Chemical protective garment and suits type 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

The Hazmat suits are class 3 personal protective equipment (protection against serious and lethal risks). They are recommended for the protection of workers against hazardous substances in various forms (gas, liquid projections, aerosols, biological or bacteriological substances, solid or radioactive particles). Depending on their impermeability, the chemical protection suits are classified in 6 performance categories ranging from 1 for the most effective to 6 for the least effective.

Hazmat suits
  1. The NS Series disposable Coverall is the first level of protection for category 3. It offers protection against solid particles (type 5) and low-hazard liquid chemicals in the form of a light spray (liquid aerosols, sprays) or projected at low pressure (type 6). Made of microporous polyethylene (PE), it is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

    • Single-use category 3 type 5 & 6 coveralls (liquid splash and dust protection)
    • Particularly suitable for spray paint, insecticide, and pesticide spraying
    • Made of flexible laminated microporous polyethylene (PE) for comfort
    • Available in sizes M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
    • Excellent quality/price ratio
  2. The TS Series microporous coverall is a category 3 type 4, 5, and 6 protective clothing. It is composed of a polypropylene substrate coated with a laminated polyethylene microporous film (PP/PE). It prevents the passage of liquid molecules to the inside. But it allows water vapor to escape to the outside, making the garment very breathable and ideal for long-duration work.

    • Category 3 limited-use suit, type 4, 5 & 6 (garment impervious to low toxic chemical sprays)
    • Suitable for the pharmaceutical industry (blood, body fluids) and spray painting applications, crop protection spray
    • Made of laminated microporous polyethylene for excellent breathability
    • Antistatic (conforms to EN1149-1: 2005)
    • Available in 4 sizes: L, XL, XXL, XXXL
  3. The CHEM1 chemical suit is a type 3 chemical workwear providing an efficient protection against powerful jets and directional jets of liquid chemicals and high biological risks (viral infections, contagions). It's a lightweight and waterproof suit, particularly adapted for use in the chemical industry, pollution control, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors.

    • Type 3 & 4 chemical protective suit against liquid projections in the form of continuous jets and liquid sprays
    • Recommended in the most exposing and hazardous situations : chemicals leaks, biological and bacteriological risks
    • Suit with elastic at the hood, waist, wrists and ankles
    • HDPE laminated film and sealed stitched and welded seams
    • Double zipper with storm flap for optimum security at closure
  4. The CHEM3 heavy-duty chemical suit offers excellent protection against permeation of a wide variety of chemicals, biologicals, and bacteria, including some chemical warfare agents. It is a lightweight, waterproof suit using a multi-layer composite technology of EVOH and LDPE materials for optimum protection.

    • Waterproof chemical protection suit type 3 & 4, tight to liquids in the form of pressurized jets (continuous jet)
    • Recommended in situations of risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals, biological and bacteriological products (tested chemical warfare agents)
    • Multi-layer composite technology offering a very high level of protection
    • Double zipper / storm flap for security of the front closure
    • Antistatic (conforms to EN1149-1:2005)
  5. The CPS 5800 is a limited-use chemical protection coverall, gas-tight, liquid chemical splash-proof, aerosol-tight and solid particle-proof. It is a protective hazmat suit of category 3 type 1b, meaning that the breathing air supply (self-contained breathing apparatus - SCBA) is worn on the outside of the coverall.

    • Gas-tight chemical protection suit with SCBA worn outdoors (category 3 type 1b)
    • Integrated gas-tight gloves and socks with boot cover, can be used with different boot sizes
    • Permeation time > 480 minutes for many toxic chemicals
    • Large diagonal opening on the front for better implementation
    • Approved for industrial, fire department and marine use
  6. The CPS 5900 is a limited-use chemical protection coverall providing a superior protection against a large range of chemicals and chemical warfare agents. It is a category 3 type 1a suit with the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) under the coverall for a maximum protection and safety.

    • Gas-tight chemical protection suit with SCBA worn on the inside for maximum protection (category 3 type 1a)
    • Laminated inside and butyl outside gloves for optimal protection against chemicals and flame projections
    • Flexible, foldable, two-layer visor provides an almost natural field of view
    • Zipper with external chain with top to bottom closure
    • Approved for industrial, fire departments and marine use
  7. The CPS 6800 gas-tight suit, with its external breathing apparatus (type 1b), offers an efficient protection against hazardous substances in gaseous, liquid and solid form. It is designed in Umex, a material that guarantees high mechanical resistance ideal when manipulating cryogenic substances and works in cold environments.

    • Gas-tight protection chemical clothing with external wearing of SCBA (category 3 type 1b)
    • Suitable for acids, alkalis, chlorine, ammonia with excellent cold resistance
    • Designed in Umex, offering high mechanical resistance and an optimal wearing comfort
    • Operating temperature : -30°C to 60°C (up to -80°C for short term exposure)
    • Diagonal zipped to be able to put on the suit alone
  8. The HAZMAT CPS 6900 suit is a type 1a gas proof garment with the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) inside the equipment in order to offer maximum protection against gas, chemical substances, aerosols and solid particles. The suit is designed in Umex, a light and innovative material, ideal when working with liquefied gas and in cold environments.

    • Gas-tight chemical suit with SCBA worn inside for high protection (type 1a)
    • Particularly suitable when handling liquified gas, working in cold environments and in acid atmospheres
    • Engineered in Umex, it offers a great mechanical resistance and an optimal carrying comfort
    • Use temperature : -30°C to +60°C (up to -80°C for short term exposure)
    • Flexible and anti-fog visor with wide field of vision
  9. The reusable gas-tight HAZMAT suit CPS 7800 provides excellent protection against chemical, biological and bacteriological substances in gas, aerosol, liquid, and solid form. Made of D-mex, a flexible, antistatic, and highly resistant material, this coverall exceeds the most stringent protection requirements.

    • Type 1b gas-tight hazard suit with outdoor SCBA against chemical, biological and bacteriological substances
    • Composed of 5 layers of D-mex™ material that provides chemical resistance and mechanical protection exceeding international industry standards
    • BS 8467 approval, British requirements for CBRN protective suits
    • Operating temperature: -30°C to +60°C (-80°C max. for short-term exposure)
    • Antistatic, the coverall can be used in explosive areas (ATEX)
  10. The CPS 7900 CBRN hazard suit provides unparalleled protection against industrial toxins, biological or bacteriological substances, and chemical warfare agents in gaseous, aerosol, or liquid form. Its innovative 5-layer material is suitable for explosive areas (ATEX) use and cryogenic products handling.

    • CBRN gas-tight chemical protection suit with SCBA worn inside for maximum protection (type 1a)
    • Composed of 5 layers of D-mex™, a material that provides chemical resistance and high-performance mechanical protection
    • BS 8467 certified, UK requirements for CBRN protective suits
    • Large anti-fog lens with an almost "natural" field of view
    • Zipper on the side, can be opened from the top or the bottom
  11. The SPC 3700 ventilated chemical suit, combined with the CVA 0700 ventilation vest, provides comfortable type 3 protection against chemicals and infectious agents. It is resistant to a wide range of organic liquid chemical products, whereas the vest supplies a breathable air supply and a pleasant cooling effect.

    • Type 3 and 4 ventilated chemical protective clothes against liquid splashes in the form of a continuous stream
    • Particularly suitable for use in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and hospital industries
    • Combined with the CVA 0700 ventilation vest for unsurpassed comfort
    • Flexible visor and eyepiece with vertical and lateral large fields of view
    • Continuous supply of breathable air at 3 to 10 bar
  12. Particularly suitable for physical work in hot environments, the CVP 5220 Comfort Vest provides a cooling effect for up to 4 hours. You can wear this lightweight and comfortable jacket under chemical protective clothing, hazmat suits, or firefighters' coveralls. Large velcro straps ensure secure closure.

    • Comfortable cooling vest ready to use without preparation (phase change cooling effect)
    • Up to 4-hour duration of cooling effect depending on the physical effort and the ambient temperature
    • Automatic regeneration below 22°C within 4 hours
    • Washable, lightweight, and easy to adjust with Velcro straps
    • Available in 4 sizes (S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL, 4XL/5XL)

The use of hazmat suits is common in many fields of activity and application. These personal protective equipment are mostly used in the medical sector, laboratories, agriculture, sanitation, industrial refrigeration, asbestos removal, decontamination, emergency services, during chemical accidents and more particularly during works and interventions in toxic areas.

Choosing the right chemical protection suit

Choosing the right protective clothing may seem like a complicated task considering the potential risks involved. First of all, it is necessary to evaluate the exact content of the chemical risks involved: gas or aerosols, chemical, biological or bacteriological substances, liquid or solid particles.

In Europe, chemical suits are classified from 1 to 6 according to different European standards. In the United States, they are classified from A to D depending on their performances and characteristics.

The different types of hazmat suits:

Type 1 (EN 943 standard): The hazmat suits are gas-tight chemical protection suits, protecting against liquid chemical agents, gas and aerosols as well as very fine particles. They are equipped with a breathable air supply inside the suit (type 1a) or outside (type 1b) via an air supply system
Type 2 (EN 943 standard): Non-gastight garments, protection against chemical products, liquids and aerosols
Type 3 (EN 14605 standard): Chemical garment, resistant to liquids in the form of continuous jets
Type 4 (EN 14605 standard): Fogs and liquid sprays tight coverall
Type 5 (EN 13982-1 standard): Protection against solid particles suspended in the air
Type 6 (EN 13034 standard): Limited time protection against liquid chemical splashes

Types 1 and 2 are particularly adapted for sites classified as high chemical risks areas. The type 1a or “diving suit” with the SCBA worn inside the suit is the most protective. Types 3 and 4 (intermediary protection) are mostly used in petrochemistry and chemical industries. The type 5 suits protect against solid particles products carried by the air (toxic dust) and can therefore be used for asbestos removal or during dusting operations in the agricultural environment.

Limited-use or reusable hazmat suits ? 

The reusable hazmat suits are heavier, the most cumbersome and the most expensive, sometimes weighing up to 300 gr/m2 as they are more protective. They require very careful decontamination in approved maintenance centers, which can result in significant costs and delays.

Limited-use hazmat suits offer better comfort and a targeted protection depending on the nature of the risks encountered, but must be systematically thrown away if contaminated or if they have a mechanical flaw (tear, perforation, scratch).

Single-use suits are designed for a single use only and must be systematically thrown away after use. They are usually an excellent value and do not require a return to an authorized service center.

Permeation and resistance of Hazmat suits

The permeation time of a hazmat suit defines the time that it takes a chemical agent to break through the material of the equipment. In Europe, permeation time tests are mostly released depending on the FINABEL 0.7.C standard. The different materials that constitute a chemical suit have different permeation times. This characteristic must be taken into account in the choice of equipment for each application.

In certain fields of applications, the flame resistance of a chemical suit may be necessary. When working in ATEX zones and/or in the presence of flammable gas and liquids, the wearing of a Hazmat antistatic suit for this type of work is essential.

As a guarantee of exceptional know-how and quality, leading manufacturers of chemical suits such as Dräger and RSG offer a wide range of coveralls, from asbestos and silica protection (type 5) to CBRN suits tested for chemical warfare (type 1a), as well as type 3 suits, which are very popular in the chemical and cold industries.

Maintenance and annual check control of Hazmat suits

The reusable or limited-use chemical protection suits are class 3 personal protective equipment. They are therefore subject to an annual periodical check like all class 3 PPE. This periodic inspection includes a tightness check of the suit and valves on a test bench. For reusable versions, this complete inspection must be performed every year for 10 years.

GazDetect - authorized maintenance center - performs all annual periodical checks of the entire range of Dräger and RSG chemical suits in our maintenance laboratory. Do not hesitate to contact us for the maintenance of these very special PPE.