Workwear Protection

Workwear Protection Guide

ESKO COVERALLS

Where workplace hazards cannot be eliminated or isolated, employers are responsible to provide employees with suitable clothing to protect from a variety of hazards including nuisance dust, asbestos fibres, chemical and water-based splashes, chemical sprays, biological hazards, infective agents and simple dirt, grease, and dust.

Even in non-hazardous situations overalls protect the user’s clothing from soiling and wear. It is not necessarily a requirement under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for employers to provide overalls in non-hazardous situations, but many do so.

Disposable coveralls have some advantages over traditional fabric overalls:

  • Disposable coveralls can be disposed of after use to avoid cross-contamination from any residues or, if necessary, can be incinerated. In medical situations they avoid any need for re-sterilisation after use.
  • Low-cost single-use coveralls may be more economic. Disposable coveralls avoid laundry costs in situations where soiling may be difficult to remove with washing, such as paint, crude oil or grease residues.
  • Lightweight coveralls are breathable and comfortable, allowing freedom of movement to bend and stretch and avoiding heat stress for the wearer.

Esko protective coveralls have been tested for breakthrough time of permeation to a range of chemicals. Permeation refers to the process by which a chemical compound moves through protective fabric on a molecular level. Permeation tests for our protective coveralls have been conducted according to EN374-3.

In critical situations and especially when dealing with infectious agents, wearers must be instructed in correct methods of donning and doffing protective coveralls, see Esko’s downloadable product guide.

Esko coveralls Product selection by industry

Esko coveralls product selection by industry
USEFUL FOR:
Need protection against non-hazardous liquids or dust?
Do you need protection against hazardous dust including asbestos and glass fibre?
Protection against hazardous dust including asbestos, or liquid chemical splashes, or biological hazards, including Ebola?
Need protection against pressurised liquid chemical sprays, liquid aerosols or severe biological hazards and infective agents?
Aerospace
Agriculture & Farming
Asbestos Handling
Biological Hazards
Automotive
Chemical Handling
Civil Protection
Clean Room
Construction
Decontamination
Disease/ Disaster Management
Decorative work
Electronics
Food Processing & Packing
Hazardous Material
Industrial Clean Up/ Maintenance
Medical/ Emergency
Military
Oil Handling/ Tank Cleaning
Oil refining/ Exploration
Paint Spray
Petrochemical Plants
Printing
Sewage Purification Installation
Utilities
Waste Management
Fabric Physical Properties
Test Method
Result
Class
Result
Class
Result
Class
Abrasion Resistance
EN530
>100*
2
>100*
2
>100*
2
Flex Cracking Resistance
ISO 7854 B
>40,000*
5
>40,000*
5
>1,000*
1
Trapezoidal Tear Resistance
MD
EN ISO 9073-4
44.2N
3
40.7N
3
53N
3
CD
19.0N
1
18.6N
1
71N
3
Tensile Strength
MD
ISO 13934-1
113.5N
3
48.3N
1
82N
2
CD
44.5N
1
108.1N
3
121N
2
Resistance to ignition
EN13274-4
Pass
Pass
Pass
Puncture Resistance
EN863
9.7N
1
6.95N
1
9N**
1
Seam Strength
ISO13935-2
133.0N
4
120.2N
3
108.2N
3
Burst Resistance
ISO13938-1
184.1kPa
3
Antistaticity
EN1149-5
Pass
Pass
Pass
pH value
EN ISO 3071
6.2
Pass
6.77
Pass
6.76
Pass
Flame Retardant
EN ISO 14116:2008
Note: * denotes visual endpoint
Fabric Chemical Properties
Test Method
Penetration
Repellency
Penetration
Repellency
Penetration
Repellency
Resistance to Chemical Penetration
EN368
Sulphuric Acid 30%
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Sodium Hydroxide 10%
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
Class 3
ISO propanol
Class 3
Class 2
o-Xylene
Class 3
Class 2
Bulan-1-ol
Class 3
Class 2
Resistance to Chemical Permeation
EN374-3
Breakthrough Time
Classification
Sulphuric Acid 30%
>480 mins
Class 6
Sodium Hydroxide 42%
>480 mins
Class 6
Methanol
>480 mins
Class 6
Sulphuric Acid 98%
>480 mins
Class 6
Formaldehyde 10%
14 mins
Class 6
Acetic Acid
>480 mins
Class 1
Chromic Acid 80%
>480 mins
Class 6
Dimethyl Formamide
>480 mins
Class 6
Hydrochloric Acid 37%
15 mins
Class 1
Nitric Acid 65%
273 mins
Class 5
Perchloric Acid
>480 mins
Class 6
Potassium Chromate
>480 mins
Class 6
Whole suit test performance
Test Method
Result
Test Method
Result
Test Method
Result
TYPE 5 EN ISO 13982-1:2004 Method as defined by EN ISO 13982-2:2004
Pass
TYPE 5 EN ISO 13982-1:2004 Method as defined by EN ISO 13982-2:2004
Pass
TYPE 3 let test Method defined by EN14605:2005 + EN463
Pass
TYPE 6 Low Level Spray Test Method as defined by EN 13034:2005 + EN468
Pass
TYPE 6 Low Level Spray Test Method as defined by EN 13034:2005 + EN468
Pass
TYPE 4 Spray test Method defined by EN14605:2005 + EN468
Pass
Protective clothing against radioactive materials as defined by EN1073-2:2002
Pass
Protective clothing against radioactive materials as defined by EN1073-2:2002
Pass
Protective clothing against radioactive materials as defined by EN1073-2:2002
Pass
Performance of protective clothing against infective agents EN14126:2003
EN14126:2003
EN14126:2003
ISO 16603:2004
Class 6
Class 6
IOS 16604:2004
Class 1
Class 6
ISO 22611:2003
Class 3
Class 3
ISO 22612:2005
Class 3
Class 3
ISO 22610:2006
Class 6
Class 6

RELEVANT STANDARDS

  • EN ISO 13982-1:2004+A1:2010 Protective clothing for use against solid particulates
  • EN 14126:2003 Protective clothing. Performance requirements and tests methods for protective clothing against infective agents
  • EN 14605:2005+A1:2009 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals
  • EN 13034: 2005 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals
  • EN 1073-2:2002 Protective clothing against radioactive contamination