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Protecting Lab Workers from Liquid Chemical and Thermal Burn Injury

Laboratory workers are often exposed to an abundance of flammable and combustible liquids that pose the risk of burn injury. Employers that implement a PPE program that’s specific to lab hazards will help protect workers and labs from the outcomes of serious injuries from exposure to these hazards. This whitepaper provides employers with information on the uses and benefits of FR/CP and CP lab coats.

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During these turbulent times, we’re doing everything we can to help keep those of you on the frontlines safe as you go about your important work. That’s why our experts have compiled a new tech briefing with instructions for the proper laundering of CP clothing that has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Follow these guidelines to help keep your PPE safe and sanitized.

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Bulwark CP offers FR/CP lab coats that are designed specifically for use in the specialized laboratory environment, to protect against inadvertent chemical splashes and thermal hazards.
Chemical Splash Protection for Laboratories

Lab coats have been used for decades, but they have typically been made from cotton or polyester/cotton blends, with the primary purpose of keeping foreign materials off the clothing under the coat. Two of the most common lab accidents involve chemicals and fire/explosions, and common lab coats don’t provide protection from either hazard. This technical brief outlines the importance of chemical splash protection (CP) clothing for laboratories. Read on to learn more.

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Swatch Kit 101

Chemical testing methodology for Bulwark CP’s Swatch Kit

The swatch kit is a unique tool that allows you to test the chemicals used in your lab against Bulwark CP and FR/CP fabric. Our groundbreaking lab coats help protect against burn injuries caused by inadvertent chemical splashes by repelling small amounts of liquid chemicals. We’ve tested it against many common chemicals, but since they vary from lab to lab, we highly encourage you to run a test using the chemicals specific to your lab.

Your safety is our number one priority, so remember to exercise caution and be sure you’re wearing proper PPE when performing the test.

Here's how it's done:

1. Place two or more test specimens flat on a smooth, horizontal surface.

2. Carefully place a small drop (approx. 5 mm in diameter) on the test specimen, in three locations along the width of the fabric, approx. 1 1/2 inches apart.

3. The dropper tip should be held at a height of approx. 1/4 in from the fabric surface. (DO NOT TOUCH THE FABRIC WITH THE DROPPER TIP).

4. Observe the drops for 10 seconds.

5. Compare the drops to the AATCC 193 Visual Rating Guide below. We consider an A or B rating as passing.

Groundbreaking protection for groundbreaking work.

Burn injuries caused by thermal hazards and/or inadvertent chemical splashes are the most common type of lab accidents. Bulwark CP offers single and multi-hazard protective garments that are lightweight and comfortable to wear. Now you can order your own swatch kit to see how our fabric measures up against the hazards present in your lab. Simply follow the instructions listed in the swatch kits to test and experience the groundbreaking protection for yourself. Learn how to use Bulwark CP's Swatch Kit here.

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Whether you need single- or multi-hazard protection, Bulwark CP offers PPE clothing that will stand up to all your industry’s hazards.
Whether you need single- or multi-hazard protection, Bulwark CP offers PPE clothing that will stand up to all your industry's hazards.
FR Clothing for Laboratories

Lab coats have been used for decades, but they have typically been made from cotton or polyester/cotton blends with the primary purpose being to keep foreign materials off of the clothing worn under the coat. Flame-resistant (FR) lab coats have also been available for years, but they have not been widely used. However, the use of FR lab coats in university labs has become increasingly important due to a number of recent accidents related to fire and clothing ignition. Having PPE that combines durable FR protection with inadvertent chemical-splash protection (CP), makes it ideal for many laboratories. This technical brief outlines the importance of FR clothing in laboratories. Read on the learn more.

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Stay Informed

The best way for you and your team to keep lab safety top of mind is to stay educated. The Bulwark Protection PPE experts provide a wide range of tools and resources on how to select the right PPE clothing and tips on how to properly implement a safety program.

  • FR/CP Technical Brief

  • NFPA® 45
  • OSHA 1910.1450

How We Got Here

The Bulwark® FR brand came into existence more than 47 years ago on the frontlines of the Canadian oil fields. We understand that there is a demand for PPE that looks just as good and fits just as well as it protects. And, for the first time ever, the world’s most trusted names in FR and PPE are uniting, to provide the ultimate one-stop safety solution. When you need to outfit your team with protective garments that are purposefully designed to boost comfort, spirits and productivity you can rely on Bulwark® FR, Bulwark® CP, and Workrite® Fire Service to protect your crew from head to toe.

Safety Updates
The Fundamentals of Lab Safety

In labs across our country and around the globe, important work is being done. Each and every day, scientists are making discoveries that improve our world and saves lives. At Bulwark CP, it is our relentless pursuit to help protect the brilliant minds behind that work. We develop innovative PPE solutions that protect lab workers from inadvertent chemical splashes and thermal hazards, while allowing them to move freely and comfortably, all the discovery-driven day long. But while proper PPE is a crucial part of the protection equation, there’s more to lab safety than having the right gear. From allocating resources to developing failsafe processes, below is our experts’ list of 15 fundamental practices to ensure this environment of ingenuity is one of protection, too.

15 Fundamental Practices

1. Follow the written Environmental Health & Safety affairs (EH&S) policy statement.

2. Read your lab safety manual.

3. Organize a departmental committee of employees and management that meets regularly to discuss EH&S issues.

4. Allocate a portion of the departmental budget to safety.

5. Implement an EH&S orientation for all new employees. 

6. Make learning to be healthier, safer and more environmentally friendly an integral part of your education, work and life.

7. Get involved in your safety program, make safety part of your day-to-day job and encourage your peers to do the same.

8. Be prepared for unannounced laboratory inspections.

9. Identify and correct hazardous conditions and unsafe practices.

10. Before conducting an experiment, ask yourself:

- What are the hazards or potential hazards?

- What regulatory standards apply to these hazards?

- What are the prudent practices, protective facilities and personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to minimize the risk of exposure to hazards?

11. Include health and safety considerations in every pre-experiment discussion.

12. Ensure that the appropriate PPE, such as flame-resistant or chemical-splash protective lab coat, is on hand and available when you need it.

13. Develop specific work practices for individual experiments, such as those that involve particularly hazardous materials and/or should only be conducted in a ventilated hood.

14. Don't allow experiments to run unattended unless they are failsafe.

15. Maintain an easily accessible safety library with relevant resources.

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