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Nomex® Safety for Utilities Industry

Nomex® Safety for Utilities Industry

Many industrial jobs put electricians and utility workers at risk of flash fire and electric hazards. Due to the wide range of potential threats they may face, the right combination of protective apparel must be selected for optimum safety. It’s not only the type of fabric that’s an important consideration but also how fabric layering can offer different degrees of protection.

Nomex®: Reliable protection against multiple hazards

DuPont makes a range of Nomex® fibers to produce thermal industrial fabrics to protect wearers appropriately in different climates and working environments.

Nomex® III A – offers premium protection against hazards such as flash fire and pool fire. This fabric helps minimize break-open and expands to form a stable and inert barrier between the fire and skin; giving wearers the valuable seconds they need to escape from a hazard.

Nomex® Comfort – trusted for heat and flame protection, this fabric exceeds international standards (EN ISO 11612). It’s extremely durable and the lightest possible weight. As it absorbs much less moisture than cellulosic fibres such as cotton and viscose, Nomex® Comfort garments dry much quicker, providing greater comfort to the worker. Low level shrinkage, outstanding UV resistance and high durability make Nomex® Comfort garments an attractive all-rounder.

What about multi-hazard protection?

When multi-hazard protection is required, a Nomex®-based solution can be found. At the very lightest weight, these fabrics are engineered to provide a very durable and high level of protection against the combined hazards of heat, flame and arc; in single layer and multilayer compound structures:

  • Ibena Arc 240 g/m2 – lightweight single layer and multilayer solution
  • Fritsche DPF performance™ – 195 g/m2 - lightweight single layer and multilayer solution
  • Fritsche DPF performance™ – 220 g/m2 - lightweight single layer solution for heavy industrial wear
  • Fritsche DPF power™ – 220 g/m2 - lightweight single layer solution for heavy industrial wear


Nomex® MHP - Already a trusted brand for heat and flame protection, Nomex® MHP fabric now extends to protect against arc flash and small molten metal splashes. It is an excellent choice for workers in utility, chemical, refinery, and other hazardous industrial jobs.

It offers a top-performing alternative for FR Treated Cotton Blends and existing Modacrylic Blends, delivering:

  • More durability
  • Category leading comfort
  • Lower shrinkage
  • More professional appearance

The flame protection of Nomex® MHP, like in all products made of Nomex®, is inherent and provides permanent protection that won’t wash out or wear away.