Choosing The Right Protective Coveralls
(Taken from this post by Beaver Brands. Republished with permission. Edited for point of view and relevance.)
As a guide only, the process of choosing the right coveralls starts with answering various questions about contaminants (hazardous or not) and work environments. Many factors can lead to different coveralls for the same application or job.
Beaver Brands recommends considering these factors before you choose your protective coveralls.
Step 1: Conduct a detailed assessment of the work environment and the nature of the hazards, including consideration of the following:
- Physical state of contaminant
- Form of contaminant (chemical concentration/particle size)
- Type of exposure
- Working environment (temperature, humidity)
- What kind of job is going to be performed
- What other personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used with the coverall
- Additional risks (feg. electrostatic charge, infective agents, nuclear particles)
Step 2: Determine the degree of exposure and minimum levels of protection needed.
Based on the level of protection they provide, disposable coveralls are classified into six categories:
Step 3: Assess Hazard Toxicity, and short-term and long-term exposure.
Consider if the protective coveralls have been tested against a given hazard and how they performed.
Also refer to permeation data of the coveralls, which means that the coveralls were tested against a specific hazard/toxic substance. Not all coveralls are the same, even if they are the same “type”.
It is all about how they perform against a given hazard or chemical substance.
Step 4: Consider the comfort of the wearer.
Most Type 5/6 protective coveralls are made from either SMS (Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond fabric) or microporous material, and although they both offer the same protection level, selection may differ in terms of comfort, breathability and even application.
For example, SMS fabric is generally more breathable than other coverall fabrics and may be more suitable in hotter environments. MP, or microporous laminated coveralls, on the other hand, may provide a more suitable barrier against liquid splashes as it offers higher tensile strength and a more effective liquid barrier as a result.
Step 5: Ensure wearers are provide with proper training on how to don, adjust, and remove protective coveralls.
Step 6: Fit Test. All PPE should be fit tested for size and effectiveness in protecting the wearer.
Frontier Protective Disposable Coveralls Range
Frontier coveralls have recently been re-designed with improved comfort and durability in mind. The range consists of SPP (polypropylene) for non-hazardous applications, SMS, and Microporous coveralls in varying degrees of protection up to Type 4/5/6, and with coloured options available in the Frontier SMS Type 5/6 Coveralls.
Other features of the Frontier Type 4/5/6 and Type 5/6 Coveralls include two-way zippers and protective flaps for added protection; low linting fabric (for microporous only); as well as comfortable elasticised wrists, ankles, and waists.
Note: If unsure, it is important to discuss your protection requirements with a product expert prior to purchasing disposable coveralls, as statutory and/or regulatory requirements may apply in your workplace.