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Insulate Magazine Issue 11 - October 2017

When is an Insulation Manufacturer not and Insulation Manufacturer headlines the October issue of Insulate Magazine. Possibly the best front cover for an Insulation publication EVER. hood, rolling up sleeves, or partially unzipping the front. This can leave them exposed to potential hazards.A protective coverall’s breathability will depend largely on the material it is made from. Usually, protective coveralls are made from either SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) fabrics or laminate materials. SMS fabrics combine layers of polypropylene that can filter out certain chemicals and dry particulates, but still offer some porosity for breathability and comfort. Laminate materials usually consist of a polyethylene film laminated onto a non-woven polypropylene base. These afford greater chemical and liquid protection, but less breathability, than their SMS counterparts. So, it can be seen that a coverall’s breathability can be unfortunately inversely proportional to the level of protection it can provide. To strike a balance between protection and comfort, 3M offers protective coveralls made predominately from laminate fabric, but with a breathable SMS back panel. 3M is happy to provide companies with product samples so that their employees can trial them in their normal working conditions. Other features that can improve comfort include knitted cuffs, which are softer than elasticated ones, and elasticated waistbands, which enable improved protection whilst moving. Features that can improve functionality include three-panel hoods, which stay on better when the wearer turns their head than the two-panel alternatives, and different coloured coveralls, which can help to differentiate those workers who are exposed to particularly dangerous hazards from others. With so many things to consider, the selection process may at first seem daunting, but it needn’t be. If in doubt, seek advice. 3M’s experts are always happy to help you to decide which coveralls will be best for your workplace. For more information, visit or call 3M’s helpline on 0870 60 800 60 20

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