The rapid increase of counterfeit and illegal products is a serious cause for concern as it puts the lives of workers dramatically at risk year on year. DuPont is internationally renowned for the development of its high-quality, intelligent flame resistant fibre, Nomex®. Incorporated into fabric for use by fire fighters and industrial workers all over the world, Nomex® labelled garments are produced according to the highest standards using DuPont-approved fabrics and have become an integral part of keeping people protected at work.
To ensure the maximum protection of the wearer, the production and sale of original Nomex® fibre throughout DuPont’s global network of suppliers and manufacturers must also be maintained to the highest standard. To guarantee this, DuPont developed the DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program; a carefully-selected network of customer-oriented and progressive weavers and garment manufacturers whose fabrics and garments pass the rigorous quality controls of DuPont.
Certified Nomex® fabrics are visible to the end-user through the distinctive Nomex® labelling programme, which DuPont actively encourages end users to look out for to ensure compliance, performance and quality of products that will save lives. A unique label on the garment aids identification and provides customers with a quality mark from reputable suppliers they can trust to offer genuine legal products.
As part of the DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program, Nomex® partners have access to DuPont innovation, technical expertise and state-of-the art product testing facilities, including unique Thermo-Man®, Arc-Man® and DuPont™ Molten Metal Man test facilities that enable the quality and performance of finished garments to be precisely monitored. All of DuPont™ Nomex® partners must have long-standing relationships with key end users across Europe and have detailed knowledge of their needs in order to participate in the program.
Yuet Foo, DuPont™ Nomex® Value Chain EMEA Marketing Manager, comments: “Manufacturers and employers have a responsibility to keep workforces safe at work and in order to stay vigilant, certified goods are of paramount importance. DuPont continuously works in collaboration with its partners to ensure the ever-changing needs of the end-user are met and the most up to date and customer-focused offering is made available to them. The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program reaffirms DuPont’s status as a provider of quality protective products whilst empowering reputable suppliers do the same and provide genuine, legal goods to the workforce. The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program also raises the profile of safety in the workplace, which will in turn assist with the demise of counterfeit products.”
In addition to the Nomex® Partner Program, DuPont has become a Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF). The BSIF is recognised as the UK’s leading trade body for the safety industry and represents manufacturers and distributors of safety, health and environmental products. The BSIF is also a Health and Safety Executive-recognised competent authority and the lead trade body for the personal protective equipment (PPE) Regulations, as designated by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The BSIF safety supplier scheme ensures that DuPont is independently audited to confirm that all PPE is correctly tested and certified to be sold, and further demonstrates the commitment to compliance, performance and quality. DuPont has signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment offered fully complies with PPE regulations, and by displaying the scheme’s shield logo, customers can be assured that all safety equipment sold is genuine, legal and will protect employees at work.