Dust & particle protection


Meeting the standards for protection against dust and particles


Industries – and people – depend on protective garments to keep processes and personnel safe. DuPont knows that one mistake can be critical, to your business or to a person’s life. It therefore uses recognized International Standards to assess the quality and performance of its products.

DuPont™ coveralls made from Tyvek® provides superior barrier protection

When comparing the barrier performance of DuPont coveralls made from Tyvek®, microporous film (MPF) and SMS, under EN ISO 13982-2 test conditions, the Tyvek® models outperform those made from SMS and MPF. Within the Tyvek® range, barrier performance increases according to the degree of body coverage provided by the particular model, as well as its tightness and fit. DuPont therefore recommends selecting a model based on the hazard represented by the particulates and their concentration in the environment. For enhanced particulate protection, please consult SafeSPEC(tm) to select the best Tyvek(r) garment for your specific hazard. 


The standard EN 1073-2 is used to define the requirements and test methods for determining the performance of protective clothing used in environments with radioactive particulates. The test method also measures the inward leakage of particulates into the whole suit, which is then expressed as its nominal protection factor (NPF). It comes as no surprise that the NPF increases with the body coverage provided by the Tyvek® model and the tightness and fit of its design. In environments with a high concentration of radioactive particulates, the specifier will reduce risk by selecting a suit with a high NPF, such as Tyvek® 600 or Tyvek® 800.

All of the above helps keep the worker safe. But Tyvek® suits protection also keeps processes free from particle contamination. Tyvek® is low-linting, as tested by BS 6909, a standard method for the generation and counting of the airborne linting propensity of fabrics in their dry state. By nature of its continuously strong, high-density polyethylene fibers Tyvek® does not shed, making it an ideal material for applications such as painting and pharmaceutical production. 


Chemical/HAZMAT protection

For protection against chemical dangers, industrial workers rely on DuPont™ Tychem® garments.


Tyvek® protective apparel

Tyvek® helps offer an ideal balance of protection, durability and comfort to employees in industrial applications and contamination control environments, including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive and utilities.