Written by Andy Potts - Ultrimax Team - 27/07/23
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to Category 3 Type 5/6 coveralls. What might not be so clear is which of the many products on offer is best for you. Here we explain what to look for when choosing Type 5/6 overalls and compare big-name Tyvek with UK-manufactured Max Gear.
Type 5/6 - protective overalls meet EU Standards for protecting the wearer against specific hazards.
Type 5 – protects against airborne particles and fibres that are dangerous to human health and conforms to EN 13982.
Type 6 - protects against limited splash and spray, where the risk of chemical exposure is low and conforms to EN 13034.
Overalls labelled Type 5/6 are best suited to higher-risk industrial applications such as:
All Type 5/6 overalls provide a certain level of protection. However, the suit's design can enhance safety. Look for a product that offers the following:
Comfort is king and a necessity for many jobs that require protective coveralls. Choose overalls that have the following:
Breathability may not be a deal-breaking feature if you only need overalls for a quick job that doesn't involve working up a sweat. For those longer jobs, warm conditions or physically strenuous tasks, breathability will be desirable, if not essential, to reduce the likelihood of heat stress and heat rash.
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Tyvek® is a registered trademarked product of DuPont – an American multinational producer of chemicals and science-based products. Tyvek material consists of spun-bonded high-density polyethene fibres that offer a tough, durable sheet product which is stronger than paper and more versatile and cost-effective than fabrics.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
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Max Gear Overalls are manufactured by UK-based Ultrimax – a leading paint coating manufacturer with over 50 years of experience producing and testing specialised paint shop products. The Max Gear range offers superb comfort and protection, next-day delivery, and you can try before you buy!
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large (Note if you usually wear Tyvek overalls, order the next size up in Max Gear)
Whether you need Type 5/6 coveralls for a personal project or to protect your workforce, choosing a high-quality product gives you confidence and peace of mind.
There's no doubt that both Tyvek and Max Gear tick all the boxes for a reliable product. But when it comes to value for money and a wider range of important features, Max Gear is first across the finish line. Painters specifically report liking the sit of the soft wrist cuffs over gloves and the level of breathability that the back panel offers in stuffy spray booth conditions.
In the main, disposable overalls are made using single-use non-woven synthetic fabric. The fibres are spun-bonded to various degrees to create a dense, protective material.
Overalls that offer higher levels of protection are constructed from multiple layers of different fabrics that are laminated together to provide properties such as greater strength, reduced permeability and flame retardance.
Disposable coveralls are not designed to withstand being washed. As such, washing them in a machine will likely damage the delicate fabric and reduce or eliminate the product's effectiveness. If you do decide to clean your disposable overalls, it is best to gently brush off any dry soiling and wash the item in lukewarm water with or without a mild detergent.
Based on customer feedback, we rate Maxgear disposable overalls as the best on the market. Other popular overalls include:
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Disposable coveralls are used for tasks that don't require heavy-duty protection. They are suited to activities that require a low to moderate level of protection, such as protecting the wearer's clothing and skin from coming into contact with hazardous chemicals, paint and varnish, grease and oil, asbestos, dust and fibres.
Different types of overalls offer different levels and types of protection, so it is important to choose the right overall product for the activity that you will be performing.
Category 3 (III) overalls conform to EN Standards and are designed to protect the wearer against serious or fatal risks. There are six types of Category 3 overall (Type 1 - Type 6), each protecting against a different form of hazard.
Have peace of mind that you are choosing a manufacturer with the correct PPE accreditations.
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