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How to Choose an Appropriate Type 5 and Type 6 Protective Clothing

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There are different Type 5 and Type 6 CE-certified protective clothing on the market. Some of them have the best economic option, while others claim better protection feature. Users shall therefore make an extra effort to find an appropriate protective clothing among a wide range of options. Are there any tips to choose which protective clothing is the appropriate one for you?

There are 2 facts below that you should first know before selecting appropriate Type 5 and Type 6 protective clothing.

  1. Protection Purpose

This is the essential part. When you first select Type 5 and Type 6 protective clothing, do you know that Type 5 and Type 6 certifications are applied for different protection purposes and scenarios? A quick introduction to these 2 certifications is provided below.

Type 5 Certification: Dry Particle Suits
Based on Regulation EN ISO 13982-1:2004 + A1:2010, the performance requirements for chemical protective clothing include full body protection against airborne solid particles.

Type 6 Certification: Reduced Spray Suits
Based on Regulation EN 13034:2005 + A1:2009, the performance requirements for chemical protective clothing involve limited protection against liquid chemicals.

Picture 1: Brief Introduction of Type 5 and Type 6 Protective Clothing

Certifications of Type 5 and Type 6 are applied for various protection purposes and coverage of protective clothing. Type 6 coverall is more fitting if you are suffering a hazardous liquid spray risk environment. On the other hand, Type 5 coverall should then be considered if the environmental risk is related to harmful particulate matter.

  1. Fabric Structure

The fabric used for protective clothing is different in order to obtain protection for different purposes. In Type 5 and Type 6 certified protective clothing, there are two common fabric options in the market, one is Multi-layer SMS fabric, while the other is PP nonwoven with a Laminated Film.

The Multi-layer SMS fabric is a good choice for the protection of particulates. It has minimum 3 layers, and the middle layer, which provides good particulate filtration is known as melt-blown. The fabric also usually provides good air permeability.  For the wording SMS, it is the combination of fabric structures, which is Spunbond (S), Melt-blown (M) and Spunbond (S). Some suppliers may offer different combinations, namely SMMS or SMMSSMS. But after all, it is the melt-blown layer provides filtration features on hazardous particulates.

The other common fabric in the market is “Laminated Film on PP nonwoven”. With the microporous film, it provides protection against liquid or fluid penetration, such as water drip, mud, liquid spray or splash. It usually provides better protection for both particulate and liquid hazards compare with SMS fabric. Depending on the film formula and material technology, not only as a liquid barrier, while the microporous film also let the air or moisture can go through.

Table 1: Comparison between Multi-layer SMS and laminated film

On the other hand, if only limited liquid spray risk and hazardous particles are the main risks you are dealing, multi-layer SMS fabric coverall may be sufficient for you as you will appreciate its’ premium breathable wearing experience.As above comparison chart, protective clothing made by laminated film fabric is a better choice than Multi-layer SMS fabric in protection for both liquid and particles, especially when you are dealing with the risk in more liquid form.

Additional Certifications

In addition to particulate and liquid protection, some additional protection marks may be identified on protective clothing. To solve these ever-changing situations in the workplace, here are several additional certifications needed to be attended to.

 

     
EN 14126 EN 1073-2 EN 1149-5 DN32781
  1. EN 14126:2003 Against Biological Hazards
    It is a key standard for medical and disease control purposes in the workplace. The standard defines a set of specifications that requires 5 methods of testing to measure the fabric. These 5 different tests are included in the certification, and 4 out of 5 tests are tested in liquid form. Most SMS products cannot meet this standard. Only laminated film products are available.
  • ISO 16603: Resistance to penetration by blood/fluids
  • ISO 16604: Resistance to penetration by blood-borne pathogens
  • ISO 22610: Resistance to wet microbial penetration
  • ISO/DIS 22611: Resistance to liquid aerosol penetration
  • ISO 22612: Resistance to dry microbial penetration
  1. EN 1073-2:2002 Against Radioactive Contamination
    The standard has been developed to be applied to the nuclear industry without protection against ionizing radiation. With the whole suit particle protection level, the inward leakage test determines the barrier efficiency of the suit when the defined particulate size is challenged.
  2. EN 1149-5:2018 Anti-Static
    The standard specifies a set of requirements and test methods for assessing the protection of the fabric against static electricity or decay. The anti-static ability can be added to both types of fabric structures. The electrostatic resistance is required when the wearer is exposed to conditions where the sparks could cause explosions or ignition.
  3. DIN 32781:2010 Against Pesticides
    The test standard applies to chemical penetration, fabric strength and ergonomic criteria. It includes EN 14786, which simulates liquid drug spraying. 5 different pesticides are tested to ensure full safety against pesticides, including U46-D-Fluid (BASF), Pirimor Granulat (Syngenta), Amistar (Syngenta), Betanal Expert (Bayer) and Folicur (Bayer).  Some laminated film fabric coveralls in the market do meet and offer this standard for those agriculture application users.

Choose an Appropriate Type 5 and Type 6 Protective Clothing

After reviewing the above 2 facts and the requirement for additional certifications, you will be aware of the details to be focused on Type 5 and Type 6 protective clothing.

The advantages of protective clothing made of Laminated Film are better protection in both liquid and particulates. Therefore, it can be adopted under most working conditions. However, if the breathability is more concerned and the work risk assessment does not require the protection of premium liquids and particulates, the Multi-layer SMS fabric may be more suitable for this situation.

The structure of the fabric should not be the only factor in the selection of protective clothing, additional certifications are just as important. Please keep in mind that knowing the risk you are dealing with before entering the workplace is crucial. Then choose an appropriate coverall to protect yourself to make sure you could go home safely.

ULTITEC APP: Arabic is Officially Online

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To provide a premium service and continuous support to our exclusive partner, ULTITEC recently officially launched the Arabic language on ULTITEC APP to help you refresh the product knowledge and connect with local end-users easily.

How to get the Arabic language on ULTITEC APP?

  1. Simply update ULTITEC APP on APP Store or Google Play to Ver: 1.2.1
  2. Set the language to Arabic, then you can start to explore the ULTITEC APP and share the product insights with your clients conveniently.

Also, remember to log in and unlock ULTITEC APP for getting valuable competitor analysis and product training videos!

A More User-Friendly Data Center Is Ready for You

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ULTITEC has constantly strived to provide our exclusive partner for premium marketing support. Previously, we have highlighted the advantages of Data Center, our marketing collateral online platform in “24/7 File Helper at your fingertips!”, which including saving your time for organizing files as well as obtaining the most accurate marketing files at any time and anywhere.

Recently, in order to improve the user experience, we have updated the layout of the Data Center, and the new classifications will be easier for you to find the right marketing or product file you would like to find.

A quick brief of 4 classifications on Data Center:

  1. Branding Collaterals
  2. Marketing Collaterals
  3. 中文素材 (Marketing Collaterals in Chinese Version)
  4. Product Pages

Data Center Map:

Now you can find EDM and White Paper in

  • Marketing Collaterals > Sales Kits :

– All types of EDM and White Paper, and EDM will be classified in 6 categories as the map showed above

  • Product Page:

-The EDM or White Paper which is related to the product

  • 中文素材 (Chinese Marketing Collaterals):

– Chinese EDM and White Paper

 

Click here and log in Data Center to get the up-to-date ULTITEC marketing materials and product files and get ready to explore the adventure now!

Flying soon? Get Full Protected with ULTITEC Now

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Although the COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, some travelers still need to fly for work or return to their countries. During the flight, in addition to the gears of masks, goggles, gloves, and hand sanitizer, there are still many risks that may cause infection.

As a CE certified protective clothing brand, ULTITEC provides  Must-Have Items ULTITEC 2000 as below and ensure you get enough protection during air travel.

Since the brand launched in 2008, ULTITEC has consistently adhered to the faith of letting end-users ‘Go Home Safely’. With ULTITEC, travelers will be fully protected and travel to their destinations safely.

Christmas Greetings from ULTITEC

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To our esteemed Partner,

It has been an honor to work with you, and we could not have made it through 2020 without you! In warm appreciation of your support during the past year, we extend our best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Merry Christmas!

Season’s greetings from the team at DEREKDUCK.

ULTITEC’s New Supporting Graphic “Invincible Armor” Shows the Absolute Confidence in Protection

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Since the outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, ULTITEC not only continued to conduct protective clothing-related training for distributors and end-users but also actively reviewed how to optimize our brand image. To strengthen the brand image and make the brand’s visual identity more complete, we released a new supporting graphic, which is widely used in the design of marketing materials, official websites, EDM, etc.

The design concepts of “Invincible Armor”

1. Symbolize ULTITEC protective clothing is like a solid shield

Derived from Iron Man, the only one that does not have extraordinary powers among the superheroes of Marvel, and he successfully protected the people from various threats by continuously enhancing the armor. It symbolizes the frontline operators wear ULTITEC protective clothing will be protected completely like wearing invincible armor. Even though they work in hazardous environments, they can return home safely after tasks are completed.

2. Express ULTITEC’s wholehearted protection

The graphic is constructed based on an overlap of two hands, and it expanded from the middle to the outside. It conveys ULTITEC’s mind of protecting the end-users from the bottom of the heart as always.

3. Echo the origin of the brand

“Invincible armor” is also originated from ULTITEC’s brand name “ULTIMATE” “PROTECTION”. With ULTITEC’s ultimate protection, end-users can “Act without fear!

Applications of supporting graphics:

Website

Facebook Banner

Marketing premiums

Invitation

ULTITEC pledges to be the invincible armor for end-users, and we invite you to spread our brand spirit of “Act without fear!” and protect every frontline operator around the world so that those heroes can go home safely after completing their tasks.

ULTITEC Shone at Healthcare+ EXPO and Successfully Promoted “Proper Donning & Doffing”

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ULTITEC participated in the 2020 Healthcare+ EXPO, which was the largest medical professional exhibition after the outbreaks of the COVID-19 epidemic in Taiwan. There were 500 exhibitors, institutions and enterprises in medical, electronic information, technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical materials industries. ULTITEC exhibited in the category of “Infectious Disease Prevention & Control” and featured “protective clothing for epidemic prevention”. Throughout the exhibition from December 3rd to 6th, ULTITEC gained many professionals and end-users’ inquiries and positive feedbacks.

As the only protective clothing brand in Taiwan that has obtained CE certification for the full range of products, ULTITEC showcased top-selling products ULTITEC 2000 and ULTITEC 3000T, which were not only adopted by the frontline operators of Taiwan and other governments for disease control but also applied in medical, aviation, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. ULTITEC attracted great attention from many end-users, biotechnology and trading companies.

Since ULTITEC was launched in 2008, we have been committed to advocating “Proper Donning & Doffing” to the public, end-users, and distributors. At the exhibition, ULTITEC demonstrated proper donning and doffing to the visitors so that they can experience the whole process and keep it in mind easily. By promoting the proper donning & doffing process, the potential risks will be minimized for those who may need protective clothing for taking flight recently or working in hazardous environments. This campaign was successful and gained a great number of positive feedbacks from the participators.

After the epidemic, ULTITEC will continue to help the world rise stronger, and show the world that “ULTITEC Can Help!”

ULTITEC on HSME Magazine: Leveraging Appropriate PPE Battling This Pandemic – And the Next One

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In 2020, the outbreaks of COVID-19 has forced the frontline operators to battle with the pandemic with enormous risks. ULTITEC protective clothing has made its significant presence all over the world during this battle, and we are delighted to share this article,  reported on Health and Safety Middle East (HSME) Magazine in October 2020 issue with you. 

 

In the last few months, the world has witnessed a series of outbreaks of COVID-19. Frontline operators ranged from medical personnel, police officers, chemical or biological center teams, soldiers, etc. have put their lives on the line to help the world despite great risks.

During this battle, many of them were not getting appropriate and sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This issue became rising mental anguish, as this could potentially lead to infectious disease exposure.

ULTITEC believed these frontline operators will need appropriate protection more than anything else, no matter for now or in the future. Without them, the country is not going to work. According to a recent market research study, the protective clothing market is expected to hit USD 3.6 billion by 2024, with a CAGR of 6.5 percent from USD 2.6 billion by 2019. ULTITEC is one of the six profiled key market players that stood out as the only Asia representative in the survey.

In the case of infectious disease, protective clothing with EN 14126 approved is a safer option to provide frontline operators with 360-degree body protection. This is due to potential infection risks might come from any directions, thus the protective coverage zone should cover the entire body which includes the head, arms, back and lower legs. Although gown is also one of the protective equipment, it is intended only to avoid frontal contamination, the area above and below the chest or behind the back is exposed and may cause possible infections.

To determine EN 14126, you can first identify via wording “-B” behind the “TYPE” classification, namely “TYPE 3-B”, “TYPE 4-B”, “TYPE 5-B” or “TYPE 6-B”. You might further focus on respective test methods ISO 16603 (Resistance to penetration by blood/body fluids), ISO 16604 (Resistance to penetration by blood-borne pathogens) and ISO/DIS 22611 (Resistance to liquid aerosol penetration) according to your job specification in a particular working environment.

“The Hazmat suits are part of Shell’s PPE materials for staff and the suits have an outstanding barrier against biological hazards and are suitable for H1N1 Influenza management, Ebola Virus and Covid-19 disease control”, said Philippines Shell’s Vice President for Manufacturing JP Groot-Wassink. “It is our responsibility to ensure frontline operators to ‘Act without fear!’ in their daily tasks. We want them to go home safely and resume working the next day.” said Jason Lin, Managing Director of ULTITEC.

ULTITEC protective clothing has made its significant presence all over the world. They were approved and recognized by Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar Governments in their disease control operations. ULTITEC partners also carried out Corporate Social Responsibility moments by protective clothing donation to frontline operators as their occupational safety shield against COVID-19. We respect and value frontline operators as national assets in any pandemic battle.

ULTITEC is abided to Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and equipped with CE certified of both Module B and Module D. Please contact us for any further information.

If you need any further assistance, please contact derekduck@derekduck.com.

Dengue and COVID-19: Safe Cleaning & Disinfection Guidance for Double Dangers

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In recent years, there are two largest epidemics, Dengue Fever and the COVID-19, which occurred across Latin America. The Dengue fever epidemic has started in late 2018, whereas the COVID-19 has begun in early 2020 and both are still lasting. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in 2019, Dengue caused over 3 million infections in the Americas with more than 1,500 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne disease and transmitted to humans by female mosquitoes from the species Aedes aegypti. People who are infected by the Dengue virus will have severe joint pain so that Dengue fever is also colloquially called breakbone fever. To control and prevent Dengue, the most effective solution is reducing the population of mosquitoes and keeping the environment sanitized for eliminating the breeding sites.

The Novel Coronavirus which caused COVID-19 is transmitted between people directly or indirectly through contaminated objects or surfaces by infected physical contact and respiratory droplets. For minimizing the risks of being infected by indirect contact with humans, cleaning and disinfecting are practical ways.

Figure 1: Cleaning and disinfection to ensure flight cabin safety. (Photo credit to: Jakarta Globe)

As the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 has pulled global attention and resources away, even some actions to reduce COVID-19 can contribute to a rise in dengue cases. For instance, the mandated lockdowns have resulted in most of the cases of transmission by mosquitoes occurred since people spend more time staying at home, where is an ideal environment for dengue’s transmission. However, there is one similar and effective action that can be taken for preventing both epidemics i.e. cleaning and disinfecting of the environment.

Some people would use clean water and soap for cleaning; however, other people tend to utilize the chemical detergent to sterilize at the same time. With a wide range of cleaner and various chemical formulation, it is strongly recommended that the users shall always wear gloves or masks while cleaning.

Furthermore, protective clothing is suggested for the frontline operators to wear while doing the cleaning and disinfection tasks in the potentially contaminated work environment since their skin could be at the risks of exposure to the chemical fine fog or contaminated objects during the cleaning process. Therefore, the frontline operators shall be equipped with gloves, masks, and protective clothing for avoiding contact with risky objects while cleaning and disinfecting at the workplace.

Table 1: Difference between Cleaning and Disinfection

Here is the guideline for selecting an appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfection.

1. Chemical liquid-resistant material

Having a chemical and liquid resistant material for PPE plays an important role for the frontline operators since most cleaning agents come in liquid form and the precautions to prevent skin exposure from chemical substances can be taken in this way. The related PPE standards can be referred to the EN 13034 Type 6 and DIN 32781 certifications which are relevant standards under the liquid process.

EN 13034, Type 6 Reduced Spray Suits

The suits that protect against light spray and splashes of liquid from chemicals which are omnidirectional spray or the build-up of fluid on the suit as well as the fine mist of droplets in the atmosphere.

DIN 32781, Against pesticides

The test standard covers requirements in chemical penetration, fabric strength and ergonomics. It includes EN 14786, which simulates liquid spray of drugs. Besides, there are five different pesticides, including U46-D-Fluid (BASF), Pirimor Granulat (Syngenta), Amistar (Syngenta), Betanal Expert (Bayer) and Folicur (Bayer) are tested to ensure protection against pesticides.

If the cleaner contains highly toxic chemicals, or the volume is heavier than normal use, you may consider a more strict standard for the coverall.

EN 14605  Type 4 Spray Tight Suits

Suits which can protect against saturation of liquid chemical, where the volume of the liquid builds up on the suit forming pools, resulting in rivulets. It requires a barrier fabric and sealed seam

2. Durable and safe design

The PPE used in cleaning and disinfection should be durable because many kinds of protective gear will be equipped at the same time. Check cleaner’s labels and Safety Data Sheets (if available) to know the potential hazards. Durable material may resist breaking or crack while the operator is executing the tasks and requiring a bigger movement such as squat down and so on. To ensure the safety level, it is better to pay more attention to the Data Sheet for understanding the basic physical properties of the fabric, such as abrasion resistance, flex abilities, and seam strength, etc. In this way, it will help the wearers select the appropriate fabric of protective clothing for their work environment. 

On the other hand, there are three safe designs of protective clothing that shall be considered to keep the liquid chemicals away from the skin or body during the working process. Firstly, the frontline operators can select protective suits with attached hood for head protection. Secondly, the safe design of the elasticated wrist and ankle can be ensured to fit the body shape, which reduces the risks of contacting the liquid chemicals from the gap between clothing and skin. Thirdly, the storm flap which covers the zipper shall also be taken into consideration since it can prevent liquid penetration from the zipper. Fourthly, for some highly toxic detergents, the seams should be sealed with adhesive tape to avoid contact with the skin.  Thus, the more features of clothing design for preventing liquid; the safer the protective clothing would be.

3. Comfort and breathability

In addition to the functional points of view above, a comfortable wearing experience would be another advantage for selecting protective clothing while cleaning and disinfecting. For example, the fabric with both liquid-proof and breathability features would be a better option than a liquid-proof only fabric. The breathability will allow body heat to pass through the fabric to prevent the heatstroke illness, especially while the wearers are doing lots of exercise during disinfection.

The ergonomic design can also make a huge improvement in comfort. A head shape fitting hood can cover most of the head area and match the respirators on the face. The elasticated waist is just like a waistbelt for a one-piece suit to modify the curve around the waist and reduce the difficulty of hand movement. An ample crotch of pants allows extra space when stride or squat.

Figure 2: Operators wear appropriate protective clothing and other PPE for environmental disinfection.
(Photo credit to: Eleven Media Group)

Conclusion

Nowadays, most frontline operators wear regular clothes and masks to perform cleaning and disinfection tasks. To protect operators who use chemicals for cleaning and disinfection, ensure that they all know how to select appropriate protective clothing and keep the guidelines in mind through safety plan as well as consistently practice for cleaning and disinfection. Besides, some cleaning chemicals may cause various health and safety issues, hence please select the proven formula cleaner and also note that limited-use PPE must be removed and discarded as soon as the cleaning or disinfecting tasks are completed due to the risk of chemical exposure. Furthermore, remember that always read the spec sheet and follow the instruction of the product to ensure the protection level has covered the risk level. All in all, a healthy and pleasant frontline operator may make the environment cleaner and safer in return!

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