About RF Clothing
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The philosophy behind RF Protection
is really no different than that of Fall Protection. While all necessary
precautions are taken to avoid possible hazards, RF Clothing adds a degree
of safety in the event of an accident. It IS possible that power
can be turned on while there are personnel at the site (and we ALL know
that it happens!), and in such an event wearing RF gear can mean the difference
between an uneventful climb and possible OSHA investigations should personal
There is no
data to support any reason why RF clothing can not be worn in the rain.
However, if your KW-GARD suit gets wet from the elements, the best thing
is to hang-dry it instead of putting it in a dryer.
Taking care of KW-GARD is easy. Even though KW-GARD can be machine-laundered or drycleaned, Euclid recommends simple hand-washing and hang-drying for best longevity of the garment. This especially is recommended for the headgear, as the stainless steel screen at the face area can, over time, abrade the fabric against which it "rubs" as it tosses in the dryer. In short, the most damaging thing to do to ANY brand of protective clothing is to machine-DRY it. With regular use and proper care, KW-GARD should last for years.
generously sized to fit over your existing work clothes. And since it's
made in America, by Americans, it is SIZED by Americans. We design KW-GARD
to have plenty of room at the crotch, and at the armpits, too. After all,
you are climbing, aren't you?
This is a
VERY common question, and unfortunately, the answer is, "We Don't
Know!". You see, the nature of RF is such that the intensity of
the field is inversely proportional to the square of the DISTANCE .
This is why the Cardinal Rule of RF Safety is, well, The
is almost answered in the question above, but with one aspect missing.
You see, ALL RF protective garments have their limitations. Just like
your climbing harness has a maximum load rating, so does RF Clothing.
The problem in the industry is that right now the means to provide
that data are not available in the scientific community. BUT, for
the time being, manufacturers of RF clothing are able to specify the perfomance
parameters of their product such that the "maximum load" rating
is well above that Adjusted Maximum Permissible
We believe that this phenomena is actually a GOOD thing. It tells you in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that you should not use the product in this way. Just as you should not hoist a Grand Piano with your climbing harness. The only difference is that KW-GARD is still protecting you while at the same time telling you in its own way to vacate the area.
In the case of the Piano and the climbing harness, the piano's toast.
YES!! BUT it's a specially-designed monitor. Thanks to being within minutes of the world's leader in RF Measurement equipment, the Narda Microwave Corporation,has a pocket monitor made exclusively for use with KW-GARD. The model 8864XT enables the wearer of KW-GARD to detect a broad range of power levels. It can also be programmed to detect lower levels of RF radiation, to allow use without protection as well.. Contact Narda for more information!
While no data has been officially taken on the perfomance of KW-GARD at the 1 MHz frequency areas, it might help to understand that KW-GARD is made of the exact same fabric that KV-GARD is made of. What's KV-GARD, you ask? It's Euclid's first and the world's most popular electromagnetic energy protective garment designed exclusively for what is known as "Live-Line" or "Bare-Hand" maintenence of electric utility high-voltage lines. The frequency of this environment is as low as 60 Hz. And the suits have been in service for over 20 years. In short, while we don't have the data on the AM perfomance, weat least KNOW it provides a large degree of electric field attenuation. When Euclid obtains further data, it will be made available to you immediately.
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