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Storage, Shelf-life and Disposal

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Lakeland protective garments include a range of disposable protective chemical garments for protection against chemical hazards. In general garments are constructed using polypropylene and polyethylene or a combination of both, and in some cases specialised similar polymers to provide special chemical barriers.  These materials are inert and will be unaffected by normal conditions and temperatures.

Other components include nylon or polypropylene zips and nylon thread which are similarly inert. All fabrics and components have been confirmed to contain no harmful elements and have been certified to relevant CE standards which includes an assessment (as part of the overall EN 340 standard) according to basic Health and Safety Requirements and “innocuousness” testing. Garment technical files include confirmation from suppliers that they contain no harmful chemicals either intrinsically or from use in manufacture.


Lakeland coveralls are individual sealed, vacuum packed in polythene bags and outer cardboard cartons.

As garment materials are unaffected by normal conditions garments can be stored in standard warehousing facilities. In general keep dry and avoid very warm or temperatures below -15oC. Avoid direct sunlight or other strong light for extended periods.


As stated, Lakeland garments are made from inert materials. With bags un-opened, properly stored in cool, dry conditions and away from sunlight or strong light garments should achieve a shelf life of ten years or more. Some discolouration may occur over time, in particular white fabric may gain a slight yellow tinge, but this does not affect garment performance.

For suits designed to protect against hazardous chemicals we would recommend that after a maximum of 10 years suits are downgraded to “training suits” or disposed of suitably.

Before use all garments, regardless of age, should always be given a visual inspection for any damages or tears and to ensure any parts such as zips etc. function properly. Any garments that are damaged or worn in any way should not be used in any hazardous situation.


Uncontaminated garments can be disposed of via any standard method and according to local regulations. They be included with standard refuse into landfill or can be incinerated without any hazardous emissions – subject to local legal requirements.

However, garments contaminated with any chemicals must be disposed of appropriately with particular reference to the disposal requirements of the chemical. It is the users’ responsibility to ensure contaminated garments are disposed of appropriately according to local regulations.

Special Interceptor Instructions

Interceptor fabric consist of ten layers of various polymer and other barrier films which MAY suffer minor degradation over longer periods if stored in warmer conditions or in strong light, though this may not be apparent visually. Under good storage conditions a shelf life of 10 years should be achieved. However we would recommend that after a maximum of 10 years, and ideally after 5 years, Interceptor suits are either downgraded to training suits or disposed of.

Some manufacturers claim longer shelf-lives than this. We consider this to be potentially hazardous as it is almost impossible to measure. Different storage conditions may have different effects on the different multiple polymers in this type of fabric. With such complex, multi-layered fabrics the efficacy of accelerated aging techniques are questionable. It is therefore impossible to be sure, and given the extremely hazardous nature of the applications for which these types of suit are used, whilst a shelf life of ten years is likely to be acceptable, we consider that a good compromise between cost and safety is a shelf life of five years.

Specific Storage Recommendations for Interceptor Gas-Tight Suits

  1. Before storage ensure full, suitable decontamination and cleaning has been conducted
  2. Store the Complete Ensemble in a clean, dry location, away from direct sunlight.
  3. Suit should be stored laid flat, if possible and with the zipper completely open.
  4. At least annually perform an inspection using the checklist at the back of the User Manual, and perform the suit pressure test using according to the instructions.
  5. Suits can be stored in their original carry-bags, or on a hanger. Be careful not to fold or crease the visor if returning into the original bag for storage.


ALM are high quality heat protective garments using the latest technology in aluminised reflective fibreglass. These garments will provide users with a long life up to ten years if maintained correctly and undamaged.


ALM garments should never be machine washed or dried but can be wiped down with a soft cloth and a weak, standard detergent. As ALM fabric relies on its reflectivity for much of its heat protective properties do not use any bleach or abrasive cleaning solution or cloth that might damage the surface and reduce reflectivity.
Garments should not be dried mechanically but should be dried by hanging in a cool, dry area.


Store in normal conditions by hanging rather than folding. Avoid direct sunlight.


Users should always check garments for damage or dirt before use. A dirty garment will not reflect heat and will there for not protect properly. Garments with tears or abraded or dulled surface should not be used.

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