The needs of workers in hazardous environments are extremely varied. The choice of textile materials must be made on the basis of end use and critical characteristics needed for protection, comfort, and performance of the workers. The purpose of this study was to conduct a series of experiments in order to provide scientific data on the qualities and characteristics of several barrier textile massenals. These materials would be suitable for garments for off-shore oil riggers, pesticide applicators, forestry personnel, hazardous waste disposal workers, military personnel, skiers, hikers, and pilots. The following properties were evaluated: stiffness, drape, abrasion resistance, air permeability, water resistance, tear resistance, breaking force and elongation, oil repellency, and soil release. These data provide a range of information on various properties that users of fabrics for prosective clothing need to be aware of in the selection of fabrics for garments.
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