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The up-to-date marketing collateral is on Data Center for you right away

Are you living a fast-paced life and sometimes do not have enough time for organizing the file at work? ULTITEC understands that document management could be time-consuming. To support our global partners’ marketing and sales team and save their time, ULTITEC has created an online platform, Data Center, which collected all the newest marketing collaterals and product files you will need to utilize as the promotional material to connect with the end-user.

The Highlights of Data Center:

  • Obtain the marketing collateral and product files despite time zone differences
  • Save your time for file management
  • Acquire the most accurate co-marketing support and sales kits anywhere

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How to access ULTITEC Data Center?

Simply log in at ultitec-protection.com, and username and password are available upon request.

ULTITEC is constantly supporting our partners and spreading “Act without fear!” spirit throughout 27 countries globally. Shall you need any further assistance or would like to cooperate with us, please feel free to contact our professional team!

The Golden Triangle Rules to Go Home Safely from Work

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According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than one million work-related deaths happen each year and hundreds of millions of employees suffer from workplace accidents and occupational exposure to hazardous substances in the world.

To mitigate the risk in the workplace, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shall be adopted to guard against chemical or toxic hazard exposure. Especially for protective clothing, it can be used in almost every workplace from the food processing commercial kitchen to the industrial factory. During the COVID-19, protective clothing can prevent frontline healthcare operators from contamination if it is worn properly. Therefore, adopting protective garments correctly will be crucial to minimize safety hazards and avoid accidents in the workplace.

How to keep you safe at work?

As knowing the importance of wearing protective garments, other factors may determine whether if the protective clothing is safe enough for the frontline operators to complete their working tasks. Based on ULTITEC’s worldwide experiences of offering body protection solutions over the past decades, follow “The Golden Triangle Rules to Go Home Safely” (Figure 1.) below will reduce the risk of contamination.

Figure 1. The Golden Triangle Rules to Go Home Safely

Golden Rule 1. Identify the risk

The risk compliance standards are derived from the hazards present instead of the industry. In addition, not every frontline operator will encounter the same hazards, and a lot of harmful agents are invisible and long-lasting. Hence, before selecting appropriate protective clothing, the first step is implementing the hazard assessment from the staff’s daily operational responsibilities in the workplace.

The common hazardous substances in the workplace

  • Gas or vapor: compressed gas, toxic vapor, natural gas, medical gas, chemical vapor, etc.
  • Liquid: liquid chemicals, acids, caustic liquids, flammable liquids, etc.
  • Particle: dust, mist, fume, virus particles, etc.

These harmful agents may contact the skin through various methods, such as jet, spray, splash, soak, or contact directly. For instance, if there is toxic liquid in the work environment, Type 3 or Type 4 protective clothing is recommended for the operators to protect themselves.

 

Golden Rule 2. CE Certification

Whilst the types of hazards at the workplace have been identified but cannot be prevented by other methods, protective clothing shall be selected to reduce the hazardous exposure and the danger level. The protective clothing shall be selected must be CE marking under regulation (EU) 2016/425, which is the strictest PPE standard at the present.

After the confirmation of CE marking protective garment, the first decision that needs to be made is the types of protective clothing, which is following the protective level (Figure 2.) below.

Figure 2. The protective level of protective clothing

 

There are a few types of protective clothing that can guard against different hazards.

Table 1. The types of protective clothing

Apart from Type1 to 6, there are other standards of protection for protective clothing.

Table 2. Other standards for protective clothing

Take the hazards of the oil and gas industry, for example, if the operator encounters the risk of high-pressure lines or equipment at the workplace, Type 3 protective clothing will be recommended for keeping safe from the strong and directional chemical fluid jets.

For further information regarding the test methods of the standards above, please click What should you understand about the CE test standard for protective clothing?

Additionally, read the ULTITEC Protective Clothing Selecting chart for knowing the equivalent protective level.

Golden Rule 3. Correct Usage

After the risk assessment and selection of protective clothing with CE marking have been done, would it be safe enough for the frontline personnel in the work environment with potential contaminated risks?

Based on a study published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology journal, which found that around 40% of healthcare providers did not make PPE doffing process properly, and this resulted in the higher possibility of spreading drug-resistant bacteria and contamination. Hence, the correct application of donning and doffing procedures is a critical factor for minimizing hazardous risks, and this training session shall be provided periodically to ensure the frontline personnel’s occupational safety. ULTITEC has advised the proper donning and doffing instruction as below.

  • Donning Processes
  1. Select appropriate coverall and read User Instruction thoroughly.
  2. Remove shoes and secure trousers into socks. Step into legs of coverall and place coverall over safety boots.
  3. Pull coverall towards arms and shoulders.
  4. Pull zipper halfway up. Put on a face mask (or respirator) and goggles. Pull hood over as head coverings. Cover sleeves over gloves.
  5. Zip up coverall to chin and ensure hood fits tightly to face, and seal storm flap with adhesive tape if any (Applicable for Type 3 and Type 4)
  6. Stretch to ensure coverall fits appropriately for ease of work movement and optimum protection.
  • Doffing Processes
  1. Remove adhesive tape (Applicable for Type 3 and Type 4)
  2. Unzip to the waist.
  3. Grab outer part and pull hood away from the head. Avoid contaminated gloves to touch the head.
  4. Release the first arm and strip off the glove from behind the back.
  5. Release the first arm from coverall and glove. Release second arm and glove from inside of coverall. Sit and roll down contaminated coverall from inside towards outside.
  6. Draw out legs from safety boots. Use a clean hand to remove goggles and face mask (or respirator) from behind. Fold or roll into a bundle and dispose of coverall responsibly.

Please view the full instruction here or the video ULTITEC donning and doffing instruction.

Disposal and Storage Methods

The correct disposal and storage procedures could also reduce the risk of contamination as well as maintain the efficacy of protective clothing.

  • Disposal Method

The contaminated apparel shall be disposed of as the same means as contaminated waste and complied with national regulations; whereas; the uncontaminated apparel shall be recycled and obey with national regulations.

  • Storage

The apparel shall be stored in a dry and clean environment within the temperature range from 15°C to 25°C and humidity below 80%. The shelf life is 60 months for ULTITEC products, as time goes by, the user must ensure whether if the antistatic performance is sufficient for the application.

Conclusion

Hazardous risks may cause accidents or deaths at the workplace, and the final line of protection to mitigate the occurrence is equipping with PPE such as protective clothing in the contaminated environment. Keep “The Golden Triangle Rules” in mind and implement these rules in the work environment will help the frontline personnel return home safely. The first golden rule is identifying and assessing the risk at the workplace, then the second golden rule is selecting the protective clothing with CE marking, and the last golden rule is using the protective garments correctly, including a proper donning and doffing process, appropriate disposal methods as well as a suitable storage environment.

ULTITEC 2000 Approved by Lion Air Indonesia for Aircraft Painting and Disinfection

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ULTITEC 2000 was recognized by Indonesia’s biggest budget airline Lion Air for its aircraft painting and disinfection for COVID-19. We are proud of our Indonesia partner in this achievement and here is his testimonial to share with us.

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Due to the expansion of aircraft painting factory, Lion Air safety officers have been evaluating suitable PPE. The groundcrew will face stripping, sanding, refinishing, touching up, and blasting which required exposure to chemicals, vapors, mist, dust, or airborne debris that may be hazardous.

We recommended ULTITEC 2000 and sent samples to them. They have done field testing and confirmed it is qualified based on its protective capability against liquid splash. Due to the painting process is done in a closed environment with adequate ventilation, breathability is a key consideration to prevent heat exhaustion. ULTITEC 2000 fulfilled this criterion by its microporous film fabric construction.

Lion Air also focuses on brand observation. We appended technical datasheets, competitor comparison charts, and global case studies for their reference. This further convinced their decision board to opt for brand switching to ULTITEC 2000. Batam Island aims to become an aviation maintenance center for Southeast Asia, so we are optimistic about the future usage of ULTITEC in the aviation industry.

Lastly, due to COVID-19, Lion Air applied ULTITEC 2000  to disinfect a Lion Air Boeing 737-800 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The ground crew disinfected the cockpit before take-off, sterilized the cabin and seats to ensure the safety of passengers. We are proud to be a part of the ULTITEC family and will continue to do our best in promoting the coveralls!

Mr. Pieter Wijaya, Managing Director of PT. Weldbro International

 

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How to confirm Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) meets EU specifications?

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COVID-19 has caused significant impacts on everyday life since early 2020. To prevent the infectious disease, selecting a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is authorized with the global organization plays a crucial role for the distributors and buyers.

However, various PPE quality specifications in the global marketplace may cause confusion. For protective clothing, some might be only searching for EN 14126:2003 or ASTM 1670/1671 tested ones which would not be enough for the selecting standards. To be clarified, in the case of COVID-19 or infectious disease, the distributors shall select the PPE which satisfies the strictest requirement in the world, Category III of Regulation (EU) 2016 / 425.

In Category III, the authorized CE mark comes with four digital numbers of a Notified Body, and a CE certified PPE should be verified through the process of Module B and then either Module C2 or Module D. For instance, all ULTITEC series are certified as CE 0598 by the Notified Body of SGS Fimko Oy as the flow chart showed below.

  • Module B: EU Type-examination

EU type-examination is a part of a conformity assessment procedure. The Notified Body will examine the technical design of PPE to verify if the design meets the requirement of (EU)2016/425. When the type meets the applicable requirements, the notified body shall issue an EU Type-examination certification to the manufacturer.

  • Module C2: Internal production control plus supervised product check

The PPE product of the manufacturer shall be inspected and checked if it meets the type described in the EU Type-Examination annually at random intervals by the Notified Body.

  • Module D: Quality assurance of the production process

The production process at the manufacturer’s site shall be evaluated annually by the Notified Body to ensure if it satisfies the type described in the EU type-examination and complies with the applicable requirements of EU Regulation.

Conclusion

The key element of selecting an appropriate PPE will be examining whether if the product is fully CE marking. Honorably, all ULTITEC series are entirely CE marking as well as certified with Module B plus Module D, and we are consistently providing safety shield for comprehensive protection to the frontline heroes!

How to Protect Frontline Operators From Heat Stress Under COVID-19?

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2020 is on track to be one of record-breaking hottest years. When the body could not cool itself enough to maintain a safe temperature, heat stress is often a major healthcare problem. Therefore, frontline operators should be given extra care as they must wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during COVID-19 infection control.

Heat stress can cause heat exhaustion and lead to heat stroke if the body core temperature is unable to cool down. The major symptoms of two conditions are different, hence the first aid guide also varies based on each situation. Please be aware that heatstroke is the most severe form of heat illness, it is a life-threatening emergency and requires immediate medical attention.

Figure 1. Comparison of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

Wearing PPE increases heat stress, but other conditions also impose an increased risk of heat-related illness on medical personnel. These include working in hot ambulatory care services, working long shifts with short breaks, and having limited opportunity to consume liquids to remain hydrated.

Prevent Heat Stress Under COVID-19 for Frontline Operator

Due to COVID-19 disease control, some frontline operators need to wear additional PPE more than usual in their workplace. This can contribute to difficulties in dissipating heat from the body and causing heat illness. There are however five ways to reduce heat stress risks and stay healthy from COVID-19 when wearing full PPE:

Start Cool Before Working

Frontline operators are encouraged to hydrate with cold beverages or ice slurry before putting on your PPE. Precooling helps lower the core temperature of your starting body and become acclimatized to the heat.

Reduce Rises in Body Core Temperature by Appropriate Coverall

As protective clothing covers most body parts during the infection control process, this makes it difficult to lose body heat as sweats cannot evaporate easily. You can select breathable protective clothing by focusing on the Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR), Resistance to Evaporating Heat Transfer (Ret), and breathability of the fabric. You can also reduce layers of clothing underneath and be effective in your movements to minimize an excessive increase in body heat.

  • Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR)

It can be referred to the speed at which sweat dissipates from the skin and achieve the desired effect of “moisture-wicking”. It can be an indicator of how comfortable a coverall is for its wearer.

  • Resistance to Evaporating Heat Transfer (Ret)

It determines the resistance that a material has to water vapor. In contrast to the MVTR, the lower the Ret value is the less resistance to moisture transfer and therefore higher breathability.

Figure 2. ULTITEC Fabric Construction

Encourage Work/Rest Schedules and Stay Hydrated

We should set up a ventilated rest area and provide them with regular and longer breaks. It will effectively allow body heat to dissipate. Prepare clean and cool drinking water in the rest area to remain hydrated, as the body consists of around 60% water.

Social Distancing

One of the most effective methods for limiting the spread of COVID-19 is to keep a certain distance. For example, keep physical distance between each other within the rest area. Each rest area should also limit the number of individuals, in line with the local guidelines on gathering capacity.

Prevention Supplies

Provide sufficient COVID-19 prevention supplies onsite namely soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, and trash baskets. If possible, daily PPE replacement is better at remaining safe in the workplace.

Figure 3. ULTITEC Being Applied for COVID-19 Disease Control

Conclusion

Although precautions for heat stress are simple but often overlooked. This information series aims to highlight some issues and options to take into consideration when managing the health risks of extreme heat during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is necessary to ensure that frontline operators are protected from both infection and heat stress so that they can continue to perform their duties effectively throughout the crisis.

ULTITEC Product Training Videos on YouTube

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After COVID-19’s outbreak, we have recognized the value of online marketing in keeping business going. ULTITEC is here to help our global partners to connect with end-users by creating a valuable platform for them!

We uploaded a complete collection of online product training videos, ranging from ULTITEC 500 to ULTITEC 5000 protective clothing, including liquid proof and chemical resistance accessories.

By having these videos in hands, ULTITEC partners can:

  • Browse through these videos despite time zone differences.
  • Refresh product features at anytime and from anywhere before a briefing with end-users.
  • View multi-language captions by selecting your local language in easy clicks.

Introduction of Detailed Product Features

Multi-language Captions Available

ULTITEC is marketing in 27 countries or regions now. We continue to look for a trustworthy partner to spread the “Act without fear!” spirit over the world and it might be you!

COVID-19 FAQ Page Online

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ULTITEC has received all sorts of inquiries since the COVID-19 outbreak. We played a significant role in becoming a good listener and systematically solved these questions for you. They are categorized into 7 topics, namely COVID-19, Product, Disposal, Storage, Limitation, Purchase and Distributor.

Here are the Top 10 questions:

  • What is the difference between gown and protective clothing?
  • Which ULTITEC products are recommended for COVID-19 protection?
  • What certifications do you have? Do you have EN 14126 certification?
  • Does ULTITEC products reach AAMI Level 4?
  • What is the shelf life of protective clothing?
  • Can I wash or launder ULTITEC protective clothing?
  • What is your normal lead time?
  • What is the MOQ of ULTITEC coverall?
  • How do I purchase your products?
  • How to become your distributor?

Please view here for full version. If your questions are not on the list, please contact us for more information.

ULTITEC APP Is Well Ready for You

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The year 2020 has started hard, but ULTITEC is here to make things easier. We launched our latest ULTITEC APP to overcome the outbreak, allowing appropriate product selection and related details through fingertips!

There are four options available namely Occupational Risk, COVID-19 Protection, Additional Standard and CE Certification. Through simple clicks, you can assist your users to select appropriate protective clothing to “Act without fear!” together with you!

Selection Through
Simple Clicks

Multiple Languages
to Fit Your Needs

Detailed Product
Info at a Glance

Friendly CE
Test Explanation

Download our ULTITEC APP now to ensure knowledge is accessed anywhere and at any time without country boarders and language disabilities!

How Well Do You Understand Gown and Coverall?

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In the world crisis of COVID-19, we noticed frontline operators were equipped with either gown, coverall or both during their infection control processes such as clinical assessment, safety screening or rapid diagnostic tests. As an action-led protective clothing manufacturer powered by communications, during the guiding process for users to select appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), we found out people might not understand the difference between Gown and Coverall that well. These two can be further differentiated according to global regulations, product designs and protected area coverage.

US Standard and EU Standard Comparison Chart

During the Covid-19 period, as it is an infectious human-to-human transmission disease, most inquiries were specified to AAMI PB 70 or EN 13795 for Gown, and EN ISO 13688 for Coverall with EN 14126 certification against infective agents. These criteria are classifications based on US Standard and EU Standard which listed as the following:

Table 1:  US Standard and EU Standard for Gown and Coverall

Specifications for Gown

What is a Gown?

A gown is defined as the protective apparel specifically used to protect healthcare personnel and patients from the transfer of microorganisms and body fluids in patient isolation situations.

A gown is intended to prevent frontal contamination only, thus the risk evaluation had to be considered when choosing a gown for infection control. It provides partial neck-to-knee protection and often has openings in the back region due to comfort concern. Ties on the abdomen are a common feature, however, if they are not properly tied or sometimes not tied at all, it has been determined that this can cause other hazards.

Please note that both AAMI PB 70 Standard and EN 13795 Standard performance tests on gown are for fabric and seam only. The test criteria requires only essential parts, including sleeves, chest and seam areas of the joint, without a whole garment test worn by a real person.

US Standard

AAMI PB70

AAMI PB70 provides basic tests to evaluate the barrier effectiveness of gown. Based on the results of these standardized tests, 4 barrier performance levels are specified with the lowest level of protection being Level 1, and the highest level of protection being Level 4.

  • Level 1:

Minimal level of fluid barrier protection

  • Level 2:

Low level of fluid barrier protection

  • Level 3:

Moderate level of fluid barrier protection

  • Level 4:

Highest level of fluid and viral barrier protection

EU Standard

EN 13795

EN13795 provides guidelines on the characteristics of gown for protection against microorganism transmission during invasive surgical procedures. There are 2 classifications, namely Standard Performance and High Performance.

  • Standard Performance:

Non-reinforced or fabric-reinforced for

low to medium risk of exposure

  • High Performance:

Poly-reinforced for high risk of exposure

Specifications for Coverall

What is a Coverall?

A coverall is the protective clothing designed to protect either the wearer’s body or other items of clothing from environmental hazards. Also, special coverall may protect the working environment from pollution and/or infection from the wearer.

Coverall is designed to protect the entire body. This enables 360 degrees of protection for frontline operators during infection control, which is particularly important when you are unsure about directions of potential environmental hazards.

For the performance tests, coverall is required to pass fabric, seam and whole garment tests. It is normally being tested by a real person doing precise movements in a test chamber to complete a liquid penetration test or particulate inward leakage examination, which is more realistic in daily scenarios.

US Standard

No standard nor classification for coverall

Levels ABCD are generally mistaken as coverall standard. They are in fact classification of the environment according to possible hazards.

  • Level A:

Confined areas where hazards have not  been fully identified, and require maximal  skin, eye, and respiratory protection

  • Level B:

Atmosphere contains less than 19.5% oxygen, require maximal respiratory protection. Lower level skin hazard may be present

  • Level C:

Hazards have been identified and will not be absorbed by or adversely affect exposed skin

  • Level D:

No or very low potential hazards

EU Standard

EN 13795

EN13795 provides guidelines on the characteristics of gown for protection against microorganism transmission during invasive surgical procedures. There are 2 classifications, namely Standard Performance and High Performance.

  • Standard Performance:

Non-reinforced or fabric-reinforced for low to medium risk of exposure

  • High Performance:

Poly-reinforced for high risk of exposure

EU Standard is the most recognized standard for coverall in worldwide. During disease infection control, you may focus on additional EN 14126 certification on fabric against infective agents, which is essential to protect frontline operators from biological hazards. A suffix “-B” will be added after wording “Type” to indicate it is “Biohazard protected”.

Conclusion

Owing to a lack of common criteria or study results it is hard to say when to wear a gown or coverall. The explanation of why no studies have been performed to determine gown versus coverall effectiveness is because they are entirely different items and are used in different fields.

Unless you are confident that the risk contact comes from the front chest and arms, a gown that meets performance requirements may be good enough and can therefore still be used in healthcare facilities. But when COVID-19 or other unknown aerosol transmissible diseases are encountered, we recommend that an EN 14126 certified coverall is more appropriate for frontline operators than a gown.

There are 3 solid reasons:

  1. Coverall provides 360 degrees of protection from head to ankle for the whole body including the back region.
  2. Coverall is required to pass both fabric and whole garment tests, and a real person is used to simulate daily scenarios that are more in line with the actual situation of use.
  3. Coverall with EN 14126 certification will protect you from infective agents. The test includes protection against blood/fluids, blood-borne pathogens, aerosol, dry and wet microbial penetration.

However, it is always a smart idea to enhance personal protection for occupational safety. If there is a need for combination of other PPE, please seek final professional advice from your safety managers in consideration of your workplace risks.

EN 14126 Certified Protective Clothing to Protect Against COVID-19

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What is COVID-19

COVID-19, the latest global pandemic, is a coronavirus disease that causes respiratory illness that can spread quickly from human to human. The latest outbreak of COVID-19 caused about 7,000 confirmed cases in China in the first month (January 2020, Situation report), following with another 80,000 confirmed worldwide in the second month (February 2020, Situation report).

Difference between COVID-19, MERS and SARS

Coronaviruses are a wide family of viruses that cause disease, often in animals. However, 7 forms of coronaviruses can cause disease in humans, and 3 of these can cause significant outbreaks of deadly pneumonia:

  • COVID-19 – It is an infectious disease caused by the most recently identified coronaviruses. The “SARS-CoV-2 virus” is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China at the end of  2019 as a disease with extreme acute respiratory syndrome that actively spread worldwide in 2020.
  • MERS – The Middle East respiratory syndrome is a viral respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. The virus “MERS-CoV” was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
  • SARS – The virus “SARS-CoV” was reported in 2002 as the cause of an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS and MERS took years to spread and killed more than 800 people. Yet COVID-19  took just 3 months to spread around the world, causing about 115,000 deaths worldwide. Such high numbers that have occurred in a short time can cause the local medical resource to crash.

How to ensure protection level sufficient for healthcare personnel

According to WHO guidelines, the virus can spread directly when a case of COVID-19 coughs or exhales droplets that touch the nose, mouth or eyes of another person. Keep your hands clean and cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing is vital for public health. Yet it’s another matter for healthcare services.

In order to prevent mass infection in healthcare facilities, infected patients need to remain in a controlled environment, namely negative pressure isolation room. Frontline operators need to wear a complete range of isolation equipment, like face shield, N95 respirator, coverall, gloves, boot covers, etc. according to WHO Disease Commodity Packages (DCPs) of COVID-19, or CDC Coronavirus Disease Infection Control.

Is it enough if wear all the equipment suggested? Typically, environmental variables are under-controlled in a healthcare facility. Normally, biological threats come from a few directions, usually from the lower front, since the patient can sit or lie down on the bed. Protective equipment used in the medical industry, such as isolation gown, is intended to avoid front contamination only. But the region above or below the chest is exposed and can cause possible hazards. Once it comes to coronavirus disease, such as COVID-19, protection for the human body is not enough.

In order to get an appropriate protection, coverall is a safer choice when dealing with disease prevention, such as COVID-19. Coverall has a one-piece hood, gloves, body cover and pants that eliminates all gaps in the collar, chest, legs and back section. These will have 360 degrees of protection for healthcare personnel.

Figure 1. Differences between coverall and isolation gown

How does EN 14126 provides protection

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently warned that COVID-19 is a “very high” risk pandemic to be taken seriously. In order to prevent misuse of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during this battle, it is time to take a closer look at EN 14126, which provides specifications and test methods for evaluating the protection of the fabric against infective agents.

According to EN 14126, special requirements are defined for protective clothing against infectious agents to protect against bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. It contains 5 different tests, especially 3 of them are key indexes to protect against COVID-19, which are ISO 16603, ISO 16604, and ISO/DIS 22611 which  determine penetration by blood, body fluids, blood-borne pathogens and biologically contaminated liquid aerosol.

Figure 2. Test methods required under EN 14126

ISO 16603 test is focus on the penetration ability under certain pressure with synthetic blood. It can simulate the contamination from infected blood or body fluids contact on your clothing. The higher class present the higher protection level for a protective clothing.

The size of the COVID-19 virus is 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 a frontline healthcare personnel, you may want to concentrate on ISO/DIS 22611. Earlier in February, China acknowledged the possibility of aerosol transmission. This may happen when the patient sneezes hard or when you have been exposed to large concentrations of aerosol in a confined space for a long time, such as inserting a respiratory tube during medical procedures, which triggers a burst of mass aerosols.

Summary

Although WHO and CDC had full guidance of selecting proper PPE against COVID-19, but the instructions does not include coveralls. If coping with diseases that require effective infection prevention, we recommend that healthcare personnel should not be limited to medical equipment, coverall is the appropriate option and should be prepared in each medical facility to avoid another outbreak of disease.

Please also note to test your protective clothing if it has EN 14126 certification. EN 14126 is a material test that proves that the fabric has a barrier to biological disease. In the global case of COVID-19, certified protective clothing EN 14126 can effectively prevent the transmission of disease along with other PPE if appropriate selection is made.

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