When working around corrosive liquid, you need to be protected.
When working around corrosive liquid chemicals, you need to be protected in case splash occurs. At the same time, you need to be able to move around easily and remain comfortable so as not to sacrifice your productivity. Garments made with GORE® chemical splash fabric provide a combination of liquid splash protection and breathable comfort not available with traditional vinyl or rubber suits.
Why Our Fabric?
- Liquid vs. Vapor Protection
Because the hazards of chemical exposure vary depending on the chemical’s state, one factor in selecting the right clothing depends on whether you need protection against liquid penetration or vapor permeation.
- Durable Protection From Chemicals
When working around corrosive liquid chemicals, you need to be protected against splash. Garments made with GORE® Chemical Splash fabrics provide liquid penetration resistance while allowing you to move freely and work comfortably. Protective clothing made from this unique fabric also gives you the time necessary to exit the area and get to an emergency shower in case of an accidental splash with a dangerous chemical.
- Increased Productivity
Unlike traditional vinyl or rubber suits that are hot, heavy, and cumbersome, garments made with GORE® Chemical Splash fabrics provide protection while maintaining comfort. Protective clothing made from this fabric allows your perspiration to escape, which reduces heat stress and increases comfort. Since the fabric is lightweight and comfortable, it can be worn for a full shift without excessive overheating.
- Performance Over Time
Durability is an important part of maintaining your protection. If your gear is exposed to high heat, rips or tears easily, or can’t withstand the elements of your working environment, your protective barrier can be compromised. Our protective fabrics combine tough, durable shells and liners to provide a long-lasting protective garment.
- Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
When selecting garments to wear while working with chemicals, look beyond the initial investment. The durability of our washable and reusable fabrics delivers a long product life.
- The Gore Advantage
Wearing garments that withstand the conditions in which you work depends on the quality of the fabrics’ construction and the manufacturing process of the garment. For 35 years, W. L. Gore & Associates has been a pioneer in developing high-performance barrier fabrics for first responder and military applications. At Gore, we work closely with our licensed manufacturers from initial product design through rigorous laboratory and field testing and final product performance — all to ensure that you can be confident that your garments do what we say they will do.
Select Your Fabric
GORE® Chemical Splash Fabric is vapor-permeable, specifically engineered to prevent incidental skin contact with liquid chemicals, while providing maximum comfort through breathability. It should not be used for protection against hazardous vapor exposures or exposures to carcinogens. GORE® Chemical Splash fabric is available in a one-piece coverall and a two-piece jacket and bib overall in any of the following fabrics:
A red textured polyester oxford outer fabric with a polyester tricot inner liner
A blue aramid ripstop outer fabric with an aramid jersey knit inner liner for non-flammable performance
A heavier-weight navy blue aramid laminate that provides the same protection as the other fabrics, plus greater thermal insulation for added protection against high-temperature liquids
NFPA 1992 Standard
NFPA 1992, Standard on Liquid Splash-Protective Ensembles and Clothing for Hazardous Materials Emergencies, 2005 Edition
This standard specifies liquid splash-protective ensembles designed to protect emergency response personnel during hazardous material emergencies from specific chemicals in a liquid splash environment. This standard also provides optional criteria for liquid splash-protective ensembles for escape protection only from chemical flash fires.
Learn more about the NFPA standards that relate to first responder gear, footwear, gloves, and ChemBio PPE.
How To Buy
Already know what you’re looking for?
Learn more about our chemical splash protective fabrics:
GORE® Chemical Splash Fabric
GORE® Chemical Splash Fabric Technical Data and Applications Guide
Liquid vs. Vapor Protection
When you are selecting garments to wear while working with chemicals, it is important to distinguish between vapor permeation and liquid penetration. Protection against chemicals in these two forms (vapor and liquid) is evaluated with different types of tests (ASTM F739 for vapor permeation and ASTM F903c for liquid penetration). It’s important to remember that liquid penetration resistance does not indicate that the fabric is vapor-tight.
Permeation is the process by which a chemical moves through material on a molecular level, and protection against exposure from chemical permeation is evaluated based on the ability of the chemical to pass through (i.e., permeate) the fabric in this way. NFPA 1991 associates vapor-tight integrity and permeation data with vapor protection. Therefore, ensembles compliant with NFPA 1991 are suitable for protection against vapor permeation.
On the other hand, penetration is the bulk flow of a liquid chemical through the material, seams, or suit interfaces. Protection against exposure to liquids is evaluated based on the fabric’s ability to prevent the chemical from penetrating through the material. When you need liquid splash protection, but not vapor protection, it is appropriate to choose a protective ensemble that complies with NFPA 1992.
Warning: No products, including garments, footwear, and gloves, protect completely, even when new; their protective performance will decline with wear, tear, abrasion, and other damage associated with use.