What are Disposable Coveralls?
Disposable coveralls are a type of protective clothing used in various activities in different industries to keep you safe as you work. They are worn everyday for medical workers, factory workers, nearly all manufacturing industries, and also worn when you are painting at home. The fabric protects your skin and undergarments without having to decontaminate your clothes. You should decontaminate your clothes every time you are in contact with hazardous chemicals. They come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics, and protection levels. One advantage they have are that they are affordable, comfortable and will are protective. Let’s discuss more in depth what they are.
Protection and Comfort
6 Types of Protection
You may see a ‘CAT 3 Type 5-6’ when purchasing disposable coveralls. Disposable coveralls (and other personal protective equipment) have standardized levels of protection created by the European Union. Although established by EU, most countries and safety organizations adopt and recognize these standards. All personal protective equipment (PPE) is a Category 3 ‘CAT 3’. Category 3 materials are tested to meet minimum standards set by EU regulations. Samples are sent for regular testing and manufacturing processes are reviewed thoroughly. There are 6 types of protection within Category 3. Type 1 is the most protective while Type 6 is the least protective. Let’s discuss each one and how they relate to your work.
Types 1 and 2
Non-Gas Protection: Similar to Type 1, Type 2 are non-gas tight suits which retain positive pressure inside the garment, prevent ingress of dusts, liquids and vapors.
Liquid Jet Protection: Type 3 coveralls feature sealed seams. Manufacturers need to produce these coveralls from a fabric that is liquid tight and can withstand strong directional jets when tested for quality.
Liquid Spray Protection: Type 4 coveralls protect against liquid spray. Both the fabric and the seams are thoroughly tested. Testing to meet Type 4 protection is similar to Type 3 but uses a lighter spray at a low pressure.
Particle Protection: Type 5 coveralls are tested against dust and airborne particles. They the most commonly used coverall for light industrial cleaning, site preparation, and home use. They are also suitable for asbestos work if purchasing disposable coveralls.
Limited Liquid Splash Protection: Type 6 coveralls protect against light spray and splashes. It provides the lowest level of protection.
Disposable coveralls are very affordable as they are designed for low usage compared cotton coveralls (Flame Resistant, High Visibility, or Insulated Coveralls) that are designed for years worth of work. They are also made out of cheaper material like Tyvek or Polypropylene which adds to the affordability. It’s important to know that even disposable coveralls have a wide range of cost. Type 1 coveralls will be more expensive than Type 6 coveralls – Hazardous waste clean versus painting your home. Disposable coveralls are usually sold in a pack of 25, 6, or singles.
Deciding the correct disposable Coverall
BEST DISPOSABLE COVERALLS
One of the most popular brands for coveralls – Kimberly-Clark’s Kleengaurd series offers an amazing disposable coverall for your dollar. Kleenguard’s proprietary fabric is made out of breathable, microporous film to keep out debris, non-hazardous liquid chemicals, and dry particulates. They are the most affordable pair of disposable coveralls listed and come in a wide range of sizes.
These are great for painting, liquid handling, or are in pharmaceutical manufacturing or aviation!