What is Tyvek Disposable Apparel and how does it protect?
In the previous article, we discussed glove being a major part of personal protective equipment, or PPE. When work involves hazardous materials, Tyvek clothing can protect.
Tyvek apparel, created by Dupont, features a single layer of synthetic material called high-density polyethylene. This single layer manages to be extremely resistant to hazardous chemicals, dry matter, paint, lead, mold, and water. It protects the user from particles as small as 0.000039 inches (1 millionth of a meter or 1 micron) even after the material has been abraded. The material is tear resistant and thus tough enough for a broad range of activities. The only way to ruin a Tyvek suit is to tear it completely. Despite being disposable, the garment is able to be reused unless it is torn or exposed to hazardous chemicals.
Despite the material’s strength, Tyvek apparel was made with comfort in mind. Heat and sweat vapor pass out of the garment to make sure the user stays cool. The material allows for air to pass in and out of the suit while still protecting against particulates. Tyvek apparel is uniquely durable because the protection is the material itself. Microporous apparel utilizes a thin protective layer built in after the base of the garment is manufactured. This creates problems if the garment rips or if the thin protective layer is worn down. It is no wonder that Tyvek’s apparel is the industry standard.
How much does this protection cost? Tyvek’s garments are strong enough to use, but inexpensive enough to discard after each use. The sheer number of Tyvek garments such as coveralls, lab coats, aprons, smocks, and hoods help to keep costs down by allowing the consumer to buy exactly what they need.
What size should I buy?
If unsure, it is recommended to buy one size up. The user should be able to stretch comfortably and move about in their garment without putting stress on the material. This makes sure that the user is getting the most protection without sacrificing comfort.
Tyvek Coverall Size Chart:
|Small||5’ – 5’6”||100 – 125 pounds|
|Medium||5’2? – 5’7?||125 – 160 pounds|
|Large||5’6? – 5’10”||140 – 200 pounds|
|XL||5’7? – 6’2?||155 – 220 pounds|
|2XL||5’11” – 6’4?||180 – 240 pounds|
|3XL||6’2? – 6’6?||240 – 280 pounds|
|4XL||6’4? – 6’8?||260 – 320 pounds|
|5XL||6’6? – 7?||320 – 370 pounds|
Tyvek apparel size chart:
- Tyvek Aprons: 28? Wide x 36? Long
- Tyvek Hoods are “One Size Fits All”
- Tyvek Sleeves are 18? Long
Tyvek disposable apparel is the industry standard for comfort and protection and with such a wide range of applications, it certainly has a place wherever personal protective equipment is needed.