The ONESUIT® chemical barrier is based on fluoropolymer (e.g. Teflon PTFE) technology. Fluoropolymers are the most chemically inert materials known to man, providing a very broad range of chemical resistance.In addition, woven and non-woven fabrics constitute the structural reinforcement. The fluoropolymers and reinforcement materials along with other films are put together utilizing Saint-Gobain’s CORETECH® technology. Please visit learn more about the garment technology.
All ONESUIT® hazmat suits withstand the abrasion tests that are built into the NFPA certifications. In addition, under the NFPA standards the garment & garment seams, visor and visor seams and gloves are preconditioned to a rigorous flex and abrasion protocol prior to the chemical testing.
Many multi-glove systems in the market experience inversion of the inner glove. This can severely limit the productivity of the user as it can take a long time wear the glove again. The ONESUIT® glove systems are single component gloves where the inner and outer gloves are attached, completely preventing the glove inversion problem and providing a much improved dexterity compared to multi-component gloves.
Some suit manufacturers publish extensive chemical permeation list as guidance on chemical barrier performance of suits. Saint-Gobain has refrained from publishing such a guide as this kind of information can be misleading and provides false security to the end-user. Saint-Gobain believes it as it’s duty to inform and educate the end customer on such permeation guides. The data is representative of only garment material in pristine condition and without the flex and abrasion preconditioning as required by NFPA 1991. Critical areas such as gloves, visor, garment seam, and visor seam testing not represented. The test results are over a period of several years without annual retesting as required by NFPA. The NFPA 1991 chemical test battery is representative of hundreds of chemicals. The test chemicals were carefully chosen as the most aggressive representations of various chemical families. If you did like a copy of the ONESUIT® garment permeation guide of various chemicals outside of the test battery, please Contact Us
The ONESUIT® chemical protective products are designed as multiple use products. In addition, some of the products such as ONESUIT® Flash and ONESUIT® Gard are multi-exposure products, that is they could be reutilized after thorough decontamination procedures. The rest of the products are designed only for single exposure, which means that if exposed to chemicals they should be properly disposed off after decontamination. . In accordance with the NFPA guidelines a visual inspection and pressure test of these products must be performed and passed prior to each use. Please refer the manual for the inspection criteria and pressure test procedure.
In the best interest of the end-users finances, ONESUIT® hazmat suits are designed for minimal maintenance. As opposed to suits from other manufacturers, the exhaust valves of ONESUIT® products come with a lifetime warranty and therefore are not required to be replaced periodically. Please refer to product manual for cleaning instructions / precautions. In accordance with the NFPA guidelines a visual inspection and pressure test of these products must be performed and passed prior to each use, and at least once per year if the suit has not been in use. Please refer the manual for the inspection criteria and pressure test procedure.
ONESUIT® Flash and ONESUIT® Gard are designed to be repairable. If you notice a need for suit repair please Contact Us so we can assist.
In order to clean the suit, liquid dish washing detergent may be used along with a disinfectant at the ratio of 1 oz. each per gallon of warm water. Using a soft, clean rag, gently rub the cleaning solution over the entire inside and outside surface of the suit. Using a different soft, clean rag and warm water, gently rinse the entire suit. To dry the suit, either lay the suit out so that the inside and oustide surfaces receive ventilation for drying, or place on a hanger. Do not use bleach as cleaning detergent.
ONESUIT® hazmat suits should be stored in a safe and dry location away from direct sunlight. We recommend that the zipper be left completely open. The suit may be stored in the supplied bag or on a hanger. One of the primary benefits of ONESUIT® products is that the flexible fabric allows the suit to be folded and stored, requiring little space. Please refer to the specific product manual or watch the ONESUIT Fold and Pack video (link) for more information on the correct folding procedure.
Saint-Gobain considers its approach to shelf-life in the best interest of safety and finances of the end user. In order to comply with certification requirements, Saint-Gobain has quantified a 10-15 year minimum storage life for our ONESUIT® hazmat suits. Please refer to the specific product page or manual for the shelf-life of a specific product. We maintain that there is no need to dispose of your ONESUIT® ensembles based strictly on a period of time.
We recommend that ONESUIT® hazmat suits be disposed per departmental procedures. Do not recycle the suit, as it consists of various inseparable components and will not biodegrade.