Bulwark, the world’s largest flame-resistant (FR) apparel brand, in partnership with DuPont™ Personal Protection, global innovation leader of technology-based materials and solutions, announces a new series of flame-resistant gloves for workers in the oil & gas industry.
The iQ® Series Advantage Collection FR Glove set consists of five insight-driven designs that bring fit, feel, flex, and fortified protection together in the world’s first and only NFPA® 2112 compliant FR glove collection.
Featuring patented Nomex® and Kevlar® technology, the iQ® Series Advantage Collection FR Gloves range from general purpose leather and mechanic gloves to knitted FR gloves that provide exceptional dexterity, grip, and impact and flame resistance.
“We have served as the relentless protectors of those who power the world for 50 years and are proud to partner with industry leader DuPont to create a solution to keep the world’s hardest workers protected from the elements they face every day,” says Robert Grimes, Vice President and General Manager of Bulwark.
“We continually strive to listen to the feedback of the market and industry leaders to deliver new and innovative solutions that meet worker needs,” says Amr Moniem, Global Marketing Manager, DuPont Personal Protection. “We value our strong partnership with Bulwark as they are leading the industry in FR apparel and are well positioned to deliver this portfolio of multi-hazard gloves to the O&G industry.”
The five new gloves include:
iQ® Series Advantage Shield 100
General purpose leather glove. Breathable flame-resistant Nomex® Essential Cut technology on back of hand for improved comfort, shirred elastic wrist, durable leather palm.
iQ® Series Advantage Mechanic 100
General purpose mechanics glove. Breathable Nomex® and Kevlar® fabric on back of hand and artificial leather palm and fingers for added abrasion protection. Adjustable hook and loop at the wrist for a snug and secure fit. Reinforced knuckle strap for added protection.
iQ® Series Advantage Grip Guard 100
Knitted FR glove. Built with patented Nomex® and Kevlar® engineered yarns knitted into 18-gauge glove with foam neoprene palm coating. Exceptional stretch and recovery for snug and secure fit.
iQ® Series Advantage Grip Guard 200
Knitted FR glove with Impact Protection. Built with patented Kevlar® engineered yarns knitted into an 18-gauge glove with FR palm coating and bumpers for impact protection. Exceptional stretch and recovery for snug and secure fit.
iQ® Series Advantage Shield 200
Lined leather glove with impact protection. Built with a patented yarn knitted liner with durable leather palm coating and bumpers.
DuPont™ Thermo-Hand™ Technology
Engineers evaluated the gloves using DuPont’s Thermo-Hand™, the latest burn evaluation unit created to demonstrate the heat and flame protection performance of emerging glove options that are designed to meet the updated NFPA standard. Thermo-Hand™ simulates a full-scale flash fire exposure and was developed to help industrial workers better understand the range of options available for effective thermal hand protection.
In recent years, the NFPA updated two standards, NFPA 2112 and NFPA 2113. These standards include glove specifications for industrial flash fire protection, minimum performance criteria and testing guidelines for FR garments, and provide hand protection guidance for oil & gas and chemical industries to help minimize safety risks. The unit provides a visual means of enabling industrial PPE specifiers and end-users to understand the inherent flame risks and corresponding levels of thermal hand performance and protection available via demos in controlled burn situations. In addition, Thermo-Hand™ provides a means to educate industrial workers on the durability, heat, and flame resistance of hand protection solutions.