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Protective clothing

Nonwovens are extensively used in the medical field and in protection against liquid, biological and chemical agents in many sectors. In parallel they are used in clean rooms, laboratories and in the electronics industry to protect materials, goods and components from human contamination.

They are used as protection against a variety of substances which could be harmful for human contact, for example:
  • Asbestos, Dioxin
  • Body fluids
  • Hazardous gases
  • Oils and lubricants
  • Inorganic, organic chemicals
  • Dyes, Colours, inks
  • Disinfectants
  • Nutraceuticals (Vitamins, etc.)
  • Dirt
  • Fine dust
  • Liquid aerosols
  • Splashes
  • Liquids under pressure
Because they are used only once and incinerated after use, the need for handling is avoided and the spread of contaminants is minimised.

Some examples of where nonwovens are used

  • Chemical handling
  • Petchem industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry (Manufacturing and Packaging)
  • Laboratories
  • Food industry
  • Visitors, inspectors across in industry
  • Agriculture and horticulture, veterinary inspections, farms, facilities etc
  • Decontamination of contaminated land
  • Discommissioning of production plants
  • Oil handling, oil tanker cleaning
  • Tank cleaning
  • Industrial cleaning and maintenance
  • Hazardous waste clean up
  • Disease and disaster management
  • Emergency response services, spill clean up
  • Police
  • Medical applications

The advantages of using nonwovens

  • Protection against
    • dry or wet contact
    • air-borne particles
  • Flex cracking resistance
  • Single-use = 100% certainty
  • Excellent barrier properties
  • Excellent uniformity
  • Breathability
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Repellency
  • Trapezoidal tear strength
  • Tensile strength
  • Puncture resistance
  • Resistance to permeation of liquids
  • Resistance to ignition
  • Liquid repellency
  • Flame retardency
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