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High performance protection in comfort

Microgard Limited is a leading manufacturer of chemical protective clothing, introducing new technology and designs to the marketplace to improve wearer protection and comfort for more than 35 years. Microgard Limited was one of the world’s first manufacturers of limited life chemical protective clothing.

Established in 1975, the company has built its reputation on introducing new technology to the market to improve wearer protection and comfort. Today, millions of MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products are worn around the globe, protecting people throughout industry and the public sector.

The MICROCHEM® brand name is used specifically for Microgard products which have been developed for protection against a wide range of chemicals used in potentially hazardous environments, such as the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Protecting people while they work in dirty or hazardous environments has always been the focus of Microgard Limited. Whether you are working with liquid or solid chemicals, asbestos, paint, oil, grease, viruses and blood borne pathogens, or one of the countless other workplace contaminants in evidence today, Microgard Limited can help keep you protected.

Microgard Limited offer a full range of garments and accessories to help keep you protected against hazards from aprons and coveralls through to fully encapsulated suits. The type of chemical protective clothing worn at work is critical to help keep users safe. MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products are available for a broad spectrum of applications, ranging from asbestos removal through to the handling of hazardous chemicals such as ammonia and hydrofluoric acid.

Manufacturing

All MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products are designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the European PPE Directive 89/686/EEC for chemical protective clothing. The combination of our ISO 9001:2008 and Directive 89/686 EEC Article 11 accredited manufacturing environment and the expertise of our UK based design, product development and technical departments means that users can be assured that all MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products achieve the standards they were designed to meet.

Distribution

MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products are now protecting people in most major industrial regions, with a global distribution network covering more than 70 countries throughout the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, UK, Europe, North and South America. Microgard Limited supplies a select range of specialist distributors. These distributors serve different markets ranging from the agricultural industry to the petrochemical sector. Our drive and determination to lead through advances in innovation, and in understanding local conditions, lies behind our fast growing global distribution network supplying companies and organisations. To support both our distribution network and end users we have a team of regional Business Development Managers, whose primary function is to provide technical sales support, product demonstration and training in support of our customers throughout the World.

Innovation

In 2013 Microgard will launch a new and innovative range of air-supplied chemical protective suits. The MICROGARD®/MICROCHEM® AIRline and AVANT AIRline product ranges will offer wearers complete protection from both respiratory and skin hazards, with full certification in accordance with various European and International standards.

Microgard is the preferred choice for many chemical, oil and petrochemical companies supplying a wide range of chemical protective clothing. MICROCHEM® 4000 is renowned for its lightweight yet robust textile feel. This unique multi-layer barrier laminate provides an exceptional barrier to organic and inorganic chemicals. MICROCHEM® 4000 APOLLO is a fully encapsulated liquid tight (Type 3) chemical suit designed for use with self contained breathing apparatus and is used by emergency response teams involved in essential clean up operations. MICROGARD® CFR is a flame retardant material designed to be worn over thermal protective garments offering protection from particulates and pressurised liquid spray without compromising worker protection in the event of a flash fire.

Technical expertise

Advice on the suitability of chemical protective clothing for a task is very often based on reported permeation breakthrough times. The standard test methods used for measuring breakthrough time (e.g. EN 374-3, ISO 6529, ASTM F 739) are often regarded as representing the ‘worst case scenario’, since the chemical is held in direct contact with the barrier material. Intermittent contact or splashes of chemical, in real life, may in fact lengthen the breakthrough time.

Also, laboratory generated chemical permeation data may not always reflect conditions in the workplace. Temperature, pressure and flexing could all potentially have an impact on the breakthrough time. When choosing chemical protective clothing consideration has to be given to permeation and penetration, and the physical performance attributes of the product (abrasion, tear, tensile, strength). Other physical properties to consider are the strength of seams and closures (e.g. zips) the flexibility, weight and comfort factors (e.g. thermal insulation or breathability). The best chemically resistant material will be ineffective if torn, cut, punctured or otherwise damaged.

MICROGARD® and MICROCHEM® products have been extensively tested to achieve ASTM, ANSI, European Norms (EN), Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) and the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Association (KOSHA) standards for chemical protective clothing – and we work extensively with our distributors to ensure conformance with all relevant local test methods and standards.

The MICROCHEM® chemical database is now available online and features permeation resistance for more than 200 chemicals, including the ASTM F1001 and EN ISO 6529 recommended list of challenge chemicals. All testing is performed by independent, accredited testing laboratories.

To help you in the selection of the most suitable garments to meet your specific needs the Microgard Technical Team can advise you in the selection of chemical protective clothing. Visit http://www.microgard.com/ for more details or e-mail technical@microgard.com

 

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