environmental hazards. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to protect the full body, head, eyes and breathing from exposure to chemical penetration. The right level of protection depends on the level of exposure in the working environment.

Lakeland CleanMax™ offers CE 0321 PPE Cat 3 Type 5 & 6 certification, which means:

  • Type 5: Protection against hazardous dry particles
  • Type 6: Protection against hazardous liquid spray chemicals

ISO Classifications

Cleanrooms are classified by the International Standards Organization (ISO) according to the number and size of particles permitted per volume of air.

  • Lakeland CleanMax™ is ready for use in ISO Class 4 - 8 Cleanrooms

IEST-RP-CC003 Category I Particle Cleanliness

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST) recently published a revision to "Garment Considerations for Cleanrooms and Other Controlled Environments”. Document IEST-RP-CC003.4 outlines all aspects of cleanroom garment systems including the recommended components and construction of cleanroom garments. It is important to ensure that your garment manufacturer is audited for compliance to IEST-RP-CC003.4.

How is Your Cleanroom Garment Manufactured?

Do you know the manufacturing process of your cleanroom garment? If you don’t, now is the time to ask. There is an important difference between ‘sterile’ and ‘clean and sterile’ garments.

  • A ‘clean and sterile’ garment is both sterile and clean manufactured, which means the garment is sewn and constructed in a controlled, clean-manufacturing environment.
  • A clean-manufacturing facility ensures that operators are not adding any particulates to garments during the construction process.

Manufacturing and Sterility Data Support

cleanmax-QRcodeNot only should you insist on clean-manufactured garments for your controlled environment, it should be easy for you to see the data supporting the sterility of your garments.

At Lakeland, we make it easy for you to see and access the chain of custody for garment sterility. In fact, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Locate the QR code for you garment (it can be found on the garment tag, the individual package and on the box used for shipping.)
  2. Scan the QR code to access the Lakeland website database.
  3. View and print your sterility certificate as needed.

When you choose Lakeland CleanMax™ apparel, we make it easy for you to access and print sterility certification.

Look for the Red Indicator Dot of Sterility

Quickly assess the sterility of your garments with a gamma indicator dot, which acts as a visual indication that the product has been exposed to gamma radiation. Lakeland CleanMax™ Sterile offers individually wrapped garments with an expiration date and a self-adhesive, non toxic indicator sticker that changes from yellow to red upon exposure to a validated dose of gamma irradiation.

Moreover, each case is also equipped with a date of irradiation and a sterility indicator to ensure that upon arrival, your garments meet the necessary sterility requirements for your cleanroom classification.

Quick Selection Guide : Who Should Use CleanMax™?

Confidence in your cleanroom starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs. Part of the benefit of working with Lakeland is ongoing access to our team of cleanroom industry experts. In just a few minutes, we will work with you to determine the type of garment required for your application and environment, and discuss how we can help you protect your team effectively with clean-manufactured garments.

Applications for CleanMax™ Cleanroom Apparel

CleanMax™ Clean Sterile

  • Aseptic or Terminally Sterile Cleanroom Environments
  • ISO Class 4-8 Cleanroom
  • Sterility assurance level of 10-6 SAL per ANSI/AAMI ISO1137:2006 (R2011)

CleanMax™ Clean Manufactured

  • ISO Class 4-8 or Below Non-Aseptic Cleanrooms or Controlled Environments

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Looking for more information? We’ve created a free comprehensive guide intended to be your go-to educational resource when it comes to choosing the best apparel for your application. From manufacturing to packaging and donning -- every detail matters for your controlled environment.

Why Partner with Lakeland Industries?

Lakeland CleanMax™ garments provide the comfort, quality and protection you expect, all backed by our 30+ years as a manufacturer of disposable protective apparel.

Availability is Essential

Product availability is critical for your controlled environment. Losing valuable production hours because you lack cleanroom apparel is not an option. Our team at Lakeland and our network of exceptional distributors will help you find the right garment for your application and ensure you get your order when you need it with our inventory management program.

Customer Service is Our Strength

At Lakeland, superior customer service is one of our biggest strengths. With a small, highly trained team dedicated customer satisfaction, we are always ready to assist. Whether it is pairing the right customer with the right distributors, obtaining technical data for audits, or securing sterility certificates, our team at Lakeland will work directly with you to meet your needs. Moreover, we are ready to help you protect your people and your environment if your product or garment needs change over time.

At Lakeland, we are here to support your team and to help you feel secure in your investment to protect your people, your controlled environment and your product.

Your cleanroom classification requires you to meet ISO14644 and IEST recommended practices, but have you thought about the particle count and excursions on your cleanroom garments as a result of the manufacturing process? The primary objective of cleanroom gowning is to eliminate contamination risks. Are you positive your cleanroom garments are not introducing more contaminants?

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs. Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your your application and environment. It also includes a free bonus: free, printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides!

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CleanMax™ : The Next Generation of Cleanroom Disposables

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Mar 19, 2018 10:09:00 AM

Lakeland Industries has spent over 30 years being an industry leader protecting people in the workplace and now we’ve extended our expertise to protect both your people and your cleanroom and/or controlled environment. CleanMax™ is a high quality microporous laminate material that is lightweight and breathable but is impervious to liquids, harsh chemicals and microorganisms.

Both CleanMax™ Clean Manufactured and CleanMax™ Sterile meet IEST-RP-C003 Category I particulate cleanliness standards and are ready for immediate use in ISO Class 4 – 8 Cleanrooms. All sterile garments are gamma radiation sterilized to a level of 10⁶ SAL . These garments provide excellent comfort as well as protection, so you can easily don and doff your garments to reduce excursions and risk of contamination.

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The Features and Benefits of CleanMax™

Cleanroom disposables are not created equal, take a closer look at the features and benefits offered by CleanMax™:

  • Clean manufactured garments. Our garments are clean manufactured, which means they offer significantly less particle counts in contrast to garments that are not clean manufactured.
  • All bound seams. CleanMax™ garments feature bound seams, which are precisely sewn with an additional outer binding. This increases seam strength, provides a better barrier from breakthrough and protection from strikethrough than simple serged seams.
  • Folded for easier donning. Our garments are folded to minimize excursions during donning and doffing; as a bonus it also prevents surface contamination on the garment.
  • Less wrinkles, mean less excursions. Garments are individually packaged and expertly folded to prevent excessive wrinkling and the potential for increased excursions.
  • Smooth surface area prevents particles from sticking. CleanMax™ garments are smoother than other leading brands, which means particulates are less likely to linger on the garment surface.
  • Smooth storm flap for added level of protection. There are very few disposable cleanroom garments have the added protection of a placket storm flap. Your employees will be better protected with less potential particulate breakthrough on the zipper of the gown.
  • No pre-washing required. The clean manufacturing process we use means our garments are not required to undergo a laundry process, which can cause excessive wrinkling, creasing and can even compromise the integrity of the garment.
  • Thumb loops. Elastic wrists with thumb loops help secure the coveralls and frocks in place to prevent the potential exposure of skin while worn during normal activities.
  • Resistance to blood borne pathogens and more. CleanMax™ offers resistance to blood and body fluid penetration, viral penetration and blood borne pathogens.
  • Chemical penetration resistance. CleanMax™ offers chemical penetration resistance to oils, bleach and 50 percent sodium hydroxide.
  • Cuffed ankle allows for six inches of freedom. Expertly designed to reduce surface contamination during the donning process, the cuffed ankle provides six inches of freedom when you are stepping into the gown.

What garment features are you looking for in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment? We appreciate your feedback in the comments below!

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your your application and environment. It also includes a free bonus: free, printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides!

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Clean vs Sterile Manufacturing: Why it Matters for Your Cleanroom Apparel

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Mar 12, 2018 10:21:00 AM

cleanroom.jpgProtecting your people, your product and your controlled environment is your top priority, but how confident are you that your cleanroom garments are not introducing more contaminants?

Believe it or not, depending on the manufacturing process used, it is possible that your cleanroom garments are not particle-free -- just because something is sterile, doesn't mean it’s free from contaminants.

Understanding the difference between clean manufactured sterile garments and industrially manufactured sterile garments is critical as you determine which cleanroom garment is appropriate for your needs.

Clean Versus Sterile Cleanroom Apparel

What is a Sterile Cleanroom Garment?

A ‘sterile’ garment can be manufactured in any type of facility. Once the garment is completed, it simply undergoes a sterilization process. What is important to consider however, is that in many cases, sterile cleanroom garments are not clean-processed. As a result, the garments have a heavy particle load on the surface and can introduce foreign particles into your controlled environment.

Looking for more information on particle contamination and why it matters? Download a free comprehensive guide now.

What is a ‘Clean and Sterile’ Garment?

A ‘clean and sterile’ garment is both sterile and clean manufactured. This means the garment is sewn and constructed in a controlled, clean-manufacturing environment. A clean-manufacturing facility ensures that:

  • All of the assembly operators are trained in good cleanroom hygiene and clean manufacturing principles.
  • Each employee is gowned in the class appropriate cleanroom apparel.
  • Work surfaces are disinfected and wiped clean at predetermined intervals throughout production.
  • Once the production lot is completed it undergoes a validated radiation dose to achieve sterilization.

Most importantly, a clean-manufacturing facility ensures that operators are not adding any particulates onto the garments during the construction and manufacturing process.

Ask About the Manufacturing Process

When safety is your top priority, don’t be afraid to ask for the data behind the cleanroom garments you purchase. Cleanrooms are classified by the International Standards Organization (ISO) according to the number and size of particles permitted per volume of air. Request documentation on the manufacturing facility ISO class and on the manufacturing process of your cleanroom garments.

Questions like:

  • What is the ISO classification of your current cleanroom garment manufacturing facility?
  • Are your cleanroom garments clean-manufactured?
  • What type of sterilization process do the garments undergo?
  • How are the garments packaged to reduce excursions?

When you have the choice, you should insist on clean-manufactured garments for your controlled environment. Your cleanroom garment manufacturer should do everything they can to reduce the risk of foreign particle contamination, and that starts with a clean-manufacturing process.

Trying to select the best cleanroom and/or controlled environment apparel for your application? What factors are important to you?

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your application and environment. Your free download also includes a bonus: printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides!

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Disposable Cleanroom Garments Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Mar 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM

From clean garment manufacturing, to packaging and overall performance, there are many quality factors to consider as you select the right disposable garments for your cleanroom and/or controlled environment.

coverYour company is not only responsible for the welfare of your employees, but also for protecting your cleanrooms/ controlled environments and your products from potential contamination and harmful excursions.

At Lakeland, we have a reputation for creating industry-leading protective apparel. Now, we are proud to bring that expertise to cleanrooms and controlled environments.

We’ve created a free comprehensive guide intended to be your go-to educational resource when it comes to choosing the best cleanroom and/or controlled environment apparel for your application.

From manufacturing to packaging and donning -- every detail matters for your controlled environment. This free eBook guide includes detailed information on:

  • Clean versus sterile manufacturing and why it matters to you
  • Manufacturing and sterility data support
  • Packaging to reduce excursions
  • A step-by-step aseptic donning guide
  • How to choose non-sterile disposables
  • And more …

Download guide now.

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs. Get started now with our comprehensive guide, and stay tuned to our blog for regular updates on how to protect your team and your controlled environment.

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Staying Warm in FR Apparel? Wicking and Air Circulation Can Help

Posted by mjschoonover@lakeland.com

Feb 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

FR-apparel-winter-lineman-stay-warm.jpgKeeping your team safe in outdoor work environments is your top priority, but knowing exactly how to achieve optimal safety, especially when you are battling winter weather, can be multifaceted and complex. You are tasked with finding comfortable duel certified FR apparel, but also, ensuring that as layers are added in extreme weather conditions, safety is never compromised.

As you layer your protective clothing, appropriate air circulation is essential to promote moisture wicking and to allow for proper ventilation.

Remaining cognizant of proper air circulation and ventilation may get overlooked in the quest for warmth and dryness outdoors. Here’s the science behind circulation and why you’ll want to rethink how you layer up your team.

What Is Moisture Transport?

Moisture transport refers to a garments ability to move moisture through the fabric to the outer surface. Combined with a high spread of moisture, which measures how quickly moisture spreads and dissipates on the surface, you can evaluate the effectiveness of your garment’s moisture wicking capabilities.

As you think about layering, it is essential to consider how your layers will work together to keep you feeling dry and warm. As one layer passes moisture through the fibers, the next layer must also offer moisture wicking capabilities to keep the transport of moisture going, from layer to layer, to spread on the outer surface.

moisture-wicking-FR-apparel-utility-workerThe combination of wicking, transport and spreading forces working together through your apparel layers is what will keep you feeling warm, dry and comfortable in variable weaher. Look for manufacturers who are designing layering pieces to work together and maximize moisture wicking, transport and overall protection.

Looking for more information on how to layer strategically for warmth? Download an educational eBook on layering system selection now.

 

How Air Circulation Keeps You Warm

Air movement is required to continually transport moisture through your apparel and keep you feeling warm, dry and protected. The circulation of air within a layering system is critical to allow for the removal of moisture from one layer to the next.

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  • Air must be able to circulate from base layer to outer layer to
 increase moisture transport and water vapor transmission rate.

  • Air pockets between layers act as insulation in cold weather, so allowing air to access your layers can actually help promote warmth and comfort.




  • Breathable fabrics with permanent moisture wicking capabilities in every single layer encourage moisture transport, wicking and ventilation and can help keep your team safe and protected outdoors. 

 

 

How to Layer Apparel with Air Circulation In Mind

Layer One: Moisture Wicking

As you think about your cold weather laying system, your base layer should have permanent moisture wicking capabilities to pull moisture away from your skin. As air circulates, it should keep your skin feeling dry and protected.

Layer Two: Insulating

Your second layer should also be constructed of moisture wicking fibers, but it must also act as an insulating layer. A superior insulating layer offers breathable fibers that help contain your own body heat with wicking fibers to keep you feeling dry. Your insulating layer should be made of a thicker, comfortable material that offers moisture wicking and also, transfers moisture away from the base layer.  

Each layer that is added to a base layer should efficiently absorb and transport moisture, working with the surrounding garment layers to keep you feeling dry on the job.

Layer Three: Protection

It is critical that your outer layer offers wind and rain resistance to help you battle the elements, but in addition, it must also offer breathability to keep air circulating through your layering system. Lakeland’s strategically designed outer jacket, for example, offers a cuffed sleeve on the outer jacket (instead of a ribbed sleeve cap), which allows air to flow through the layering system, promoting circulation, wicking and ventilation. 



Remember, layering is not just about adding warmth -- layering should be strategic to keep you dry, warm and protected, all while maximizing your mobility on the job. The effectiveness of your layering system is eliminated in the absence of moisture wicking fabrics, leaving you feeling damp, cold and not focused on the task in front of you.

Designed by linemen for linemen, Lakeland FR high performance combines superior moisture wicking fibers, style and functionality. Only Lakeland offers a layering system with permanent moisture wicking technology in every single layer. From base layer to button up shirt, hoodie to outer jacket, Lakeland’s layering system offers moisture wicking technology that will never wear out, wash out, or stop performing for you. Download the eBook now.

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How to Effectively Layer FR Apparel in Cold Weather

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Feb 15, 2018 12:34:02 PM

There is no room for nonessential weight when it comes to your daily work attire. Not only are you concerned about maintaining your flash fire and arc flash protection, you also hope to stay dry, warm and comfortable as the weather fluctuates over the course of the day.

Selecting a FR layering system designed specifically to pull moisture away from your body, layer by layer, is essential so you can focus on the job at hand, not your clothing.

Lakeland’s newest high performance flame resistant apparel is made with a combination of fibers that ensure permanent moisture wicking for the entire life of the garment. We’ve mastered the balance of fiber blends to ensure that safety on the job is the first priority.

The Ultimate FR Layering System

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Only Lakeland offers a layering system with permanent moisture wicking technology in every single layer. From base layer to button up shirt, hoodie to outer jacket, Lakeland’s layering system offers moisture wicking technology that will never wear out, wash out, or stop performing for you. 

All of our layers offer the following benefits:

  • Built to move. Each component of the layering system is built with added stretch, so it is designed to move as freely as you do.
  • A beveled tail for warmth. Designed with a longer, swooping backside, your midsection will remain protected from the elements whether you are reaching high or bending forward.
  • Water and wind resistant. Your layering system should protect you even as you add or remove layers. With Lakeland, our outer wear offers the same water and wind resistance, so you can feel confident in your apparel.
  • Dual certified. Remain safe on the line with dual certified layers to protect you from any potential hazard on the job.

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FR Base Layer Knit

The foundation of our cold weather layering system, this knit is designed to wick sweat away and keep you dry and warm. It also offers:

  • Solid protection. Our knit base layer has a protection value of 16.4 CAL / CM2, and is the only Cat 2 available in the market.

Base layer Knit and FR Button Up

Like our base knit, our button up shirts keep you dry and safe while offering optimal comfort. This shirt is also available with a vented back if you are looking for similar protection for a warmer work environment. These shirts are best known for their:

  • Superior wicking strength. Get the sweat off your skin faster with the industry’s leading wicking technology.

 

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FR Hoodie

Everyone needs a reliable hoodie, and this one is loaded with features that make it an irreplaceable part of your workday attire. Besides permanent moisture wicking features include:

  • Vertical Cut Pocket. Unlike the typical kangaroo pouch, nothing can fall out of our specially designed pocket with a vertical seam. Better storage. Better protection from the elements.
  • Hidden interior drawstring. Designed to remain almost invisible, the hidden drawstring falls on the inside of the hoodie for added safety.
  • Built for style, comfort and safety. How many hoodies would you wear out on the town? This one can add some style and safety to your wardrobe.
  • Ribbed, knit sleeve cuff. There’s nothing worse than a sleeve that rides up when you put on your jacket or reach for tools on the job. We solved that problem with our exclusive ribbed, knit cuff.

 

  

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FR Jacket -- The Original Soft Shell

The final layer needed for ultimate cold weather protection is our lightweight, maneuverable and durable, jacket. Besides permanent moisture wicking, features include:

  • Extremely Light Weight. Get the weight off your back with this extremely lightweight, maneuverable fabric.
  • Smooth Polymer Finish. The extremely abrasion proof, smooth finish means airborne particles won’t stick to your jacket surface.
  • Zipper hand warmer pockets. Give your hands a rest and some added warmth with our speciality designed hand warmer pockets.
  • Cell phone pocket. Keep what you need within reach with a perfectly placed pocket that’s easy to access on the line.

 

As you select your layers, ensure that each is constructed with permanent moisture wicking capabilities to keep you warm and dry on the job. If one layer blocks moisture in, the effectiveness of your layer system will be compromised.

Interested in learning more? Download our cold weather layering eBook that discusses how to effectively layer your FR apparel.

Designed by linemen for linemen, Lakeland FR high performance combines superior moisture wicking fibers, style and functionality. Only Lakeland offers a layering system with permanent moisture wicking technology in every single layer. From base layer to button up shirt, hoodie to outer jacket, Lakeland’s layering system offers moisture wicking technology that will never wear out, wash out, or stop performing for you. Download the eBook now.

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How Moisture Wicking Apparel Helps You Stay Warm in Cold Weather

Posted by Mike Schoonover

Feb 8, 2018 11:42:36 AM

As you add and remove layers in cold weather climates, you rely on your garments to offer both protection and dryness.

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You may be surprised to hear that there is research and science supporting the best way to maintain warmth, dryness and protection in variable temperatures and conditions. From the fiber construction of your garment to the air circulation that helps dissipate moisture, understanding how it all works together can help you layer for optimal, long-term protection outdoors.

Moisture Wicking Fibers Are Essential for Warmth

You’d think that adding more layers in the cold will help you stay warm, but unless the layers you add work together with your base layers, you may end up feeling cold, damp and uncomfortable.

Why? Because the fibers of your apparel make all the difference when it comes to moisture and warmth management.

In the simplest of terms, moisture wicking fibers are designed with hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibers to pull moisture away from your skin and move it to the outer layer of a garment to spread and dry.

Recent studies indicate that a garment that offers a 60/40 fiber split (with a higher percentage of hydrophobic fibers and a lower percentage of hydrophilic fibers) will provide you with optimal moisture wicking capabilities. A garment with 100% of any fiber along with claims of moisture wicking identifies the presence of a fabric with a chemical finish that will eventually wash away.

An FR garment constructed with permanent moisture wicking fibers is essential to absorb and push moisture and sweat away from the body and pull it through the garment to the outside surface to spread and dissipate quickly. As you layer, it is important that every additional layer added offers moisture wicking capabilities so moisture can move through the fabrics effectively to keep you feeling dry and warm.

If one component of the layering system lacks moisture wicking capabilities, your layering system will lose effectiveness.

As your activity level increases, you shouldn’t notice a difference in overall dryness. Permanent moisture wicking fibers in your layering system should work to keep you dry with every added layer, so you never feel wet on the job.

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  • As temperatures fluctuate, your layering system should work with you to keep you both dry and warm.
  • Your mobility level should not be compromised by your FR clothing. A layering system designed to function effectively in every climate, regardless of activity level, is the ultimate goal.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand and safe on the job with a layering system that performs for you in every possible scenario.

Layering systems are not created equal. From base layer to outer layer, make sure your layering system offers permanent moisture wicking technology.

Download a free FR Cold Weather Layering Guide, Now.

Rethink How You Layer for Warmth

Layering is not just about adding warmth -- layering should be strategic to keep you dry, warm and protected, all while maximizing your mobility on the job.

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Stay Dry. With permanent moisture wicking fibers in your base layer, moisture will be pulled off of your skin quickly, so you never feel wet on the job. Lakeland FR apparel absorbs moisture up to 7x faster than competitive brands and moves an average of 50 percent more moisture to the exterior of the fabric, creating a drier zone next to your skin.

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Stay Warm. From base layer to outer layer, you should never worry about your sweat turning cold when you stop activity. Stay comfortable and warm with a layering system designed to pass moisture through each layer quickly. A superior layering system means all garments contain moisture wicking fabrics to pull moisture through the fabric to the outer layer, all while keeping the elements out. Lakeland’s outerwear provides water and wind resistance with moisture wicking.

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Stay Mobile. Staying dry and warm is essential for optimal performance, but adding more bulk as you layer is often a drawback. Consider selecting lightweight, maneuverable fabrics that add the protection you need without the bulk and weight that contributes to increased muscle fatigue and slows you down. Windproof, water resistant, moisture wicking Lakeland FR outerwear garments offer the lightweight protective layers you’ve been waiting for.

Ensure the garments you include in your layers are designed to work together to keep you warm and protected with: permanent moisture wicking capabilities and lightweight, maneuverable fabrics.

Designed by linemen for linemen, Lakeland FR high performance combines superior moisture wicking fibers, style and functionality. Only Lakeland offers a layering system with permanent moisture wicking technology in every single layer. From base layer to button up shirt, hoodie to outer jacket, Lakeland’s layering system offers moisture wicking technology that will never wear out, wash out, or stop performing for you. Download the guide now.

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