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iQ Series® Garments Made with Nomex® Comfort Win Innovation Award

Unique Design by Bulwark® Protection and Innovative Fabric by DuPont Are Winning Combination

WILMINGTON, Del, June 22, 2020 – Bulwark® Protection and DuPont Safety & Construction are pleased to announce that the iQ Series® garment collection made exclusively with DuPont™ Nomex® Comfort fabric has received a 2020 Innovation Award from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD).

Bulwark® Protection and its parent company, VF Workwear, earned the NAUMD Best Garment Innovation—Comfort Award in recognition of going above and beyond to transform the comfort and function of a uniform.

Complaints from customers who wear flame-resistant (FR) garments revealed that they found the fabric to be hot, heavy and not breathable, problems that could be solved by using Nomex® Comfort.

“At Bulwark, we are relentless in our pursuit of bringing game-changing FR innovations to the market that solve real-world FR problems,” said Robert Grimes, VP/GM—Bulwark® Protection.

The iQ Series® garments are made with Nomex® Comfort, an innovative fabric that is inherently flame resistant and delivers both extreme protection and maximum comfort. Nomex® Comfort is lightweight, highly breathable and quick drying. It is also the lightest weight fabric on the market that meets international standards for heat and flame protection (NFPA 2112) and predicted body burn protection (ASTM F1930).

The award-winning garment collection includes multiple styles of shirts, pants and coveralls for men and women. Unique design features include patent-pending mobility pleats, larger pockets, mobility gussets and double knee patches.

“The iQ Series® garment collection is a perfect example of how Bulwark® listens to its customers and works to deliver innovative solutions that help keep workers safe and more comfortable,” said David Domnisch, Global Business Leader, DuPont Personal Protection. “We want to congratulate Bulwark® for receiving this prestigious award and are pleased that they chose Nomex® Comfort fabric to help them deliver unparalleled protection and maximum comfort.”

To learn more about the award-winning iQ Series® garment collection, visit (https://www.bulwark.com/iq-series-mens-midweight-mobility-coverall/QC22.html). To learn more about Nomex® Comfort, visit https://www.dupont.com/knowledge/introducing-nomex- comfort.html.

About Bulwark® Protection
When real lives are on the line and corporate reputations are at stake you can turn to Bulwark® Protection. We’re the PPE powerhouse that surrounds you completely. We balance the demand for FR and PPE that looks as good as it protects. Every look, line, label, fit, feature and functionality we create is purposefully designed based on firsthand insights. We make have-to-wears, want-to- wears. We expand your knowledge in all directions with the latest information, advice and guidance. Bulwark® Protection - Protection built around you. For more information, visit www.bulwark.com.

About VF Workwear
VF Workwear is a leading supplier of workwear apparel that enhances worker productivity and comfort, and delivers industry, leading innovation.  Our Nashville workwear business is a prominent manufacturer and marketer of apparel for the workplace with over $800 million in sales.  Our brands (Bulwark, Red Kap, Horace Small, Timberland Pro, VF Solutions, Dickies, Terra, and Kodiak) consists of apparel that is primarily work shirts, workpants, coverings and footwear worn by millions of workers across a wide range of industries and government organizations around the world.

VF Workwear Purpose: We Champion and Empower Workers who Make Our World Work Better.

About DuPont Safety & Construction
DuPont Safety & Construction is a global leader in delivering innovation for life’s essential needs in water, shelter and safety; enabling its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands including Corian®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, GreatStuff™, Styrofoam ™ and Filmtec®.

About DuPont
DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, health and wellness, food, and worker safety. More information can be found at www.dupont.com/.

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06/22/20

DuPont™, the DuPont Oval Logo, and all trademarks and service marks denoted with ™, ℠ or ® are owned by affiliates of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. unless otherwise noted. iQ Series® is a registered trademark of Bulwark® Protection, a brand of VF Workwear.

The use of illustrations (photos, slides, transparencies, etc.) supplied by DuPont is only authorized in conjunction with the texts supplied by DuPont itself. This material can in no case be used to illustrate texts concerning the products and/or services of any companies other than DuPont.

For further information contact:
Name: Lori Gettelfinger, Global Communication Leader, DuPont Personal Protection
Phone: 615-527-7326
Email: lori.a.gettelfinger@dupont.com

Name: Angie Wilson – Marketing Manager
Phone: 615.565.5358
Email: angie_wilson@vfc.com

We're gearing up for the world's largest fire service convention.

FDIC International

Postponed

Indiana Convention Center
1100 S Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Booth #1704

FDIC International is the place to be for fire & rescue professionals from over 65 countries. This is the premier firefighter exhibit where you'll learn from world-class instructors, engage in workshops and seminars and discover the most innovative products and services available to the industry. Our FR experts Mark Saner will be there at booth #1704 to answer all your fire service questions.

Insect Shield® FAQs

Bulwark is thrilled to introduce our new line of Bulwark FR clothing with Insect Shield® technology, with protection guaranteed to last through 50 washes. To help introduce this innovative technology, we put together a fact sheet that answers your top Insect Shield questions. It covers everything from what types of bugs the garments repel, to how to properly launder and care for your garments. When it comes to answering your questions, we’ve got you covered.

Fill out the form below to download the sheet.

We're gearing up for the world's largest fire service convention.

FDIC International

Postponed

Indiana Convention Center
1100 S Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Booth #1704

FDIC International is the place to be for fire & rescue professionals from over 65 countries. This is the premier firefighter exhibit where you'll learn from world-class instructors, engage in workshops and seminars and discover the most innovative products and services available to the industry. Our FR experts Mark Saner will be there at booth #1704 to answer all your fire service questions.

PITTCON CONFERENCE & EXPO 2020

March 3, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 4, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 5, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

McCormick Place
2301 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

Booth #1119

Pittcon is a global event that offers a unique opportunity to get a hands-on look at the latest innovations in laboratory science and to find solutions for all your lab challenges. Academia and government officials from over 90 countries worldwide attend this event. Our very own CP expert will be there at booth #1119 to answer all your laboratory and material handling safety questions.

Safety Updates
Top 5 Lab Safety Tips

OXNARD, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2018) — From fires and explosions to sharp objects, pathogens and dangerous chemicals, laboratories are home to a variety of hazards. To help promote lab safety, Workrite Uniform Company — a manufacturer of protective workwear, including lab coats — recommends following these safety tips.

1. ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY PROGRAM

Based on the hazards in your laboratory and the applicable safety standards and regulations, determine the equipment, procedures, emergency protocols and environmental conditions that will best facilitate safety. Be sure to document the program and complete ongoing audits as needed.

2. CREATE A CULTURE OF SAFETY

Once you’ve established a safety program, it is important to communicate all safety information clearly and ensure laboratory personnel and visitors fully understand the actions they need to take. Make sure that safety is treated as a top priority and that each individual has the safety resources they need and feels comfortable bringing up safety concerns.

3. FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES

Outlining safety procedures is one thing — following them consistently is another. Even basics such as keeping food out of the lab, storing chemicals correctly, practicing good housekeeping in work areas and washing your hands can easily be forgotten. Remember that skipping a step even once can have devastating consequences.

4. USE THE PROPER PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) can include lab coats, safety glasses or goggles, gloves, and beyond. Always ensure that the equipment you select is designed for the hazards present in your laboratory. For example, you may need lab coats that are flame-resistant (FR), offer chemical-splash protection (CP) or provide a combination of both (FR/CP).

5. REGULARLY RE-EVALUATE YOUR APPROACH

Even if you have a strong safety program in place and have gone awhile without an accident, it is still important to be vigilant. Stay on the lookout for potential safety issues as well as new innovations in laboratory safety, and continue to improve your program over time.

Workrite Uniform manufactures chemical-splash protection (CP) lab coats, flame-resistant (FR) lab coats and FR/CP lab coats that combine thermal and chemical-splash protection in a single garment.

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.

Industry News
Multi-Hazard Protective Clothing

GARMENTS ADDRESS FLASH FIRE, ARC FLASH, CHEMICAL SPLASH & POOR VISIBILITY

Multitasking is everywhere. Not just in the way we live our lives, but also in the products we use every day. Our cellphones now access the internet and double as calculators, GPS systems, cameras and more. Our watches don’t just tell time, but also count our steps, monitor our heart rates and alert us when we have new text messages. So why shouldn’t our protective apparel serve more than one purpose as well?

According to Frost and Sullivan’s North American Industrial Protective Clothing Market Forecast to 2020, apparel with multiple protective functionalities is becoming increasingly popular. This isn’t surprising, considering that many occupations involve more than one hazard — and most people would rather not wear extra layers of protective apparel or change clothes several times throughout the day to address each hazard they might encounter.

DEFINING THE NEED

Protective clothing is only effective if it is worn consistently and correctly. The best way to encourage proper use is to make the protective apparel as comfortable and easy to wear as possible. By reducing the number of different garments and/or layers necessary for proper protection, you can help increase the likelihood that protective workwear won’t be worn improperly, or worse, forgotten or forgone entirely.

In this way, multi-hazard protective apparel is a major step in improving safety. It provides a much more convenient and practical way to address protection against common workplace hazards, helping inspire increased wearer compliance.

Due to the significant advantages multi-hazard protective clothing offers, a variety of garments have been developed to address some of the most common hazard combinations in today’s work environments.

FLASH FIRE AND ARC FLASH

While a variety of industries face both flash fire and arc flash, employees working in utilities or oil and gas may be particularly likely to need protection against these two hazards. As a result, there is a need for multi-hazard protective apparel that meets the unique demands of those industries.

To address this need, flame-resistant (FR) clothing manufacturers have begun developing garments that meet the requirements of both NFPA 2112, the Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, and NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Various multi-hazard protection options are even available to meet the specific requirements for each of the NFPA 70E personal protective equipment (PPE) categories. As an added bonus, some of these multi-hazard garments provide protection against small molten metal splatter as well.

CHEMICAL SPLASH AND THERMAL HAZARDS

In many environments where thermal hazards such as arc flash or flash fire are present, there is also a risk of chemical splash. This combination of hazards may be a concern for those working in laboratories, food processing, machinery and transportation, agriculture, or anywhere else flammable substances or liquid chemicals are present.

Fortunately, recent clothing innovations combining chemical-splash protective technology with FR fabric have made simultaneous protection against these hazards significantly more comfortable and convenient. You can now purchase lab coats that offer lightweight, breathable protection against both thermal hazards and inadvertent chemical splash — and other products aren’t far away.

POOR VISIBILITY AND THERMAL HAZARDS

It is not uncommon to find thermal hazards in work environments where there is also poor visibility, resulting in a need for both FR and high-visibility protection. Even if it is worn over FR clothing, non-FR high-visibility clothing can ignite, continue to burn and even melt when exposed to heat and flame, endangering the wearer. But choosing to forego high-visibility clothing can be just as dangerous.

To solve this problem, FR clothing manufacturers developed high-visibility FR clothing that meets the requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories as well as NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112. Now available in a variety of styles of vests, T-shirts and beyond, high-visibility FR clothing is a safety game-changer for workers in industries ranging from electrical utilities to oil and gas.

A FINAL NOTE

While multi-hazard protection can be the perfect solution in many work environments, it is not right for everyone. When selecting workwear, safety should always be the top priority. To evaluate the best protective clothing options for your workplace, begin by thoroughly assessing all potential hazards and consulting the applicable safety standards. From there, other factors such as comfort, long-term cost-effectiveness and style preferences should be taken into account.

If multi-hazard protection sounds like the right choice for you, remember that it is not all garments are created equal. In addition to providing combined protection against relevant hazards, the multi-hazard protection products you choose should be able to meet the demands of your work environment. For the best on-the-job performance and longest wear life, look for garments that are built for durability and made from high-quality, low-shrinkage fabrics. When it comes to comfort, you’ll want to find products that support ease of movement, fit properly, offer good breathability and help manage moisture. Since many of these factors are subjective, you may wish to work with a manufacturer that offers wear trials so you can test out your options before making a purchase.

Multi-hazard protection is already making a significant difference in safety, and these innovations are only the beginning. As work environments continue to evolve and the workwear industry shapes itself in response, new and better ways of protecting workers will continue to unfold.

Industry News
The Science Behind Insect Shield

Bulwark is thrilled to announce that we will be launching a new line of Bulwark FR clothing with Insect Shield® technology. Those who work in the great outdoors know, there’s one particularly pesky downside to all that fresh air: insects. And for those who face thermal hazards on the job, insect repellents like DEET are a big ol’ don’t. That’s why we took 13 of our top garments for men and women—including shirts and pants from the iQ Comfort Series, jean and hi-vis favorites, and our ultra-advanced Mobility Coveralls—and turned them into the ultimate PPE for the outdoors. This patented technology is proven to effectively repel insects ranging from mosquitoes to ticks and flies to fleas, with protection that lasts through 50 washes. So you can work pest-free and confidently compliant, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not a gimmick—it’s science! Insect Shield technology was invented in 1996, when Richard Lane was tapped by the U.S. Military to develop a durable, long-lasting way of bonding permethrin—a highly effective, EPA-registered insect repellent—to military uniforms. After many years of research and development, Lane was able to create a proprietary process that would bond the agent tightly into the weave of the fabric, ensuring it wouldn’t wash out.

How do you know it works? Well let’s just say, it’s been through the ringer. Insect Shield technology came out of years of intensive research and field study and has been tested, proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). The EPA requires extensive effectiveness data to prove a product's ability to repel insects. In order to achieve the EPA registration, Insect Shield technology has been tested against many species and varieties of these insects, including those that can carry dangerous diseases. The results conclusively show that the technology offers unique, long-lasting insect protection that works.

For Bulwark, this is an especially important development, since many wearers of FR clothing also work outdoors and are often at the mercy of the insects, as they are unable to use DEET—the highly flammable active ingredient in most insect repellents. Insects are not only annoying, but they can also be dangerously distracting while on the job, and can carry all sort of infectious diseases. Through our partnership with Insect Shield, we will offer a collection of 13 double-duty FR and insect repellent garments, guaranteed to maintain their pest protection through 50 washes. As the relentless protectors of those who power the world, we’re proud to be launching this innovative new line of protective apparel as yet another way to live that mission and, ultimately, keep you safer on the job.

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