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Quick Facts

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Nomex® IIIA has the lowest life cycle cost of any commercially available inherent FR fabric based on longevity
  • Provides permanent flame resistance that won’t wash out or wear away
  • Minimizes break-open and maintains a stable, inert barrier between the fire/arc and skin, protecting the wearer from direct exposure.
  • Does not ignite or burn, does not melt or drip.
  • Insulates the wearer from heat

The effectiveness of Nomex® has been proven and documented in laboratories, field tests and real-life flash fire and electric arc situations. Garments made with Nomex® thermal technology are extremely durable and resist abrasion, tears and chemicals. They’re also an excellent value, lasting three to five times longer than other standard and protective fabrics, including 100% cotton and flame-retardant treated (FRT) cotton. In lease, rental and purchase programs, the outstanding wear life of garments of Nomex® IIIA can contribute to bottom-line savings. Garments of Nomex® are as comfortable to wear as other work clothing. Side-by-side wear tests show that fabric weight is the single greatest factor in controlling garment comfort, and that the lightweight comfort of Nomex® is often preferred over other protective fabrics. A key factor in the thermal protection Nomex® provides is that it carbonizes and thickens when exposed to the intense heat of today’s fires. This increases the protective barrier between the heat source and the skin and minimizes burn between the heat source and the skin and minimizes burn injury. This tough, protective barrier stays supple and flexible until it cools, which gives you valuable extra seconds of protection when you need it most. Garments made from Nomex® are also durable — lasting, on average, two to three times longer than most other standard and protective fabrics, including 100% cotton, polyester/garment blends and FRT cotton. In fact, industrial launderers estimate that the average wear life of protective apparel made of Nomex® is approximately five years, and that it can be washed and worn at least 125 times. Comparatively, garments made of FRT cotton can be washed and worn an average of only 36-50 times.

Genesis® by Difco is the quality standard for woven DuPont Nomex® IIIA fiber in the inherently Flame Resistant fabric market. Genesis Fabrics are engineered for the highest technical performance, comfort and durability for your garment needs

Care and Maintenance

Garments of NOMEX® can be washed and dried by any conventional home method, followed by hand ironing if necessary. No special technology is needed for home laundering garments of NOMEX®. However, home procedures may not remove the last traces of very heavy, widespread or ground-in soils, which may be flammable and could adversely affect the thermal protective performance of garments of NOMEX®. If home laundering does not remove contaminants or contaminant build-up, garments can be periodically dry cleaned or commercially laundered. When gar­ments are contaminated by hazardous materials, only commercial or on-site laundering or dry cleaning should be used with the appropriate wastewater treatment techniques.

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