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What are the trade names and manufacturers of some materials used in personal protective clothing and what are they made of?

The table below lists the names of some commercial products that are used in producing certain kinds of personal protective clothing (e.g., gloves, aprons, vests, suits). These are mentioned elsewhere in OSH Answers question-and-answer documents as examples of registered (®) or trademark (™) products. However, for the sake of brevity, the manufacturers' names and product descriptions were not included in the question and answer documents. This list gives the name of the manufacturer and a brief description of the material and examples of what kinds of personal protective clothing are made from these materials. For more complete descriptions of the products and their uses and limitations, you should consult your safety equipment supplier and/or the manufacturer.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive; you may know of other products that meet your needs. The mention of trade name products is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of any product but is provided for the convenience of users since the trade mark names are used commonly in the literature.

Trade Name Manufacturer Description
4H® Safety 4, Inc. Multi-layer laminate of polyethylene (PE) and ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH [ISO 1043-1 abbrev.] or EVAL) - offers protection against exposure to many chemicals and mixtures.
Chemrel® Chemron UK Multi-layered film barrier composites, laminated onto a soft polypropylene substrate; encapsulated suits made from different Chemrel™ fabrics are available providing protection against different chemicals and gases.
Kevlar® DuPont Aramid (aromatic polyamide) fibre - tough textile fiber used in protective clothing where resistance to cuts, heat, bullets or flying fragments is needed.
Nomex® DuPont High-temperature-resistant aramid (aromatic polyamide) fibre; resistant to a wide range of industrial chemicals and solvents.
Responder® Life-Guard Multi-film material designed to offer a high degree of permeation resistance to a broad range of chemicals; also used in level A vapour protective suits (totally encapsulated chemical [TECP] suits).
Saranex™ Dow Chemical Company Multi-layer coextruded film made from polyethylene (PE), polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA or EVAC [ISO 1043-1 abbrev.]) Used as a coating for protective clothing.
Silver Shield® Siebe North Inc. A laminate material that offers excellent protection against a wide range of chemicals and solvents but does not have good cut-resistance. Can be used as an inner glove to enhance protection where cuts / mechanical damage are likely.
Teflon® DuPont Fluorocarbon polymers made from tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) or from a mixture of tetrafluoroethylene and hexafluoropropylene. Has excellent chemical and thermal resistance but poor physical strength properties; is combined with other materials in protective clothing.
Trellchem® Trelleborg Protective Products AB Trade name of a range of chemical protective suits. All are made with a polyamide fabric coated with different materials for the outside and inside layers offering protection against exposure to wide range of chemicals; some suits (HPS,VPS,TLU-A) meet NFPA flammability test criteria.

Trellchem® HPS (High Performance Suit) - Viton® and butyl rubber outside and a polymer barrier laminate inside.

Trellchem® VPS (Vapour Barrier Suit) - chloroprene rubber outside and a polymer barrier laminate inside.

Trellchem® Super - Viton® and butyl rubber outside and butyl rubber inside.

Trellchem Butyl® - butyl rubber outside and inside.

Trellchem® Light - polyvinyl chloride (PVC) outside and inside.

Trellchem® TLU (Limited Use) - polymer barrier laminate outside and inside.

Trellchem® TLU-A - ensemble comprising an aluminized fibreglass fabric over-cover and a Trellchem® TLU suit.
Tychem® DuPont Offers protection against exposure to wide range of chemicals and is tear- and puncture-resistant.
Viton® DuPont Dow Elastomers Series of synthetic fluororubbers, elastomers based on polymers made from hexafluoropropylene and vinylidene fluoride or vinyl fluoride; other fluorocarbons may be used in some Viton® products.
Zetex® Newtex Clothing products are woven from highly texturized silica yarns - an alternative to asbestos for gloves, etc. for protection against heat, flames and sparks.

How do I find more information about selecting protective clothing?

The OSH Answers document Chemical Protective Clothing - Glove Selection has information about what things you should consider when you are deciding about the kind of chemical protective clothing or glove material to use.

Check with your safety equipment supplier to find out what products (e.g., gloves, boots, aprons, suits, etc.) are available that meet the needs for the kind of chemical exposure anticipated in your workplace. Sometimes you will have to contact the manufacturer to find out if a given product is suitable for certain mixtures of solvents.

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Document last updated on December 9, 2005

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