Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 21:27:13 -0400
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Subject: Re: Flame resistant PPE
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If you don't have Nomex be sure to wear cotton whenever you are in the laboratory.   Polyester or blends thereof fuse to the skin when they melt, which can make burn injury and treatment far more complex.  The Royal Navy learned that the hard way when the HMS Sheffield was struck by an Exocet missile during the Falklands conflict, and have since changed to natural fiber uniforms.

And in case anyone was wondering, Tyvek=AE is not flame-resistant and is not recommended for use around heat, flames, sparks, or flammable/explosive environments.

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On Oct 17, 2010, at 8:00 PM, Wawzyniecki Jr, Stefan wrote:

We used to buy Nomex coveralls and coats when we poured off large quantities of solvents- here is a site


Use in labs may be cost prohibitive-  these run $80.00-   I doubt all labs would think it a necessary PPE for normal lab applications.

-Stefan Wawzyniecki
University of Connecticut
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Flame resistant PPE

After reviewing a pyrophorics safety video, a chemistry faculty member had this question:
I think it would be good to provide people in our department with information on which lab coats are most flame resistant and where to purchase them. Do you guys have that information handy?

Various Google searches didn't produce anything particularly definitive in this regard. Does anyone know of a good source of information to answer this question with?

Thanks for any help.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405


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