Going down in flames !
The petrolium & gas industry were the instigators in industrial protection as we know it today. Much before Arc Flash protection.
The Canadian standard CGSB 155.20 (Canadian General Standards Board) against HydroCarbon Flash fire, essentially duplicated the U.S. NFPA 2112 (National Fire Protection Association) on Flash Fire protection.
Deflagration of an inflammable, whether it may be gas, petrol, or any other dangerous substance will ignite intense fires of up to 800 degrees celcius. Specialized transport firms carrying explosive liquids, oil platforms at sea or on land, gas stations and agricultural silos are the most at risk! Inherently flame resistant or fire retardant fabric bases are put to test in accredited labs, where an ignited fabric is meant to self-extinguish within two seconds, nor melt nor drip and cause less than 40% of second degree body burn. All this during a 3 second flame up! Instrumented mannequins with 119 interconnected sensors will actually transpose its consequential reality as if it were human skin. The inherently flame resistant NomexIIIA base fabric was invented in the 70's by Dupont USA and was quickly adopted. Additionnal various other fabrics then regularly flared up. As for Nomex IIIA, it should be noted that, while exceptionnal during spectacular explosions and fire scenes, it is not recommended for an Arc Flash environment, unless two layers of the product are worn together!
Louis-Hebert participated in the creation of numerous garment styles, mostly using NomexIIIA. The fabric is used on the outershell and then lined or unlined. Municipal governments and refineries wear shirts pants and coveralls. Louis-Hebert offers its know-how and reputable textile expertise to guide those that need professional support on their PPE's (Personnal Protective Equipment) entire needs. Each environment and/or job type is analyzed for the optimum work wear match!
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The LH Workwear advantages
LH Workwear contributed to expand protective fabric diversfications in innovative protective garments, mainly using a Nomex 111A fabric base as the outershell, insulated or not. Municipalities and refineries, use coveralls, shirts and pants. Our long time expertise and know how bring us to guide our customers who, sometimes, believe one protective fabric covers all their needs. Not necessarily! For instance, a Category 1 normally used in Flash Fires , is not recommended for an Arc Flash situation!
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