During the process of evaluating a chemical suit, we often hear customers ask for permeation test breakthrough results on a specific chemical hazard. Traditional or common methods of choosing PPE often look to these data points to help keep workers safe – but these results often don’t give the full story.
For that, you’re going to want a more comprehensive set of data – something that considers more than just the fabric of the chemical suit. A tool that factors in environmental conditions, such as temperature, and provides you with a more well-rounded assessment of the hazard your chemical suits are protecting against.
The Directory of Chemical Producers estimates over 21,000 different chemicals are produced globally to be used as feedstocks, processing agents, catalysts, or end-use products in industry worldwide. Many are hazardous, with even limited contamination having potential to cause a range of chronic and often life-changing health consequences.
PermaSURE® V4, in conjunction with Lakeland chemical suits ChemMax® 3, ChemMax® 4 Plus, and Interceptor® Plus provides users with a never-before-available ability to assess how long a chemical suit is safe to wear against over 2,400 widely-used chemicals.
Current selection of chemical suits is often focused on the permeation resistance test breakthrough. While this test (ASTM F739 or EN 6529) makes a useful contribution, used as a sole selection tool it is flawed for several reasons: