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Old hazard new fireproofing

Industries that work in extreme environments like intense heat and in direct contact with flames, such as glass manufacturing and metal working factories, expose their labour force to significant dangers. Correct, protective clothing is therefore a must and are required to shield the worker from both intense radiating heat and occasional, direct contact with flames.
Old hazard new fireproofing
To prevent the high cost of labour injuries, industries that work in an environment of intense heat exposure and possible contact with flames, must pay special attention to the protective clothing their labour force wears. The clothing must be able to shield individuals from a variety of heat types; intense heat radiation, temporary contact with flames such as sparks and molten metal, glass or chemical splashes as well as various forms of physical damage caused by abrasions, piercing, cuts and snags.

A Romanian research institute has developed a material type that meets the highest safety standards as well as providing the wearer with a high standard of comfort. The specialized fibres woven together that constitute this material, are of themselves inherently flameproof and resistant to various chemical agents. Twaron para-aramidic fibres used in such protective clothing offer considerable benefits such as ensuring real protection against thermal or mechanical threats, reduction of insurance claims because of the greater degree of protection offered as well as a diversity of protective clothing types, suitable for various industrial needs.

The institute offers prototypes for testing and are seeking manufacturing agreements with interested parties.
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