Pyrad arctic protection
Successful research project resulted in workwear adapted to extreme conditions
A research project was launched on the initiative of Wenaas – with support from The Research Council of Norway – in partnership with the SINTEF research organisation, Statoil and Eni Norge. The objective was to design workwear adapted to the extreme conditions to be found in the Arctic region. The project was a success, which means we can now make workwear that doubles the capacity for work outdoors, while halving the volume of clothing required: Pyrad Arctic Protection. The Norwegian petroleum industry has progressively moved northwards, discovering a significant challenge on the way: the extreme combination of low temperatures and strong wind makes even higher demands for ensuring safe, secure and efficient operations than conditions in the North Sea. Up until now, workwear designed specifically for the extreme Arctic conditions has been in short supply. This project was therefore accorded top priority by the product designers at Wenaas.
Workwear – from laboratory to platforms and back again
Working with test subjects performing physical activity under extreme conditions both indoors in laboratories and outdoors on the platforms, researchers arrived at material combinations that halve the amount of clothing people need to wear, while doubling the period of time they can work outdoors in extreme weather conditions – and without compromising on comfort and safety. This has been documented by tests carried out by the SINTEF research organisation.
Pyrad Arctic Protection – workwear for extreme conditions
Pyrad Arctic Protection workwear is remarkably thin, weighs little but keeps out both wind and water. The new garments also allow you to wear fewer intermediate layers. This naturally improves mobility, making work assignments easier to perform and keeping the comfort level high. Moreover, the clothes meet requirements for flame-retardant and antistatic properties, and are adapted to
allow the use of communication equipment. The new Pyrad Arctic Protection collection consists of jackets, trousers and coveralls made of Gore-Tex Pyrad material – with 20% greater tear resistance than previous collections. The clothing is durably waterproof and breathable; it is also the lightest arc-flash approved shell clothing on the market.
- Elevated user comfort in all work postures
- Keeps users warm and dry without reducing freedom of movement or comfort
- Three-layer shell clothing with head protection, adapted to accommodate ear protectors and helmets, as well as work gloves and protective footwear
- Makes it possible to work in areas with exposure to complex hazards without having to change clothes