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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!

ULTITEC 3000T Promotion Stories by ULTITEC Partner

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Our partner in Pakistan, Haseen Habib Trading Private Limited, has successfully promoted ULTITEC 3000T to Engro Fertilizers, a renowned name in the fertilizer industry in Pakistan. As the largest manufacturer, importer and exporter of safety products in Pakistan, we are pleased to have this powerful partner to promote ULTITEC in their market.

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Engro Fertilizers is a fertilizer production company in Pakistan and a subsidiary of Engro Corporation. They hold a nationwide production and complete marketing infrastructure in producing fertilizer brands tailored for local cultivation demands.

The customer had been using the D brand and was already satisfied with it. We came up with ULTITEC vs. Market Equivalent Products marketing strategy by providing free samples of ULTITEC 3000T and proposed brand switching from the competitor.

We also offered extra services namely free shipping and hassle-free returns if a defect occurs to convince them. They did product analysis, inspected the coverall certification and ultimately chose ULTITEC 3000T with satisfaction. This process took place in December 2018 and, so far, ULTITEC 3000T has been well accepted with encouraging reviews.

ULTITEC 3000T was used by safety supervisors and workers in daily operations against urea, which is a colorless and odorless organic compound. Repeated or prolonged contact with urea on the skin may cause dermatitis, and high concentrations in the blood can be damaging. Therefore, they need a coverall to protect against these hidden occupational threats.

We are pleased that our efforts have paid off and successfully allowed ULTITEC coveralls to enter the fertilizer industry. We will continue to educate more users to select coveralls that best fit their workplace as “Better a thousand times careful than once dead. Be safe and smile”. We strongly believe that safety does not happen by accident, you must practice it!

Anas Zia, Sales Manager of Haseen Habib Trading Private Limited

 

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Coverall Selection Guide: Key Considerations of Users

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought a great impact on increasing the production of protective equipment to cope with the rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse of these protective gadgets. Since these are mainly for frontline operators to combat the coronavirus, there is a rise in stringent government regulations towards Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as life matters most.

From the past articles, we have been educating about the difference between gown and coverall, EN 14126 against infective agents, and The Golden Triangle Rules to go home safely. We shall now focus on the coverall construction details namely Garment Design, Fabric Technology and Seam Technology, as they are the key considerations related to comfort and functionality for working efficiency.

Garment Design of Coverall

The garment design can be considered as part of the coverall selection process, especially when certain features including closures will greatly affect protection. For example, a coverall with a front zipper closure could result in the compromise of barrier protection if the zipper used is not covered with a storm flap or adhesive tape that can be further sealed to the garment. This is especially important when biological hazards or contaminated fluids may come from many directions without notice. If your working mode requires major movement like squatting and crawling, you will need ample space through the crotch to prevent the rupture of the fabric.

Besides the front zipper and storm flap, 3-piece hoods are applied to the coverall for optimal head fit and smooth head movement. The 3-piece hoods have three pieces of fabric sewn together with two seams. The seams run from the back of the neck all the way to the front of the hood and are located on either side of what would be a centerline. The extra fabric piece and seam make the hood more form-fitting, comfortable and helps it stay in place better than the 2-piece design.

Figure 1. The ergonomic design applied for coverall

Fabric Technology of Coverall

An unprecedented rise in the COVID-19 pandemic has put the lives of frontline operators at high risk. These frontline heroes are suffering due to large-scale unavailability of PPE, majorly coveralls, or even if they have it, it is not made according to standards. According to our industry experience of nearly 30 years, we encourage users to pay attention to fabric physical properties, namely abrasion resistance, flex cracking resistance, trapezoidal tear resistance, tensile strength, puncture resistance, etc.

These fabric physical performances can be a reference point during the selection of appropriate protective clothing for your workplace. For example, flex cracking resistance is important for industrial applications, as the daily tasks can be very physical and need hard-wearing coveralls. Thus, the flexibility of the fabric should become a key consideration for users. Their work situations will need to wear coveralls for long hours and the fabric will be flexed and creased through the day in conjunction with their working movements. Therefore, it is necessary to have a coverall made from fabric that is not likely to crack and thus provide a weak point for penetration of potentially harmful particulates or liquids.

 

Chart 1. Flex cracking resistance comparison among key market players

During this pandemic, besides educating on fabric physical performances, we have been communicating to users that instead of fabric weight, users should concern more about the protection capabilities. Because we have a full series of coveralls, and they might look the same at the first glance, knowing more about the differentiation becomes especially important to get appropriate protection against your potential hazards in the workplace. Even though they might be classified as the same Type certification, their protection level might differ when running into the same hazards.

Chart 2. Comparison of coveralls based on the protection level

If there are two coveralls with similar Type 5 certification, when particulate protection is needed, ULTITEC 1000L is sufficient. But if liquid protection is needed, ULITEC 2000 is a more appropriate option. If the liquid involves pesticides, a coverall with DIN 32781 certification is required during the pesticide spraying process. Moreover, if your workplace may encounter biological hazards, CE certification of EN 14126 against infective agents will become a key factor in coverall selection.

Seam Technology of Coverall

Besides garment design and fabric construction, seam construction is relatively important before a coverall can be classified as appropriate protective clothing. There are multiple seam methods available in the market, mainly consists of the overlocked seam (either 3 or 4 threads), stitched with tape seam, ultrasonic seam, bound stitched seam and others.

Figure 2. Stronger 4-thread overlocked seam

Figure 3. Normal 3-thread seam

 

Among all seams, instead of 3 threads which are commonly used by market players, a deeper 4-thread overlocked seam is the simplest yet effective in holding the fabric together and protecting against liquid splashes as well as dry particulates. If a higher level of leak resistance is needed, liquid-proof tapes can be applied over the seam to ensure users being protected with no seepage. The seam construction should be appropriate for the level of protection needed.

Figure 4. Overlocked seam with liquid-proof tape

Chart 3. Seam strength comparison among key market players

Different seam types will then result in different seam strengths, it can then affect the quality and appearance of coveralls. Moreover, the performance of the seams is dependent upon the stitch density, stitch width, seam allowance, stitch length, seam thickness, sewing needle penetration force and others. Seams of the coverall must be durable and smooth, or else it will result in negative extensibility, durability and efficiency of the seams.

Conclusion

Good coveralls offer more than protection but include in comfort and functionality for working efficiency. Besides abiding by the world-recognized PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425, the Garment Design, Fabric Technology and Seam Technology are three key considerations for users in their coverall selection process. These product information can be requested from the manufacturer and they shall provide users with Technical Data Sheet (TDS) to allow a deep understanding of the coveralls prior to purchase action. Make sure you choose coveralls that not only offer the protection you need but ones that will make life at your job better!

“ULTITEC Will Help the World Rise Stronger After COVID-19” Reported by HSI Magazine

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Since the beginning of 2020, ULTITEC 2000 has been applied for COVID-19 Disease Control globally, and it was our honored to be reported on Health & Safety International (HSI) Magazine in September 2020 issue. We are delighted to share this article with you, and show the world that “ULTITEC is helping”!

COVID-19 has triggered a global health epidemic in just a few short weeks and has upended life as we know it. Taiwan has been a distinct global leader in combating the death toll, illness and devastating disruption caused by COVID-19. As an action-led protective clothing manufacturer, ULTITEC was powered by communications and actions by providing certified coveralls to help Ecuador, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Trinidad governments in their pandemic management for frontline operators.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is important and essential to frontline operators at this very moment. Moreover, appropriate PPE with certification by Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and met standard EN 14126 against infective agents. ULTITEC has global know-how experience over the past 12 years, especially in assisting major disease control and prevention. Our endorsement ranged from Ebola Virus Disease (Africa, New Zealand, Taiwan), H1N1 Influenza (Myanmar) and Avian Influenza (Thailand, Sweden, Taiwan) until recent COVID-19 (Global).

ULTITEC 2000 became an ultimate safety shield during their infection control processes such as clinical assessment, safety screening or rapid diagnostic tests due to its premium fluid splash and biological hazards resistant features. Our global partners have made the kind decisions to donate ULTITEC 2000 as part of Corporate Social Responsibility because we respect frontline operators as national assets in any pandemic battle. We will continue to fight as one to show the world that “ULTITEC is helping”!

“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. ULTITEC continues to protect the lives of people daily, especially during this crisis. We realized that the planet is facing a massive challenge. ULTITEC will utilize its expertise in protective clothing to help this planet fight and recover from this common enemy Coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic also spurs digital transformation everywhere. To echo that trend, here are what ULTITEC have done:

  • Build ULTITEC App to assist more people in selecting appropriate coverall.
  • Provide online webinar training, including proper donning and doffing process.
  • Resolve frequently asked questions into a COVId-19 FAQ section.

These online information will allow and help those frontline heroes to understand better and be prepared for any upcoming challenges or hazardous environment.

ULTITEC is proud to play a significant role in ensuring frontline operators go home safely despite being exposed to a potentially hazardous workplace. We have fulfilled our promise of “Act without fear!” to frontline operators thoroughly in this battle. If you need any further assistance, please contact derekduck@derekduck.com.

 

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