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ultrasoft

Quick Facts

  • Introduced in 1996
  • Guaranteed flame resistance for the life of the garment
  • Soft feel for enhanced comfort
  • Enhanced protection from electric arc and flash fire exposures
  • Multi purpose protection from electric arc flash, flash fire, molten ferrous metal and welding exposures
  • 75%+ extended garment wear life
  • Double-shrunk technology
  • Excellent value equation

Westex guarantees the flame resistance of Westex UltraSoft®fabrics for the life of the garment. This guarantee has been demonstrated in laboratory testing and through the auditing of samples from the millions of garments in the protective clothing marketplace for over two decades. There are many “unseen” details that go into the production of durable flame resistant cotton and cotton blend fabrics. This starts with the production of the base material, dyeing, preparation, FR engineering process, internal laboratory testing, external laboratory testing and technical support all the way to the proven performance of the FR fabric in the market. They have spent decades perfecting the highly technical, proprietary flame resistant fabric technology to produce our trusted fabrics which are market proven, world-leading brands. This high level of performance is achieved by the Westex proprietary production process, which combines advanced custom engineered machinery with sophisticated computer equipment to conduct the “ammonia cure” system.

In the Westex engineering process, a high quality phosphonium salt precondensate flame retardant chemical is applied and polymerized with gaseous ammonia forming a long-chain flame retardant polymer impregnated into the core of each cotton fiber. This flame retardant polymer acts as a catalyst promoting the charring of the fabric. This accelerated charring prohibits the support of combustion by reducing the fuel source. Click the image below to see all the steps and technology involved in the making of UltraSoft fabric.

 

 

 

 

Care and Maintenance

UltraSoft®, UltraSoft AC™ and Indura® brand fabrics have been designed to withstand the most rigorous industrial laundering conditions anticipated for proper cleaning of work clothing. Westex guarantees the flame resistance of UltraSoft®, UltraSoft AC™ and Indura® fabrics for the useful life of such garments when proper care procedures are employed. It’s important to recognize that the thermal protective properties of any flame resistant fabric can be compromised by the presence of contaminants in the fabric from which the garment is made.

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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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techsafe

Quick Facts

  • Inherently flame resistant
  • Soft and breathable. Superior moisture management because of special cellulosic fiber content.
  • Soft feel for enhanced comfort
  • Available in a Hi-visibility yellow that is ANSI 107 and CSA Z96 compliant for low visibility environments
  • Multi purpose protection from electric arc flash, flash fire, molten ferrous metal and welding exposures
  • Will not ignite, melt, or break open.
  • Excellent value equation

 

TenCate Tecasafe® Plus is engineered to provide unbeatable electric arc and flash fire protection that lasts twice as long as FR treated cotton fabrics. Yet our soft and lightweight fabric provides unmatched comfort. It is also comforting to know that our fabric’s inherent protection will never wash or wear out.

In addition, Tecasafe® Plus is extremely comfortable. Its cellulosic fibers make the fabric cool and breathable, thanks to its special cellulosic fiber content. It has superior abrasion resistance and is highly colorfast, retaining its strength, shape, and color even after multiple industrial launderings. The Tecasafe® Plus long life cycle, combined with its competitive cost, creates exceptional value in flame resistant garment.

Care and Maintenance

Garments made from TenCate Tecasafe® Plus fabric may be safely dry-cleaned or laundered/dried in home or industrial type machinery. This fabric dries rapidly, for minimal shrinkage please do not over dry.

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Quick Facts

  • Inherent Flame Resistance
  • Electrical Arc Resistance
  • High Thermal Resistance
  • Bright Vibrant and High Visibility Colors
  • Easy Care Fabric
  • Lower Cost Protection without Compromise
  • Regular Apparel Look & Feel

 

By combining the inherently self-extinguishing fiber of PROTEX®; an inherently flame-retardant fiber that, when mixed with cotton, rayon, polyester and other conventional fibers, improves flame retardancy while at the same time retaining original fiber characteristics of softness and natural appearance; and the comfort and practicality of cotton, the Pro Techt fabric line was developed with the worker safety and comfort in mind.

Unlike treated cotton, there is no deterioration in flame retardancy after repeated washing or normal use over time. Actually the reverse is true. Flame retardancy improves after repeated washings.

Unlike Aramids fibers, the look and feel of Pro Techt fabrics is all natural, especially when worn against the skin.

 

Care and Maintenance

Pro Techt modacrylic garments can be industrially or home laundered.

kermel

KERMEL®  aramid fiber

Kermel is a polyamide-imide, classified as a meta-aramid fiber.

 

Quick Facts

  • Permanently non-flammable by nature.
  • Excellent thermal insulator, providing efficient protection from heat, even in lightweight protective clothing.
  • Chemical inertness provides efficient protection against the majority of chemical agents, even at high concentrations under the effect of splashing.
  • Solution-dyed during the manufacturing process for exceptional color fastness.
  • Unequalled drape, softness and comfort.
  • Does not pill high and has a resistance to abrasion.

KERMEL®  Lenzing® FR

Lensing® FR viscose is made by Lenzing® Fibres, the largest producer of viscose fibres in the world, and is a cellulosic fibre which has a flame retardant pigment built into the fibre during the fibre spinning stage. The combination of these two fibres produces a garmentoffering excellent comfort properties with inherent FR protection capabilities

Fabrics made up of 30% or 50% Lenzing® FR (FR viscose), having proven themselves over many years, provide protection from heat and flames as well as from acids and chemical projections. They do not burn, do not melt and retain their mechanical properties.

Kermel/ Lenzing FR mixtures provide constant protection from fire exposure and heat flash hazards. Ideally suited for hot climates, they offer a high degree of comfort, thanks to the flexibility and softness of the mixture. A large variety of clothing and underwear is available in fabric or knitwear.

Kermel products are certified to NFPA 2112.

ykk

Located in Marietta, Georgia, YKK Corporation of America is the western hemisphere parent of YKK’s North and Central America Group (YKK NCA). Geographically, this Group consists of 14 dynamic operating companies spread across five time zones covering Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Colombia, South America.

Since 1960 when YKK opened its first U.S. office in New York, NY, the YKK NCA Group has grown continually in size and scope. Today they have more than 2,500 employees supporting two major operational pillars: the Architectural Products Group and the Fastening Products Group.

The YKK Fastening Products Group provides fastening solutions for thousands of applications and specialized requirements. YKK® zippers, metal buttons and snaps, webbings, hook and loop, and plastic buckles and more are available in various configurations, styles, and sizes.  YKK brand zippers, metal buttons and snaps, hook and loop fastening tape, plastic buckles, notions and webbings are available in various configurations, styles, and sizes. .

Uniform and industrial products require durability, rugged looks and are subject to harsh laundering processes. YKK Canada has developed a line of metal zippers to meet these special needs. Their “PCN” cord is woven to withstand extreme bleach and wash temperatures.  Non-conductive brass and non-conductive, high temperature resistant Vislon® zippers set to NOMEX® tape meet all NFPA standards.

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Whether at work or play, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material helps you to be seen at dawn, dusk, or night, in all weather conditions.

Versatility, performance and fashion come together in 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material. Designers can easily incorporate it into all kinds of footwear, garments, and accessories, from safety vests to high performance active wear. The results: attractive reflective clothing that helps make people more visible.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material is recognized as the leading high performance retro reflective material for enhancing worker visibility.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material products use a technology known as retro reflection. It helps the eye perceive light in low-light conditions. In more scientific terms, retro reflection occurs when light rays are returned in the direction from which they originated. A large amount of reflected light is returned directly to the original light source, such as a car’s headlights. Since very little light is scattered when the light is returned, retro reflective materials appear brightest to an observer located near the original light source such as behind the wheel of a car. The Scotchlite reflective material brand provides increased peace-of-mind to people who wear safety garments. They know that their garment contains material that will enhance their visibility in low-light and nighttime conditions. And they value that their reflective material comes from 3M, a trusted name known for quality and innovation.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material is available in a variety of configurations that meet or exceed the minimum EN-471 & CSA Z-96 standards for high visibility as well as a selection of industrially laundurable flame resistant trim.

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CSA STANDARD Z96: High-Visibility Safety Apparel

Scope and Application

 This standard specifies requirements for occupational apparel that is capable of signaling the user’s presence visually; and intended to provide the user with conspicuity in hazardous situations under any light conditions and under illumination by vehicle headlights.

Performance requirements are included for colour, retro-reflection, and minimum areas, as well as for the configuration of the materials.

Conspicuity is enhanced by high contrast between clothing and the work environment against which it is seen. This standard provides performance requirements for conspicuous materials to be used in high-visibility apparel and specifies Classes of garments, minimum areas, and placement of these materials.

Definitions:

Conspicuity – Characteristics of an object that determine the likelihood that it will come to the attention of an observer, especially in a complex environment that has competing objects.

Retro-reflective Material – Material that reflects light directly back to its origin.

Combined- Performance Retro-Reflective Material – Retro-reflective material that is also a fluorescent material.

Photometric Performance Level – The effectiveness of retro-reflective material in returning light to its source, measured in terms of the coefficient of retro-reflection.

Chromaticity – The objective specification of the quality of a color regardless of its luminance, that is, as determined by its hue and colorfulness.

Luminance – The photometric measure of the luminous intensity per unit area of light travelling in a given direction. It describes the amount of light that passes through or is emitted from a particular area, and falls within a given solid angle. luminance indicates how much luminous power will be perceived by an eye looking at the surface from a particular angle of view. Luminance is thus an indicator of how bright the surface will appear

This standard specifies minimum amounts of retro-reflective materials, together with colour requirements for placement of materials, for apparel used to enhance the visibility and safety of workers. Categories of high-visibility garments are identified and appropriate markings for apparel are recommended. Performance requirements are also provided for the physical properties of background materials used in the construction of high-visibility safety apparel. Test methods are provided in the standard to ensure that a minimum level of visibility is maintained when garments are subjected to ongoing care procedures.

The standard specifies three colours for background materials and contrasting stripes. This should provide options that are intended to create conspicuity against most work environments. Users should consider the work environment in which protection is required and select the colour and stripe combination that provides the preferred contrast and visual indication of movement.

Fluorescent Background Material

  • Fluorescent Yellow – Green
  • Fluorescent Orange – Red
  • Fluorescent Red

Bright Background Material

  • Bright Yellow – Green
  • Bright Orange – Red
  • Bright Red

Chromaticity and Luminance

Fluorescent Materials shall comply with one of the 3 colours in table 2A. Bright coloured background materials shall comply with one of two colours specified in table 2B.

Classes:

 Three high-visibility apparel classes are specified in terms of the body coverage provided. Each high-visibility apparel class shall cover the torso and / or limbs in accordance with the minimum areas for each class described. High-visibility safety apparel shall be designed and manufactured to meet the requirements in the standard. The materials and components of high-visibility safety apparel should not be known to adversely affect the wearer. The safety apparel should offer the wearer the best possible degree of comfort while still providing adequate protection. Any part of the safety apparel that comes into direct contact with the end user should be free of roughness, sharp edges, and projections that could cause excessive irritation or injuries.

  • Class 1 – Apparel consists of a basic harness or stripes / bands over the shoulder(s) and encircling the waist. The center portion of the front torso band between the two vertical bands is optional.
  • Class 2 – Apparel has full coverage of the upper torso (front, back, sides and over the shoulders). Stripes/bands shall be composed of retro-reflective or combined performance materials.
  • Class 3 – Apparel that meets the same requirements as Class 2 with the addition of bands encircling both arms and both legs. These bands shall be composed of combined performance stripes/bands or a combination of retro-reflective and background material.

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In order to select the appropriate garment, the user shall consider the following basic principles in the selection of high-visibility apparel:

  • A risk assessment of the job site should be conducted before selecting the appropriate apparel.
  • Engineering and administrative controls of traffic and hazards around the workplace should be employed first to reduce risk to pedestrians. High – visibility apparel is considered to be a second line of defense against accidents.
  • Worksite background significantly affects the conspicuity of garments.
  • Environmental conditions significantly affect the garment’s conspicuity
  • Bright colours are more conspicuous than dull colours in daylight conditions
  • Bright colours are less effective than fluorescent colours in low light.
  • Full body coverage, 360 degrees around body, provides better conspicuity
  • Garments that are no longer able to provide minimum acceptable levels of conspicuity, due to wear and tear, soiling, contamination, or age, present a false sense of safety and should be replaced.
  • Other factors such as flame resistance, thermal performance, durability, launderability, comfort, flexibility and sizing should be considered when selecting a garment for the job.

 This page contains a summary of excerpts taken from the Standard listed for general information purposes only. This bulletin is not reflective of the complete requirements that the Standard prescribes. For more information please visit their website here.