Flame Resistant Specialists
ARE YOUR PEOPLE REALLY PROTECTED?
WHO IS TUFFA WORKWEAR?
TUFFA Workwear Pty Ltd began in 1987 as a general workwear manufacturer and is still an Australian owned company that still operates as a local manufacturer/importer in Mulgrave, Victoria. It has since grown and diversified into specialized products servicing industries all over Australia that require both locally made and off shore products who value quality, service and the guarantee of the supply chain.
TUFFA designs and mostly still manufactures most its products locally in-house but also imports, wholesales and stocks specialised workwear, protective clothing and other performance apparel items.
TUFFA is certified to the following standards:
- Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008
- Wild land Fire Fighting AS 4824:2006
- Ethical clothing Australia
- 2006 Structural fire fighting AS/NZS 4967: 2006
WHY CHOOSE TUFFA FR?
TUFFA understands the needs of the FR (Flame Resistant) industry and understands that FR Products are not a commodity but a necessity product that customers can’t wait weeks for, as this can cause plant shut downs at the cost hundreds of thousands, or injuries to your most valuable assets YOUR STAFF.
TUFFA is one of the last manufacturers left who still design and manufactures locally, so whatever the size or shape of the employee or urgency of the issue in most cases TUFFA can assist.
TUFFA understands that FR products are technical products, with demands way beyond conventional work wear, and we at TUFFA understand this distinction.
At TUFFA we maintain a high standard in investing back into fabric research, product development, our manufacturing operation locally an abroad and most important our sales team. We have also created processes and infrastructure specific to FR garments, encompassing important concepts such as traceability to confirm sources of materials and components that lead to FR integrity, wearability and durability
TUFFA offers a 12 Month replacement warranty on faulty fabrics and workmanship on all its products.
When you call TUFFA we are with you today, tomorrow and beyond
TAILORED TO SUIT YOU’RE NEEDS!
TUFFA understands that its stock supported FR products might not suit your needs, so with the TUFFA in-house design team and manufacturing we can make to your unique requirements and make sure your design is fully compliant.
“IF WE DON’T HAVE IT WE CAN MAKE IT!”
GENERAL FACTS ABOUT FR
IS 100% COTTON GOOD ENOUGH TO PROTECT WORKERS?
100% cotton is flammable - it will ignite and continue to burn after being exposed to an ignition source. Most people understand the burning and melting hazard of fibres such as nylon and polyester; however, cotton burns just as readily, if not even more quickly. Therefore, 100% cotton should not be used in industries that require or recommend FR.
WHAT IS FLAME RESISTANT FABRIC?
Commonly called fire retardant or flame resistant. Fabrics are chemically treated fabrics to make them more resistant to fires or flames or the fabric it’s self is inherently flame resistant. The words fire resistant or fire retardant does not mean fire proof. These fabrics may have slow burning rates but they may still burn or get damaged when exposed to fire or high temperature for long periods of time. But the fabric can reduce the spread of fire but not prevent it totally.
This is accomplished by the charring affect that takes place.
WHY IS FLAME RESISTANT FABRIC NECESSARY?
The best reason to invest in an FR program is it saves lives. For those working in industries that put themselves at risk of their clothes igniting, FR clothing is a critical component in there protection. E.g. Oil & gas workers, electrical workers, emergency service workers, petrochemical, welders, molten metal and chemical workers just to name a few
WHAT IS ATPV (Arc Thermal Protection Value)
Refers to the maximum incident energy (in calories per centimetre squared) that protective equipment can be exposed to and prevent to onset of a second-degree burn. Ratings are based upon the total weight of the fabric. In Australia the recognized minimum ATPV rating is 8 cal
ARC FLASH PROTECTION CATEGORIES
WHAT IS ARC FLASH?
Arc flash is when an electric current passes through air between ungrounded conductors and grounded conductors, the temperatures can reach 19,000C. Exposure to these extreme temperatures both burns the skin directly and causes ignition of clothing, which adds to the burn injury. The majority of hospital admissions due to electrical accidents are from arc-flash burns, not from shock. Arc flash can kill at a distances of 3 METERS
WHAT IS FLASH FIRE?
Flash Fire is a rapidly moving flame front, which can be a combustion explosion. Flash fire may occur in an environment where fuel and air become mixed adequate concentrations to combust. Flash fire has a heat flux of 84kW/m2 for relatively short periods of time, typically less than three seconds.
TUFFA FR STOCK SUPPORTED FABRIC/GARMENTS
No one fabric is the best, and each hazard is different. There are many FR fabrics available today that provide excellent FR protection in a number of environments. All Branded FR products have a balance of properties, including protection, cost, comfort, appearance, colour selection and wear life. Each company should select the product that provides the best protection for its specific workplace hazards.
TUFFA has chosen Westex ULTRASOFT because it believes it can cover most customer requirements and for the following reasons
- Electric Arc protection
- 75-100% extended wear life than some other FR products
- 5-10 times greater abrasion resistance
- Lifetime F.R. guarantee
- Ultra Soft finish technology – comfortable to wear straight out of the bag.
- Oeko-Tex 100 class II certified “safe to wear against the skin”.
- Fabric is stocked in Australia and overseas for quick response.
- Variety of weights and colours available.
- Full set of certification reports available on request.
- Market proven performance, 14yrs internationally, 10yrs in Australia.
- Recommended for industrial laundering up to 74 C.
- 3-way protection against Flash Fire, Electric Arc & Molten metal splash
- “Excellent Value Equation”
But we do use other FR Fabrics in our manufacturing process that also offer some or all of above protection from all over world Proban, Nomex, Tecasafe, Endurance and others
To see more information about our other products that we offer please visit www.tuffaworkwear.com.au
TO BE THE BEST PROVIDER OF HIGH QUALITY FLAME RESISTENT GARMENTS