The innovative ‘Metal-Safe’ branded personal protective clothing (PPC) garments are made from next-generation personal protective fabrics to ensure that the user is sufficiently protected against life-threatening hazards such as; fire, static, electric arc flash and severe molten red metal splash.
Charnaud founder and Chairman Andrew Charnaud indicates that Electra Mining is the ideal event for the new product launch. “The African mining sector’s top decision makers form part of the 38 000-strong guest list at Electra Mining, making it the ideal platform to launch Metal-Safe.”
Thanks to a unique design featuring a blend of high-strength fibres, the Metal-Safe range provides maximum protection for workers undertaking welding, electrical and metal foundry tasks – even after exposure to severe heat and flames.
The unique design also ensures that the range boasts superior air permeability, moisture absorption capacity and drying speed, when compared to other materials of the same weight. “This prevents heat stress, which results in higher physiological performance. What’s more, the high durability results in an extended lifecycle and lower overhead costs for the user,” adds Andrew.
The Metal-Safe range is available in one and two-piece coverall options, and is water-washable at residential or industrial laundries. In addition to this innovative product launch, Charnaud will also be exhibiting its range of tried-and-tested protective garments at Electra Mining that include;
- Survive-Arc: PPC and equipment to protect against the thermal effects of electric arc flash.
- Aci-Flam: PPC that protects against the dual hazards of flames and liquid acid splash, including 98% Sulphuric acid.
- WoolSafe: PPC and equipment used to protect against molten metal splash.
- Aluminised: PPC that protects against radiant heat and molten metal splash.
Andrew points out that the company has been exhibiting at Electra Mining since 2010. “We cater for a highly specialised industry, and solve complex clothing issues that save lives across the mining, metal pouring, electric, cold, wet and fire industries.”
Established from humble beginnings as a husband-and-wife team in 1975, Ladysmith-based Charnaud is today recognised as a world leader in the manufacture and supply of personal protective clothing and equipment for hazardous industries, with a large number of employees and a geographical footprint that spans over 30 countries on five continents.
Andrew attributes this success to Charnaud’s ‘head-to-foot’ approach to safety. “The company has a moral obligation to provide its clients with the best quality products, which are certified to the strictest local and international quality standards. In addition to superior quality, all materials are sourced from South Africa, thereby reducing overhead costs and turnaround times.”
According to Andrew, there is considerable potential for future growth. “Increasingly-stringent safety legislation in more developed industries such as South Africa and Europe will prompt an increase in demand for the most effective PPC for workers. The burgeoning African market also holds tremendous potential for growth, as investment in new projects continues, while safety becomes a more prioritised focal point,” he concludes.