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24-Nov-2015 | 679-EN

Hohenstein Webinar Series: “Molten Danger-Protecting Workers from Welding Hazards”

Burlington, NC, November 19, 2015— Industrial workers face daily hazards but protecting those who work with molten metal is especially challenging. Join Hohenstein’s Dr. Jan Beringer to learn about the Institute’s work to develop fabrics that make PPE (personal protective equipment) apparel more resistant to molten metal hazards while still being lightweight and comfortable for workers. The webinar will be offered on Wednesday, December 16, at 12:00 Noon EST. Please RSVP to Dina Dunn at by Friday, December 11 to receive log in information.

Molten metal droplets can reach up to 3000◦ F. The typical fabric designs for protecting against such significant temperatures are thick, heavy, very tightly woven, coated cottons which sacrifice worker comfort or flame-resistant fabrics like meta-aramids which are lighter weight but expensive. In a joint research project with the Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West gGmbH (DTNW), Hohenstein is working to develop new PPE fabric designs that are lightweight, breathable, and flexible to maximize worker comfort and mobility, resistant to extreme temperatures, and droplet repellent to minimize the time molten metal stays in contact with the fabric’s surface. Plus, design goals include fabrics that are durable, affordable, and compliant with all regulations.

“Fabrics play a major role in protecting workers in many kinds of hazardous environments,” Beringer says. “With today’s fabric technologies, we can apply special fibers, finishes, and even structural surfaces to more effectively handle the specific dangers molten metal poses while not compromising comfort, a critical psychological component of worker safety.” Hohenstein’s special expertise in clothing physiology, the science of the impact clothing has on physical and mental performance, is particularly relevant in the PPE segment. “While comfort isn’t always the top priority for PPE, we know from extensive study that comfort has a major influence on responsiveness, a critical factor for both worker productivity and injury avoidance,” Beringer concludes.

Please register for the 12/16 webinar by emailing Dina Dunn at Hohenstein’s library of webinars and more information about testing and certification services are available on Hohenstein’s website or by emailing Ben Mead at Hohenstein Institute America at

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