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Thermo-Man Flash Fire Garment Testing Demonstrations follow Protective Clothing Seminar at Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) Annual Meeting and Conference on September 21 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel.

September 19, 2003

Health & Safety

The DuPontTM Thermo-Man instrumented mannequin used to test fire-resistant protective clothing in realistic flash fire accident situations will be featured at the CAFC annual conference on Sunday September 21. The demonstration burns follow a seminar on protective apparel conducted by leading industry experts from DuPont, W.L. Gore, Globe, Brookdale and Southern Mills.

The DuPontTM Thermo-Man instrumented mannequin system is the most advanced life-size thermal burn injury evaluation system in the world today. Developed by DuPont and the U.S. military in the 1970s, Thermo-Man is a 6-foot 1-inch high temperature composite mannequin fitted with 122 thermal sensors. Dressed in garments of various kinds typically worn by workers in the field, the mannequin is engulfed in a propane flash fire of predetermined intensity and duration. The sensors transmit real time heat transfer data, which is measured and analysed using a sophisticated computer program that predicts the location and degree of burn a person might experience if caught in a similar real world situation.

Demonstration burns are conducted on a portable version of Thermo-Man featuring a broad range of apparel, from conventional industrial work wear made of non-FR materials, through to the latest in multi-threat inherently flame-resistant clothing systems made of DuPontTM NOMEX brand fibre. Special purpose apparel such as fleece garments and FR rainwear will also be tested. The media is invited to attend, speak to researchers from DuPont, and take photographs or video footage, as needed.

Seminar 8:00am 12:00pm Credit Valley Room, Delta Meadowvale Hotel
Garment Testing will take place from 1:00pm 2:30pm
Delta Meadowvale Hotel, North Parking Lot, Mississauga.

NOMEX has been the most trusted name in flame resistant apparel for more than 30 years, and is the fibre of choice for workers who are exposed to the hazards of hydrocarbon flash fires and electric arcs. DuPont Thermo-Man testing has been instrumental in helping fabric and garment manufacturers
design and construct comfortable and cost-effective protective clothing. For more information visit:

A seminar on flash fire and electric arc hazards will also be taking place at the Delta Meadowvale on Monday September 22 at 8:30 a.m. Following the seminar, Thermo-Man demonstration burns will betaking place at the DuPont Corporate Centre at 7070 Mississauga Road from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

DuPont Canada Inc. is a diversified science company, serving customers across Canada and in more than 40 other countries. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company serves global markets through offices and/or operations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and India. The company employs more than 4,000 people. For more information about DuPont Canada visit the companys Web site at www.dupont.ca.

/TM are trademarks and registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
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