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US' UniFirst unveils breathable, lightweight FR workwear

May '21
Pic: UniFirst Corporation
Pic: UniFirst Corporation
UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniforms, workwear, and facility service products, has unveiled Bulwark iQ Series of safety apparel, adding to an already robust core uniform service offering of flame resistant (FR) and high visibility personal protective equipment (PPE). The apparel is breathable and lightweight.

In partnership with Bulwark, a brand of VF Corporation, UniFirst is now offering business customers a selection of Bulwark iQ Series FR work shirts, pants, and coveralls. This innovative collection contains National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Category 2, 2112-compliant arc-rated safety garments that are revolutionising the FR industry by addressing long-standing issues of garment weight, breathability, and comfort that are often commonplace when wearing more traditional FR protective workwear in warmer climates.

Billed as FR apparel that "breaks the comfort barrier without compromising your level of protection," the iQ Series from UniFirst represents an entirely new way of FR thinking. The innovative woven shirts and coveralls use new TenCate EVOLV, an ultra-lightweight, comfortable 5.5 oz/yd blended FR fabric with Nomex by DuPont. The iQ Series work shirts and coveralls come with 360 degrees enhanced visibility striping for workers in low-/no-light environments.

Its endurance work pants feature advanced Westex G2 fabrics by Milliken, "where comfort meets functionality."

IQ Series FR products are exclusive to Bulwark and are redefining how FR garments look, feel, breathe, and perform. In industries such as oil and gas, electric utilities, drilling and welling, where potential flame risk hazards exist, FR uniforms and other PPE can often make a difference in helping to protect wearers from debilitating burns, blindness, dismemberment, and even death. Depending on the wearer's industry and line of work, any number of hazards may be encountered on the job - from arc flash, flash fire, and combustible dust risks to extreme weather and high heat conditions, to low- or no-light environments.

Contending with heavier, motion-restricting, non-breathable workwear can add unnecessary layers of complication to already hazardous situations. The iQ Series is designed with the latest-generation technologies to help combat industry-specific hazards, all in a highly functional, breathable, lightweight construction that enables workers to focus on their work and not on their workwear.

"We're excited to be expanding our offering of FR protective workwear with such a highly regarded, sought out, and forward-thinking line of safety apparel as the Bulwark iQ Series," said Adam Soreff, UniFirst's director of marketing and communications. "For years, we've heard concerns from Category 2 FR wearers in warmer environments that their workwear was heavy, uncomfortable, and simply not breathable. The new iQ Series answers the call with very lightweight, breathable construction along with protective properties that are changing how people think about FR apparel."

Available via UniFirst rental services, the Bulwark iQ Series of FR shirts, pants, and coveralls can be tailored specifically to each employee's job function.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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