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No Counterfeiting Statement

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First of all, we would like to thank all distributors and users who care for us. Since our establishment in 1992, DEREKDUCK INDUSTRIES CORP. (referred to as DEREKDUCK) has been “ensure frontline operators to go home safely and come back to work the next day”. The protective clothing produced by DEREKDUCK complies with CE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. The company’s mission and core values adhere to “providing appropriate protective clothing for every user.”

Due to the recent pandemic situation of COVID-19, the global demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has surged. DEREKDUCK has found many counterfeit products that have not obtained the company’s authorized consent and are not accurate. In order to protect the rights and interests of consumers, the following statements are made:

  1. Protective clothing produced by DEREKDUCK will appear with the company’s full name DEREKDUCK INDUSTRIES CORP.
  2. Regular collar style on DEREKDUCK’s protective clothing:

Please be vigilant when purchasing epidemic prevention PPE and identify qualified products to ensure your own rights. If DEREKDUCK finds that any counterfeit goods confuse the market, in order to protect DEREKDUCK’s goodwill and consumer rights and interests, DEREKDUCK will immediately report to the police and investigate the civil and criminal liability of the infringer.

If you have any questions regarding the product, please feel free to contact derekduck@derekduck.com or our service line + 886-2-2550-8856.

COVID-19: What Can You Do to Protect Yourself

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread globally from person-to-person, included Asia, Europe and North America, etc. Due to this is an emerging public health threat, preventive measures are important for frontline operators who are first line responders dealing with infective agents.

We can start by selecting appropriate protective clothing and ensure proper donning and doffing procedures being applied in the workplace to prevent occupational safety incidents.

Appropriate Protective Clothing for COVID-19

ULTITEC 1800, ULTITEC 1800T, ULTITEC 2000, ULTITEC 3000T and ULTITEC 4000 can be applied for protection against biological hazards with EN 14126 certifications.

Human-to-human transmission was confirmed for COVID-19. Frontline operators can easily get infected by contacting infectious respiratory droplets and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. ULTITEC encouraged on proper donning and doffing, while DOFFING IS MORE IMPORTANT to prevent secondary infection!

Proper Donning Procedures (*Partial display only)

Proper Doffing Procedures (*Partial display only)

You can view full video here and by opening subtitles, you can switch from English to various languages.  Consult our team at derekduck@derekduck.com if you need further assistance.

ULTITEC Played Significant Role During COVID-19

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Taiwan has earned international media attention namely “How Taiwan Has Been Able to Keep COVID-19 at Bay”, “We Can Learn from Taiwan on How to Fight Coronavirus” and others. ULTITEC was proud to be part of it to ensure frontline operators wear appropriate protective clothing and back home safely after the mission has been completed.

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As ULTITEC’s promise of “Act without fear!”, we would like to share some touching photoshoot moments with our valued partners that ULTITEC has greatly secured Taiwan in our own way and expertise. During evacuation flights operation from Wuhan, ranging from ground crew to medical personnel, ULTITEC 2000 became an occupational safety shield against COVID-19.

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In this intense moment of COVID-19, we are well aware that everyone is implementing first-level responses to PPE requirements. While continuous spread will challenge our ability to cope calmly with the situation, we believe that using our expertise will proactively mitigate these negative impacts. Thanks for your efforts in assisting ULTITEC in protecting frontline operators together all around the world.

Image Source: Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Understanding EN 14126:2003 for Battle Against COVID-19

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World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that COVID-19 was a “very high” risk of pandemic to be taken seriously. In order to avoid misappropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during this battle, it is time to take a good look at EN 14126:2003, which is the standard specifies a set of requirements and test methods to measure the fabric protection against infective agents.

EN 14126:2003 includes 5 test methods to determine the protection class against several specific biological hazards listed as the following:

Test Method Test Description Contaminant Used
ISO 16603 Resistance to penetration by blood/body fluids Synthetic blood
ISO 16604 Resistance to penetration by blood-borne pathogens Bacteriophage

(Phi-X-174)

ISO 22610 Resistance to wet microbial penetration Biologically contaminated liquids

(Staphylococcus Aureus)

ISO/DIS 22611 Resistance to liquid aerosol penetration Biologically contaminated liquid aerosols

(Staphylococcus Aureus)

ISO 22612 Resistance to dry microbial penetration Biologically contaminated solid particles

(Bacillus Subtilis)

COVID-19 belongs to the Coronaviruses family, with size of approximately 0.125 microns. From the above contaminants, Phi-X-174 (0.027 microns) is the only contaminant which smaller than COVID-19. Hence, if the protective clothing passes ISO 16604 with a relatively high protection class, it means that it has a higher protection level.

If you are frontline medical personnel, you might focus on ISO/DIS 22611. Earlier in February, China admitted that aerosol transmission is possible. It could happen when the patient sneezes hard or when you are exposed to high aerosol concentrations in an enclosed environment for a long time, such as inserting respiratory tube during medical procedures, which causes a burst of mass aerosols.

In a conclusion, during the selection of protective clothing against COVID-19, you can first identify EN 14126:2003 certification via wording “-B” behind “TYPE” classification, namely “TYPE 3-B”, “TYPE 4-B” and “TYPE 5-B” in ULTITEC product series. Once identified the protection capability against infective agents, do take a closer look at respective test results according to your job specification in particular working environment.

What Had ULTITEC Achieved in INTERSEC 2020?

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ULTITEC participated in INTERSEC for the 11th consecutive year to ensure appropriate protective clothing being used during the garment selection process in Middle East regions. This world-leading security and safety exhibition held from 19 until 21 January 2020, with more than 1,100 exhibitors from 50 countries at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ULTITEC showcased a wide range of protective clothing used by oil & gas, aviation, construction, and automotive professionals. International conglomerates and local companies such as Shell Qatar, Qatargas, Dolphin Energy Limited, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem) and others are widely using this range of technical textiles.

In the ULTITEC world, all frontline operators come home safe. With more than 10 years of occupational safety experience, we are doing more than just providing protective clothing. We are committed to build comprehensive safety training services to ensure frontline operators not only wear their protective gear, but also understand how to work safely.

Throughout the exhibition, ULTITEC gained attention mostly from Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa, Iran and Ukraine  visitors. Positive feedbacks well gained from them regarding our few advanced services namely ULTITEC Selection App, Donning and Doffing Animated Video, Data Center and Online Product Training Videos.

ULTITEC has the honor to be featured on a video interview at our special design stand. “ULTITEC encouraged appropriate selection of protective clothing, but human decision-making will have different varieties of ambiguity. This App will assist selection based on Occupational Risk, CE Certification, Additional Standard and ULTITEC Product Line.” General Manager Jason Lin advised on how to “Act without fear!” by wearing appropriate protective clothing and using assistance tools.

DEREKDUCK Stands by Your Side in Battle Against Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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In conjunction with nations-wide outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), DEREKDUCK is concerned that many provinces and cities have implemented first-level responses to this public health emergency. We fully understood that frontline operators were in urgent needs to replenish the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) defense setup in disease prevention and control.

DEREKDUCK is currently working closely with our distributors and clients worldwide to deal with product supply issues. Besides fulfilling market demands, to adhere to our corporate vision of “You are safe with us!”, we also strictly ensure our protective clothing to maintain quality control to assist frontline operators to fight against this battle.

Here are what have been done by us:

  1. DEREKDUCK has set up a dedicated team to manage the special needs of PPE products and ensure our team will provide you with utmost professional assistance throughout the process.
  2. DEREKDUCK is speeding up production status according to our factory’s capability and local governance restrictions to provide requested protective clothing in the most urgent areas as soon as possible.
  3. DEREKDUCK is fully attentive to product quality assurance even in this emergency situation as protective clothing should be fully functional and meet latest PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.

DEREKDUCK is also closely monitoring the working and health status of every valued team member who is working together with us. This is part of Corporate Social Responsibility that has to be taken care of.

We believed by standing together with our Clients, Distributors, Suppliers and Employees, we can fight through this pandemic battle together!

 

From all of us,

DEREKDUCK INDUSTRIES CORP.

What Protective Clothing Is Appropriate for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease Control ?

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as the cause of a pneumonia outbreak first detected in Wuhan, China. The virus spread globally from person-to-person, included Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam etc. according to  COVID-19 Situation Summary released by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ULTITEC offers Type 3 to Type 6 protective clothing certified by the latest PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.  Namely ULTITEC 1800, ULTITEC 1800T, ULTITEC 2000, ULTITEC 3000T, and ULTITEC 4000, which all meet EN14126 standard to make sure frontline operators are safe dealing with Novel Coronavirus.

Appropriate Protective Clothing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Don’t Get Burned by Hydrofluoric Acid Toxicity

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According to the Taiwan National Poison Center, 324 cases of Hydrofluoric Acid poisoning occurred from 1991 to 2010, occupational causes account for 80% of the poisoning and mainly due to skin exposure. Of the cases analyzed, 61% are in the semiconductor industry, 15% are in the cleaning industry, 13% are in the chemical or metal industry and the remaining 11% are in other industries.

If after finishing your job, your fingers are red, swollen and painful, do you or your colleague have the ability to respond to emergencies? The discomfort intensified after a few hours and became blue-gray or black necrosis. Is it too late for life savings? Do you know the appropriate protective measures to avoid such regrets instead of facing occupational safety disasters?

What is Hydrofluoric Acid?

Hydrofluoric acid (HF), which termed as ‘The Bone Seeker’, has been used in glass etching, rust removal, petroleum refining, tanning and dyeing since mass production in 1931. It has become an indispensable raw material for the semiconductor industry and an important catalyst in the petrochemical process. Depending on its concentration, exposure to HF can cause death.

Is It Possible to Contact Hydrofluoric Acid in Daily Life?

HF can be found in household cleaning agents such as powerful detergents, home rust stain removers, metal cleaners and wheel cleaners. HF is also used to produce fluorocarbons used in aerosol sprays and in refrigerants. HF exposure usually is unintentional and often due to inadequate use of protective measures.

What Are the Appropriate Protective Measures Against Hydrofluoric Acid?

We can refer to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and national standards when selecting appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In addition to wearing protective clothing that passes the HF test, it is recommended to wear impermeable gloves, goggles, full face mask, or safety boots. Besides, the plumbed-in eyewash and shower equipment has to function normally, and physiological saline, Hexafluorine and calcium gluconate should be ready to respond to emergencies anytime.

What Harm Does Hydrofluoric Acid Cause to the Human Body?

HF is a weak acid but highly toxic and corrosive. The harm to the human body can be divided into the skin, respiratory tract, eye, and digestive tract. The main cause that contributes to a life-threatening situation is still skin exposure. There might be no obvious symptoms at the beginning, but if it is not treated in time, the black necrosis of the affected part must be amputated or even cause death.

Reference:

  1. Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor
  2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor
  3. Ming-Ling Wu, M.D. (2019). Taipei Veterans General Hospital Department of Clinical Toxicology & Occupational Medicine
  4. Corporate ESH Division (2019). Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC)

A New Coronavirus in Central China Has Infected Dozens

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Last Sunday (January 5), the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission confirmed 59 cases of unexplained viral pneumonia in Wuhan City. All patients were quarantined and there were no deaths reported. There was no proof of human-to-human transmission, but it could be due to a new coronavirus, the virus family that triggered the deadly outbreaks of SARS and MERS, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday (January 8).

WHO Risk Assessment and Advice

The symptoms reported were fever, with a few patients having difficulty in breathing, and chest radiographs showing invasive lesions of both lungs. WHO advised that public health measures and surveillance can refer to Infection Prevention and Control Guideline. Under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) section, appropriate use of PPE served to reduce the risks of transmission of respiratory pathogens.

Strengthen Outbreak Management and Emergency Response Systems

As a deadly epidemic outbreak such as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis has shown, an infectious disease could spread far in a matter of days without national borders. Although improving the country-level first line of defense is the cornerstone of the global health risk system, enhancing international capacity for preparedness, alertness, and response to outbreaks is a second vital component.

ULTITEC offers Type 3 to Type 6 protective clothing certified by the latest PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425, namely ULTITEC 2000, ULTITEC 3000T, and ULTITEC 4000. ULTITEC was selected to provide ultimate protection for frontline operators during the recent global disease control and management, namely EVD (Africa, New Zealand), H1N1 (Myanmar), and Avian Influenza (Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden).

 (Left)   ULTITEC 2000 and ULTITEC 3000T being applied during Myanmar H1N1 disinfection / XYZ News

(Right)  Frontline operators wore ULTITEC 2000 for Taiwan Avian Influenza culling operation / The Central News Agency

ULTITEC 1000FR Promotion Stories Sharing by ULTITEC Partner

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ULTITEC 1000FR is a flame-retardant treated coverall with Type 5 & 6 certification, protects frontline operators and their reusable flame-resistant suits from sparks and chemicals. Biewu International Trading W.L.L, our partner in Qatar, has succeeded in selling ULTITEC 1000FR to Qatar Shell and Qatar Gas (the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) company), hereby sharing their promoting experiences with us.

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ULTITEC 1000FR is approved by Qatar Shell since year 2015. Although there are other competitor products, Qatar Shell remains to choose ULTITEC 1000FR from contractors until now, mainly use for pre-commissioning services in cleaning and catalyst handling jobs. ULTITEC 1000FR will be wear on top of the flame-resistant garments such as N brand when working, which can further prolong the usage duration. Annual usage quantity from Qatar Shell is minimum 8,000 pieces.

Besides, ULTITEC 1000FR is also being used by Qatar Gas since year 2017 in shutdown services which includes cleaning and painting jobs. Qatar Gas recognized ULTITEC 1000FR on its material breathability and stitching seam construction compared with other similar competitor protective clothing, current annual usage is around 2,000 pieces. It is being wear on top of N brand thermal protective garment too.

Regarding products approval, Qatar Shell is comparatively easier as we have all the latest test certificates, while in Qatar Gas, it is quite tough as there are hundreds of PPE suppliers in Qatar approach for the same attempt and they generally do not entertain it. Both Qatar Shell and Qatar Gas will review contract every year. Although there is existence of other main competitors such as D brand, L brand and S brand, ULTITEC 1000FR is still stand out based on its great breathability, comfortability and protection level.

 

Best regards,

Mr. Sharfullah

General Manager, Biewu International Trading W.L.L

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