Skin Safe FR
Sweat in it. Our fabrics are safe to wear directly against your skin. They are non-allergenic and will not react with your skin.
- Sweat Safe
- Saliva Safe
- No Toxins
- No Halogens
- Non Allergenic
- No Heavy Metals
- Meets International Standards for Formaldehyde
Residue. We voluntarily meet the most stringent international health codes related to formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic and other toxins. There is virtually no difference between a Benchmark FR garment and a non-FR, high-end cotton product found at your typical department store; from a toxicity perspective.
Formaldehyde. In 1999 Canada declared formaldehyde a toxic substance. In 2011 the US recognized it as a known carcinogen. The EPA considers it one of the top five urgent environmental risks to public health.
Typically, our competitors who use ammonia cured processes with natural fibers have formaldehyde levels above 700 ppm and use anecdotal evidence to claim they are safe for skin contact.
One domestic mill publishes formaldehyde levels up to 300ppm. This could not be used as a building product or carpet in a home. A nearly identical amount of formaldehyde was found in trailers that made people sick and led to a class action lawsuit after Hurricane Katrina.
By significant contrast, we keep our levels of free formaldehyde below 75 ppm, this is ensured using a proprietary oxidizing procedure during fabric processing. Lastly, we use independent laboratories to test formaldehyde levels which exceed the Oeko-Tex standard for wearing apparel.
Neck Rash? Growths? Formaldehyde? We talked to many workers who have worn arc and flame resistant PPE during their career. Many have problems with rashes and in some cases growths and cancer developing on their necks and forearms; areas which have direct contact with their flame resistant clothing.
Free Formaldehyde Test. If you suspect you are wearing arc and flame resistant garment with high levels of formaldehyde contact us and we will arrange for you to send your product to a lab for analysis.