Oil and Gas Personal Protective Equipment
Frontline professionals in the oil and gas industry face a vast number of life-threatening chemical hazards on a daily basis.
Danger lurks in every activity, from building well foundations and erecting lease tanks, to chemically treating or hydraulically fracturing wells.
In off-shore drilling, the dangers range from blow-outs, hydrogen sulphide gas during drilling, heavy metals and benzene present in crude, to asbestos, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid and normally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs).
Even in normally safe refineries, certain activities – process sampling, inspection, handling or recharging catalyst – pose chemical risks as high as anywhere else on the planet. Risk is also higher during regularly scheduled maintenance and repair shutdowns.
Workers are also potentially exposed to flames and fires and other consequences of explosions.
Workers need strong protection against all of these potential perils, and to be able to comfortably work in their protective garments for their entire shift.
DuPont seeks to provide durable solutions that help resist and repel lethal exposure.
DuPont™ Tyvek® and DuPont™ Tychem®
The Tyvek® Classic Xpert and Tyvek® Classic Plus single-use coveralls help offer inherent protection against fine particles and low pressurised inorganic water-based chemicals of low concentration, while being robust, breathable and comfortable. They are well-suited for a broad range of tasks.
The new Tyvek® 800J coverall offers resistance to oils, particles and pressurised jets of water-based chemicals all in a high comfort, breathable, Type 3 limited-use garment.
The range of single-use chemical protective coveralls made of Tychem® help offer lightweight yet tough protection starting at low toxic chemicals up to biological hazards. Garments made of Tychem® are typically used in areas as diverse as petroleum refining, natural gas supply, factory decommissioning, land decontamination, industrial tank cleaning and spill clean-up. They are particularly suitable for jobs with frequent exposure to dangerous chemicals, such as maintenance and repair – particularly Tychem® F, for its excellent barrier to a broad range of organic chemicals, and Tychem® F2, for its reinforced strength.
The flame-resistant properties of Nomex® fibre are inherent in the molecular structure of the fibre and not chemically added, which means they cannot be washed or worn away.
Garments made of Nomex® are comfortable, breathable, and resistant to tears and abrasion. They also offer an excellent return on investment, since the thermal protection is built right in, and will not wear off or wash out over time.
Not only does Nomex® fibre offer inherent flame-resistant properties but most Nomex® solutions also include a permanent antistatic fibre. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can generate sparks with energy levels sufficient to ignite surrounding vapours, aerosols of flammable liquids or dust particles, leading to an explosion. The fibre’s antistatic property is therefore fundamental to helping protect workers in such hazardous environments.
Moreover, limited-flame spread coveralls made of DuPont™ ProShield® FR can easily be worn over flame-resistant garments made of Nomex® fibre, thus helping to protect the workers from contamination, and also the primary flame-resistant reuseable garments.
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Tyvek® Protective Apparel
Workers who deal with hazardous substances need confidence in their protective apparel. DuPont™ Tyvek® fabric used in Tyvek® protective apparel is engineered to typically resist particles down to 1 micron in size, including particles such as lead, asbestos, and mould, and helps provide a barrier against many water-based liquid chemicals in low concentration and biological hazards.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program
The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program is the answer to those in Europe who seek innovative protective solutions from a trusted value chain. DuPont™ Nomex® Partners, identified with the Nomex® Partner seal, are carefully selected for their commitment to ethical principles, strong quality and innovation orientation, and detailed knowledge of end user needs.
Electric Arc Protection - Nomex®
In order to choose adequate protective clothing, the potential incident heat energy (in units of energy per surface area) caused by an electric arc and to which a worker may be exposed, needs to be calculated in a thorough risk assessment.
DuPont introduces DuPont™ Tyvek® 800 J limited-use coverall
A+A 2013 marks the market launch of the new Tyvek® 800 J coverall by DuPont, the specialists in innovative body protection.
New packaging concept for DuPont™ Tyvek® Classic Xpert can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
DuPont™ Tyvek® Classic Xpert Eco-Pack can have a significantly reduced impact on the environment when compared to its standard packaging format.
DuPont™ Tyvek® 800 J protective garment increases the safety and comfort of operators at S.G.A.-J.Meyer
Sanitation and cleaning operations on site involve risks for the operators. In accordance with its safety procedures, S.G.A.-J. Meyer recently called on DuPont to replace all its protective clothing, opting for the new DuPont™ Tyvek® 800 J garment.
DuPont unveils single layer, triple-threat protection garment Tychem® ThermoPro at A+A 2015
A+A 2015 marks the introduction of DuPont™ Tychem® ThermoPro, a new single layer, triple-threat protection garment from DuPont Protection Technologies.
Planning for large-scale clean-ups
A clean-up operation can take many forms and it is this need for readiness against a multitude of possible events that presents one of the biggest challenges to the emergency planner.
Environmental Emergency and Other Large Scale Clean-ups
Environmental disasters and emergencies can be either man-made or the result of natural phenomena but in either case they almost invariably necessitate a rapid and effective response if the human and environmental impacts are to be mitigated and rectified.
- Tyvek® 800J for breathable liquid-tight protection
- The Tychem® difference
- DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ - facilitating garment selection
Nomex® & the Thermo-Man® Test
DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors dressed in test garments and exposed to a flash fire with temperatures rising up to 1,000°C.