DuPont Announces Importance of Flame-Resistant Face Coverings

Heat and Flame Protection PPEDuPont Personal Protection today announced that face coverings made with DuPont™ Nomex may be used along with flame-resistant (FR) garments, such as those made of Nomex, in response to the protection needs of COVID-19. When used as face, nose and mouth coverings, properly designed masks, balaclavas, gaiters and hoods made with Nomex may help meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidance on wearing masks in worker environments that also require FR protection.

Nomex® is a trusted FR brand for workers and is inherently flame resistant, providing protection that’s built into the fiber and can’t be washed out or worn away. Lightweight, highly durable and low-linting, Nomex provides an ideal balance of comfort and protection. Face coverings made with Nomex are suitable for use in the utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas and chemical industries, and won’t melt, drip or burn in the event of a flash fire.

“Masks made with Nomex® help provide enhanced coverage with superior flame resistance,” said David Domnisch, global business director, DuPont Personal Protection. “Specifying a total FR solution with both a Nomex® garment and Nomex® mask is essential to help ensure worker protection. Many masks may meet the CDC’s guidance on face coverings, but don’t offer flame resistance. In fact, some masks may create additional hazards for the wearer because the masks could melt, drip or burn, causing other dangers. Now, more than ever, it is essential that the recommended PPE match the challenges of the hazards at hand to help keep workers safe.”

DuPont will host a webinar, “Get the Facts: Industrial FR Face Coverings in the COVID-19 Era,” on May 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT with DuPont Thermal Apparel Technical Specialist Allie Fletcher. The webinar will highlight the latest guidance on face coverings, as well as FR and mask standards to consider for the industrial workforce, along with mask selection criteria considerations and associated resources.

For more information and to register, visit register.gotowebinar.com/register/7654395739012856843

The DuPont Personal Protection unit of DuPont Safety & Construction remains committed to helping protect those who protect others, especially as we strive to protect the dedicated workers on the front lines fighting COVID-19.
For additional information on facial coverings made with Nomex®, please see DuPont™ Nomex® FR face coverings for COVID-19 exposure.

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About DuPont Safety & Construction
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