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Single-use Protective Clothing vs. Ordinary Workwear – An Honest Comparison

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an extremely important component for workplace safety to prevent unsafe conditions that lead to fatal injuries. Protective clothing is an essential shield to protect frontline operators from hazardous workplace especially dealing with chemicals, liquid jets, infective agents and others. When choosing protective clothing, the choice for single-use and ordinary workwear is dictated by cost, protective capabilities, chemical barrier and breathability.

Instead of arousing healthcare and safety issues immediately or in long-term cases due to ordinary workwear, which might cause negative effects namely lawsuit, compensation, reputation damage etc., ULTITEC thinks that PPE must be tough enough to protect frontline operators to “Act without fear!”.

Since the main goal of PPE is to protect frontline operators, quality is one of the main things you will want to consider before making decision. This is where ULTITEC single-use protective clothing comes into play, which can stand up to the type of use especially for chemical protection with various sizes customized fitted for each frontline operators, ensure clean and free of any harmful residue for workplace safety.

Specific Features Designed for Optimum Protection_ULTITEC 4000&ULTITEC 5000

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Regarding selecting appropriate chemical protection PPE, besides implemented sophisticated fabric with all seams covered by highly compatible chemical resistance tape, ULTITEC further enhance on specific features designed for frontline operators to “Act without fear!” when facing extremely hazardous conditions.

These detailed elements being considered on ULTITEC 4000 and ULTITEC 5000 as to optimize comfortability while maintaining superior protection in workplace, namely chemicals, liquid jets, infective agents and leaking fuel which will further arouse workplace safety issues.

By having these specific features combining with chemical proof fabric and seam construction, both protective clothing reaches protection level Type 3 as an effective barrier against directional liquid jets, wide range of both organic and inorganic chemicals, and biological hazards, hence becoming an excellent protection while maintaining working efficiency.

Are You Getting Appropriate Chemical Protection PPE?

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Accidental chemical exposure in workplace can result dangers ranging from irritations to cancer and even death. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13 million United States workers are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, and countless other workers in worldwide. Thus, toxic exposure at work becoming a serious issue to be taken care of.

ULTITEC provides industrial protective clothing for particulate protection, flame retardant, liquid protection and chemical protection. For chemical protection, ULTITEC 4000 and ULTITEC 5000 are available for garment selection. Both are Type 3 chemical and liquid jet resistant coverall, but ULTITEC 5000 is designed for high-level purpose as made by sophisticated fabric with all seams covered by highly compatible chemical resistance tape which is suitable for extremely hazardous conditions.

ULTITEC 4000 and ULTITEC 5000 are differentiated to protect against different chemicals and chemical concentrations. ULTITEC 4000 is fully liquid-proof coverall which provides an effective shield against various chemicals, liquid jets and infective agents, with bright yellow fabric to offer high visibility. While ULTITEC 5000, as mentioned above, is super robust protective coverall mainly against wide range of both organic and inorganic toxic chemicals. They are widely applied for chemical handling, decontamination, disaster management, disease control, tank cleaning, petrochemical, oil refinery etc.

As a conclusion, consider your workplace risks before deciding on chemical protective clothing to “Act without fear!”. Variations such as different fabric physical properties, fabric chemical properties, resistance to fabric chemical permeation are the keys to determine protective capabilities. Do remember that no garment can provide absolute protection against all chemical exposures in all conditions, but higher protection level coverall is relatively more appropriate in managing uncertainty in the workplace.

ULTITEC 5000 APP: Calculating actual safe time

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The year 2019 is ULTITEC 10th anniversary celebration, we have been closely promoting the importance of choosing appropriate protective clothing and gradually stabilizing in the personal protective equipment (PPE) market with high comfortability, reasonable pricing and international certification.

This year, we launched our new mobile App for ULTITEC 5000. You can calculate actual safe time within only 3 steps. The ULTITEC 5000 app contains more than 4,000 chemicals with hazards information. It provides instant information and accesses the result instantly.

To experience our new ULTITEC 5000 App, please contact us.

ULTITEC crowned with complete success during INTERSEC 2019

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ULTITEC participated in INTERSEC for the 10th consecutive year to ensure appropriate protective clothing being used during garment selection process in Middle East regions. This world leading security and safety exhibition held from 20th until 22nd January 2019, with more than 1,300 exhibitors from 60 countries spanning 50,000 sqm of space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ULTITEC is one of more than 150 exhibitors in the Safety & Health section, showcased extensive range of protective clothing used by professionals in the oil & gas, aviation, construction and automotive industries. Its range of technical textiles are widely used by global conglomerates and local companies alike such as Qatar Gas, Shell, ExxonMobil, and ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company).

Throughout the exhibition, ULTITEC gained attention mostly from Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa, Iran and Ukraine visitors. Positive feedbacks well received regarding the unique fabric technology of microporous film used in ULTITEC’s protective clothing from distributors, users, visitors etc. They agreed that the breathability of ULTITEC is perfectly suitable for excessive heat environments especially in Middle East to prevent occupational heat exposure.

ULTITEC is also honoured to accept a live broadcast interview with the Agenda show on Dubai Eye, the Middle East’s first talk radio station providing a widely multi-cultural audience with the latest in news, business, entertainment, and sports. General Manager Jason Lin advised on how to “Act without fear!” by wearing appropriate protective clothing which provides exceptional comfort without compromising superior protection against various chemicals, pressurized liquid spray, liquid jets, and infective agents within workplace.

Year 2019 is also the 10th anniversary for ULTITEC, we will still head on for internationally acclaimed and continues to grow steadily with quality assurance products and professional service.

How Well Do You Understand EN 14126:2003? Protection Against Biological Agents in Workplace

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According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), biological agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi, other microorganisms and their associated toxins. They can adversely affect human health ranging from allergic reactions to fatal conditions. They are widespread in natural environment and require minimal resources for survival, becoming a potential danger in workplace.

Employee can be harmed by being infected by a biological agent, being exposed to toxins produced by the biological agent and caused allergic reactions. These may include entry through skin or mucous membranes, inhalation, swallowing, animal bites, the urogenital tract, needle stick injuries and cuts etc. Through recent Ebola, African Swine Fever, Avian Influenza outbreaks, we knew that safety measurements are needed in workplace especially dealing with culling operation and carcass handling, where blood and body fluid spilled everywhere or onto frontline operators. Besides animal epidemic prevention, there are many sectors which are of potentially dangers listed as the following.

EN 14126:2003 is the standard to determine whether protective clothing offers necessary protection against infective agents, which prescribes the requirements for materials, seams and garments. For protective clothing which passes EN 14126:2003, wording “-B” will be added behind “TYPE” classification, namely “TYPE 3-B”, “TYPE 4-B” and “TYPE 5-B”. A standard is reviewed every 5 years.

EN 14126:2003 includes 5 test methods to determine the protection class against several specific biological hazards. The higher the protection class, the higher the protection level.

ISO 16603:2004 – Resistance to penetration by blood and body fluids using synthetic blood

*This standard was last reviewed and confirmed in 2014. Therefore this version remains current.

The synthetic blood is a mixture of cellulose, coloring, buffer solution and stabilizing agents. This refers as “screening test”, to predict the pressure at which the subsequent test, using bacteriophage contaminated media, can be expected to penetrate through the material.

ISO 16604:2004 – Resistance to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using a bacteriophage

*This standard was last reviewed and confirmed in 2014. Therefore this version remains current.

The “virus” test and classification are the same as ISO 16603, the only difference being that contaminant used is a bacteriophage (Phi-X-174) instead of synthetic blood. A bacteriophage is a virus that infects and replicates within a bacterium. The bacteriophage serves as a surrogate to stimulate viruses that are pathogenic to humans. It determines the maximum pressure (between 0 and 20 kPa) on a specimen to be tested during 5 minutes.

ISO 22610:2018 – Resistance to penetration by biologically contaminated liquids

*Previously ISO 22610:2006.

The test method involves superimposing the bacterial-contaminated donor material onto the test material and subjecting it to mechanical rubbing. During 75 minutes, the sample is exposed to a bacterial contamination under a light mechanical charge and humid.

ISO 22611 – Resistance to penetration by biologically contaminated liquid aerosols

A bacterium solution (Staphylococcus Aureus) suspended in an aerosol is sprayed onto both unprotected cellulose-nitrate membrane and one covered with the test material (the pore size of the membrane is approx. 0.45 μm). Both membranes are subsequently analyzed to establish their bacterial load. In order to classify the results, the penetration ratio (ratio of the load of the unprotected membrane to the load of the protected membrane) is calculated in log units.

ISO 22612:2005 – Resistance to penetration by biologically contaminated solid particles

*This standard was last reviewed and confirmed in 2014. Therefore this version remains current.

A pre-sterilized material specimen is fixed in the test apparatus and administered with contaminated (Bacillus Subtilis) talcum powder. An agar plate is placed underneath, and the test assembly is shaken. The particles which penetrate are analyzed after incubation of the agar plate, whereby a non-contaminated test specimen serves as control. The results (mean values from 10 single results at a given time) are measured in penetration log units.

ULTITEC offers industry protective clothing against biological hazards from TYPE 3-B to TYPE 6-B, namely ULTITEC 2000, ULTITEC 3000T, ULTITEC 4000 and ULTITEC 5000, which performance levels exceed WHO protective clothing specification option 1 for Ebola infection control.

As a conclusion, operators are encouraged to wear appropriate protective clothing in workplace especially in above mentioned industry sectors. This is to ensure sufficient healthcare protection against infective agents which may result in potential diseases with consideration of infective agents, exposure levels, work nature, infection risk and fabric barrier performance. Moreover, performance evaluation of the protective clothing based on these international and industry standards will assist in overall risk assessment, to become a standard in minimizing the risk of workplace infection.

Reference:

  1. RESISTANCE TO INFECTIVE AGENTS EN14126:2003
  2. Standards catalogue: 13.340.10 – Protective clothing
  3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Safety and Health Topics / Biological Agents
  4. OSH WIKI: Biological Agents

 

Protection for Ten Years, ULTITEC Committed to Occupational Safety

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We are pleased to announce that year 2019 is the 10th year anniversary celebration for ULTITEC. Throughout these years, we strictly maintain “Ultimate Protection” goal for sustainable development of protective clothing in ensuring occupational safety of frontline operators. In addition to the continuous improvement of product features in response to latest safety standard, we also encouraged frontline operators to have self-protection mindset through education promotion in preventing public security disasters.

In the past ten years, ULTITEC has achieved great accomplishment in the industry. It has become “the most appropriate protective clothing in Asia and Middle East market” based on international safety certification, cost-effective and high comfortability. This achievement is due to the efforts given by our global partners in 24 countries or regions, through their promotion assistance, ULTITEC protective clothing being distributed successfully to more than 40 countries.

Besides creating brand value based on great protection, comfortability and durability, we do adhere to three major aspects of “Responsible Manufacturing”, “Building Global Partnership” and “Good Health and Welfare” among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations. Through cooperation with end users, distributors, suppliers and teammates, we actively promote the brand mission of “Act without fear!” which frontline operators can perform daily tasks safely in a workplace full of hazardous substances without worries.

Last but not least, we themed this celebration “10 Year Anniversary: You bring out the best in us”, as we realized substantial growth of ULTITEC is due to immense efforts by everyone. Hence, a series of event will be ongoing namely: distributor thanksgiving feedback, technical service consultation, occupational safety training, product upgrades and others. I sincerely appreciate your contribution in making ULTITEC a successful brand, let us continue to uphold ” Seeking the Common Good” principle and move together towards astonishing future.

10 Year Anniversary: You bring out the best in us

Jason Lin, General Manager

 

Recognition of ULTITEC in ASEAN and South Asia

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The “New Southbound Policy” is one of the most important policies of the Taiwan government at this stage. Its core objective is to reposition Taiwan’s economic development direction and momentum in the new stage of Asia and create a more valuable and important economic and trade strategy. ULTITEC has entered its 10th year and has partners in ASEAN and South Asia, closely promoting the importance of choosing suitable protective clothing and gradually stabilizing in the personal protective equipment (PPE) market with high quality, reasonable pricing and international certification.

Recently, General Manager Jason Lin was invited to the “Taiwan’s New South-oriented Achievements and Prospects Symposium” hosted by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and implemented by the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research to carry out “New Southbound Policy Experience Sharing Seminar”. Besides sharing ULTITEC’s market layout, international rescue application cases and brand appeals, also focuses on the importance of establishing partnerships with distributors, emphasizing the need to understand local culture, tailoring market management strategies and management methods. “Leaders’ enthusiasm for branding is the reason of ULTITEC’s sustainable operation, while our distributors are the key to market expansion.” The nearly one-hour experience sharing not only enabled the participants to understand and support the “New Southbound Policy”, but also deepened the willingness of SMEs to expand internationally.

Outbreaks of African Swine Fever could Spill into Southeast Asia Protective Clothing Needed for Disease Control

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China’s recent outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in its domesticated pigs has been spreading widely since first emerging in August. As the world’s largest pig producer, this epidemic is disastrous as over 40,000 pigs have died or culled, and millions been inspected at farms, markets and abattoirs across China. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one of the most worrying features of ASF is it can spread over long distances, thus neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are at extremely high risk.

According to CIRAD, the virus carries huge impacts especially devastating socioeconomic consequences towards Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, which have large pig industries. Vietnam is probably at highest risk, considering its common border with China and significant trade between the two countries. Thailand may be less vulnerable if it takes strict biosecurity measures, while insularity could protect the Philippines.

No Cure but Not a Direct Health Risk to Humans

ASF is caused by virus infection that affects only wild and domestic pigs, with no vaccine available. Infection causes skin rash, severe internal bleeding and accumulation of fluid in pig’s lungs. The virus can survive for months in chilled or frozen meat, resulting major threat to food biosecurity, but human consumption of infected pork is harmless as cooking inactivates the virus. Illegal movement of pigs or pork products across borders, improper disposal of food waste at entry ports, swill feeding, and illegal sale of infected pigs all contribute to wider spread of ASF.

Raise Preparedness for Disease Control and Management

The most urgent action needed now is to ensure neighboring countries to prepare for incursion of ASF. The effective measures are:

  1. Enforcement of strict quarantine and biosecurity
  2. Animal movement restrictions and culling infected or exposed herds
  3. Cleaning and disinfection of infected properties

Monitoring surrounding pig farms in preventing secondary outbreaks

Operators are encouraged to wear appropriate protective clothing during disinfection for healthcare concern. ULTITEC 2000 and ULTITEC 3000T are recommended protective suits against liquid splash or particulate and biological agents, due to the premium microporous fabric offers an outstanding barrier against wide range of chemical liquids, blood, body fluid and infective agents. They have met DIN 32781 requirement for protection against pesticides while maintaining comfortability. Besides, their performance is proven for disease control and exceed WHO standard as they have been applied for Ebola infection control previously.

With the above concern, we strongly encourage people in Southeast Asia to have emergency preparedness plans from now onwards. Due to the current virus strain that entered China is highly virulent, it is important to reduce further spread from the same source. Do keep an eye on international updates while try to figure out where and when the virus might make an entry.

ULTITEC In Response to Rapid Growth of PPE Market at TAIWAN EXPO 2018

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It is the 10th anniversary for ULTITEC and we took a great leap forward before the year ends. Taiwan Expo Exhibition 2018 themed “Connect Taiwan, Connect the World” has become international flagship platform for interaction between ASEAN and Southeast Asia countries since the inception of Taiwan government’s “New Southbound Policy”.

ULTITEC chose to participate in both India and Malaysia outings due to published TechSci Research report “India Personal Protection Equipment Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”, PPE market in India is forecast to grow at a fast pace during year 2015 until 2020. Automotive sector is anticipated to continue dominance over the next few years. While from “Malaysia Oil & Gas Q4 2018” market research report by Fitch Solutions, several large-scale gas projects are materializing and a string of projects will boost Malaysia’s natural gas production over the coming four years.

From educational perspective, attendees managed to have deep awareness on importance of industrial protective clothing and selection of appropriate ULTITEC garment for respective applications under our team’s professional advice. We believe that ULTITEC series will be more widely applied in automobiles, oil & gas industry etc. in future, with ultimate protection particularly from ULTITEC 1000L, ULTITEC 2000 and ULTITEC 4000. Together with global partners we made mission of “Allow every front-line operator to get home safely and resume working the next day” coming true.