- Can Tyvek® garments be recycled?
Yes, non-contaminated garments used in clean room operations can be recycled for non-hazardous applications.
- How much chemical Protection will Tyvek® garments provide?
Tyvek® garments are acceptable for situations involving dry hazardous particles and aerosols.
- Can Tyvek® garments be used for paint spraying applications?
Yes, testing on isocyanate spray paint systems show that Tyvek® can be used with isocyanate-based paints, under proper conditions. Garments made of Tyvek® are not appropriate in spray applications if they become soaked with overspray and back splatter. The well-designed spray booth should not result in excessive over-spray and back-splatter. Some two-part, isocyanate-based, spray paints contain hexamethylene diisocyante (HMDI) and aliphatic isocyanate oligomers. In many isocyanate paint formations, there is less than 0.1% free HMDI present in the hardener component of the paint formulation which quickly reacts upon mixing with the other component. The aliphatic isocyanate oligomers have low vapor pressure and are present as an aerosol during spraying.
- Can Tyvek® garments be used in clean rooms?
Recycled Tyvek® garments are suitable for some clean rooms.
- What is the shelf life of Tyvek® garments?
Tyvek® garments have a shelf life of at least 5 years based on hyperbaric oxidative degradation studies.
- How Fluid repellent are Tyvek® garments?
Tyvek® garment material will resist water penetration up to 1.5 psi and liquid penetration by blood at a similar level.
- Are Tyvek® garments anti-static or static dissipative?
Recycled garments are not anti-static or static dissipative due to the processing application.
- Is it possible to wash Tyvek® garments?
Tyvek® garments are inexpensive and were designed to be disposable. However, for some applications it can be hand washed with mild soap and line dried. We do not recommend washing.
- Can Tyvek® be used in welding applications?
Tyvek® garments should not be used for welding applications. Tyvek® garments are not flame resistant or flame retardant and should not be used around heat, flame, sparks or potentially flammable environments.
- What colors are Tyvek® garments available in?
Tyvek® garments are available in white.
- Us an MSDS available for Tyvek® garments?
Tyvek® garments are considered to be "articles" and are therefore exempt from MSDS reporting requirements.
- How long may Tyvek® garments be used before discarding?
All Tyvek® garments are designed for limited-use; the actual use time will vary depending on work conditions and hazards present.
- Have Tyvek® fabrics been tested for cytotoxicity (toxic effects on human cells)?
Yes. Tyvek® garment fabrics exhibit no cytotoxity.
- Are Tyvek® garments flame resistant or flame retardant?
Tyvek® garments are not flame resistant or flame retardant and should not be used around heat, flame, sparks or potentially flammable environments.
- How should Tyvek® garments be disposed of? May the garments be incinerated?
The recommended method of disposal is burial in a landfill in accordance with applicable local, state, national, EC and/or federal regulations. If a suit is known to be contaminated additional requirements may apply. Discarded suits should be mutilated to avoid re-use by unauthorized individuals.
Tyvek® garments are certified incinerable by GTS Duratek. Tyvek® garments may be incinerated if not contaminated with chemicals, which would prevent incineration. Given the proper combustion conditions, incineration of Tyvek® will generate water vapor, carbon dioxide and a small amount of mineral ash residue. A mixture of smoke and fumes are emitted when burned. It is recommended that positive pressure, self-contained breathing apparatus be worn; extinguish with dry chemical, foam or carbon dioxide.
**Please note that all Tyvek® information was taken directly from the Dupont™ informational site online.
***Recycled Tyvek® has the same protection as new Tyvek®
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