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How to calculate Safe-Use Times for Chemical Suits

Posted by Martin Lill

13-Mar-2017 23:06:20

Our blog “When is a breakthrough not a breakthrough?” looked at why permeation test “breakthrough” cannot be used to indicate how long you can safely use a chemical suit; not only is that not what test breakthrough is designed for, but it is also wholly unsuited for the purpose. Which leaves chemical suit users with a problem… How do you know how long you are safe?

If you have read the article about Frank Schaaf, Head Nurse at Evonik in “Health & Safety International” you already know there is a solution... a relatively simple calculation that can be made. Here it is…

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Topics: Chemical Protection

AVIAN FLU and Infectious Agents: Understanding and Clarification of EN 14126 Tests and Classifications

Posted by Martin Lill

21-Dec-2016 11:52:52

With outbreaks of Avian flu now identified in several European countries including the UK this is likely to be a growing story in early 2017 – and we will be publishing our advice on suitable protective clothing in the new year.

However, as was the case during the Ebola Crisis two years ago, there remains a serious misunderstanding of the tests and classifications in the important EN 14126 standard (Clothing for Protection against Infective Agents) with some manufacturers claiming classification for the ISO 16603 test referenced. This is either a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of the standard and in the worst case could lead to serious consequences. Correct understanding of EN 14126 is important in the selection of appropriate protective clothing and this blog explains the facts.

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Topics: Bloodborne Pathogen Protection

Question: When is a "Breakthrough" not a "Breakthrough"?

Posted by Martin Lill

09-Dec-2016 02:42:11

Answer: Ask Frank...

One of the confusing and commonly misinterpreted aspects of chemical suit selection is the chemical permeation test – used by many as a simple indication of the effectiveness of a chemical suit as part of a selection process. However, the test result most quoted and used – the “Breakthrough” – more correctly called the “Normalised Breakthrough” – and quoted in minutes, is not actually, at least in the way most of us would understand the term, a “breakthrough”. So what is it?

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Topics: Chemical Protection

The marriage of PPE partners… “for better or for worse?”

Posted by Martin Lill

17-Nov-2016 05:12:33

CE standards identify types of protection as neat, separate issues… protection against chemicals; or protection against heat and flame; or protection against arc flash and so on. This is convenient… but unrealistic. Applications often feature more than one hazard; protection might be needed against chemical and heat and arc flash. Most users have to deal not with single but with multiple hazards.

The obvious solution is to “marry” protection types by combining PPE. But is this a marriage made in heaven? Or is it a route to PPE hell? Will the properties of one affect those of the other? This can and does happen, and users should be aware of the possible dangers that might result…

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Topics: Protective Clothing

Are you certain your Type 3 chemical protective garment is really Type 3?

Posted by Martin Lill

05-Oct-2016 11:33:35

With the proliferation of limited life garments – often at lower and lower prices, it is vital to ensure you are getting what you think you are getting – especially in the case of Type 3 where protection is critical. Yet the detail of some recently introduced garments suggest they may not quite provide what is written on the label… at least not in the way you would probably understand it… and you might be using one of these garments…

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, Protective Clothing, Chemical Protection, Chemical Protective Clothing Standards

First “Chemical Suit Selection Study Day” a Great Success!

Posted by Martin Lill

18-Jul-2016 08:09:15

How do you select your Chemical Suit? What factors are important? How do you compare and assess the performance, features and properties of the variety of chemical protective suits available? How do you know how long you are safe?  In all, how do you ensure you have the right suit – the right tool – for the job? These are the questions we asked – and hopefully went some way to answering – last week in our first “Chemical Suit Selection Study Day”…

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Topics: Chemical Protection

Why must Type 3 & 4 garments be constructed with a sealed seam and NOT a bound seam?

Posted by Martin Lill

26-May-2016 07:18:29

Recently we have noted at least one garment on the European market with bound seams apparently certified to EN 14605, Type 4. There are several reasons why this cannot be correct and we would advise users be wary of such products; a bound seam is not a sealed seam and Type 3 and 4 garments should have sealed seams. This article explains why.

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Topics: Chemical Protection

Why is our accountant John fooling around with Duct Tape???

Posted by Martin Lill

11-May-2016 09:29:19

What’s our French Intern Romain doing sitting down on the job??? And what’s that he’s reading???

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Topics: Chemical Protection

PPE Directive Update... a change is coming...

Posted by Roy Wilders

19-Feb-2016 07:13:23

The EC bureaucrats have been beavering away and a change is forthcoming in the overall PPE directive. Whilst work still remains to be done and it may be a little while before it becomes law, there are some major changes that are worth being aware of…

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Topics: Protective Clothing Standards

Have you studied your garment User Instruction Sheet carefully? There just might be some surprises in it…

Posted by Martin Lill

18-Jan-2016 03:30:54

The PPE directive requires all Category III protective equipment – including chemical protective coveralls – should be supplied with a User Instruction Sheet (a "U.I." for short). From them users can gain useful advice regardarding the "do's and don'ts" of garment use. Further, with careful study you can sometimes also discover important issues with the garment you may not have been aware of - or advised of - when selecting it for use...

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Topics: Chemical Protection