Protex

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Protex® is a registered brand of S&H.

Protex® is a registered brand of S&H. The Protex® brand consists of a stock supported range of fire fighting, emergency services and flame retardant clothing.

In addition, garments can be designed and tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers on a Made To Order (MTO) basis.

All Protex® garments are designed and manufactured by S&H with the understanding that the garments’ performance is likely to significantly reduce injury and indeed save lives when confronted with a hazardous incident.

Accordingly, quality made Protex® garments only utilize fully tested and accredited fabrics, raw materials and manufacturing processes.
Protex Garments are designed and manufactured to protect the wearer in very hazardous environments.

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Industries we supply to

  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Structural Firefighting
  • Mining/Emergency Response Teams
  •  Rescue & Civil Response
  • Electrical
  • Shutdowns
  • Petrochemical
  • Oil & Gas
  • Station Wear
  •  Industrial Applications
  • Defence
  • Molten Metal

INDUSTRIAL PROTECTION:

S&H’s specialist knowledge of fire and flame protective garments for emergency services has supported our transition into industrial protective garments for the Electrical and Resources markets. The same principals of protection apply but under the goverance of different standards and guidelines such as the NFPA 70E and NENS 09-2014 for Electrical Arc Protection. S&H has a stable of designs and raw materials that are fully tested to the relevant standards.

COMPULSORY UNIFORMS:

S&H has been successfully designing, manufacturing and servicing bespoke uniforms for government agencies and private indusdtry for over 25 years. We understand that the key to customer satisfaction is to design and make a uniform that the customers employees are proud to wear, that supports them in their jobs and protects them in their specific work environment. We take employees the time to understand what the customer and their employees expect. S&H have a enormous range of fabric types available to meet the requirements of every potential customer.

STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING:

S&H designs and manufactures structural fire fighting ensembles using worlds best materials and construction methods. S&H has long standing relationships with fibre manufacturers such as PBI and DuPont. We work in partnership with specialist technical material manufacturers such as WL Gore, Hainsworth, Australian Weaving Mills, TenCate, Safety Components, Ibena and Heath-cote. Our structural ensemble manufacturing facilities are all approved to make AS/NZS 4967 certified product. We offer a number of manufacturing options depending on the customers requirements.

WILDLAND FIRE FIGHTING:

S&H are the market leader in Australian Wildland Fire Fighting Ensembles. We work with key raw material partners that specialise in the Wildland fabric market. There has been a shift away from treated cottons to inherent materials and S&H is leading the charge in this area. Inherent fabrics whilst more costly are offering wearers greater comfort and longevity along with improved protection levels. All our products are manufactured in factories that are certified to make garments to AS/NZS 4824.

FAQ's

I have looked at the range of garments in your catalogue, and can’t find what I need. Can you still help me ?
Yes, S&H have the capacity to provide made-to-order (MTO) solutions to your needs provided garment minimum order quantities and supply conditions can be agreed to.
Will Specialist Application Garments be more expensive than standard off-the-rack uniforms and industrial workwear ?
Perhaps, however the real cost has to be viewed in the context of OH&S requirements, work place risk assessments and a “conscious” factor (ie. Knowing that you are providing more than just the minimum requirements for your employees). We suggest you talk through your requirements with your nearest S&H office. You may be surprised how cost effective a Specialist Application Garment solution can be.
What are the minimum order quantities for made-to-order garments?
Minimum order quantities will vary. Sometimes made-to-order garments can be scheduled into production in conjunction with similar garments being made. However it is often the case that made-to-order garments will require specialist manufacture and/or specific raw materials to be procured. Where this is the case, minimum order quantities can be established and advised on an individual basis.  
How do I clean my Proban treated garments?

Proban treated garments are easily cleaned, however some requirements must be observed to ensure that the Proban treatment is not rendered ineffective. Please refer to the following information sheet that explains all about Proban as well as a guide to laundering.

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Washing a Proban garment information sheet 

The label in my Proban garment states the fabric has been tested and meets flame retardant requirements after 50 washes. Is the garment flammable after 50 washes?
The testing method used for Proban fabrics requires the fabric to undertake 50 wash cycles prior to being tested to confirm flame retardant properties. Hence the statement that the fabric has been tested and complies after 50 washes. This is not to say the flame retardant properties only last 50 washes but simply that 50 washes is the amount of washes specified by the test procedure. Garments with +80 washes have been tested and found to be fully compliant. However this is dependent upon the adherence to the specified cleaning instructions. 
How do I clean my structural fire fighting garments?

The fabric configurations for structural fire fighting garments vary considerably. Therefore we strongly recommend that the care instructions that appear upon a label internal to the garment be read and adhered to. If the label has become dislodged during the life of the garment, please contact your nearest Stewart & Heaton Clothing office and we will try and identify the style and applicable cleaning instructions for you.

If the garments have a removable liner (such as they do on styles J340 and T735), then there is the ability to clean the outer shell and the thermal liner separately which is ideal for thorough cleaning and garment longevity. If you choose not to remove the thermal liner from the outer shell for laundering purposes, then the whole garment needs to be cleaned following the procedures listed for the thermal liner (ie. the section that requires the most careful cleaning). Failure to do so will deteriorate the thermal liner and therefore disrupt its protective integrity.

Prior to cleaning remove all loose items (eg. gloves, personal items) and ensure that all closures are fastened inclusive of front closure zip and velcro.

Can I buy Proban to apply to my garments?
No.
Proban is both a chemical and a specialized process for flame retardancy to natural fibers such as cotton. It is not a topical treatment to the surface of the fabric but rather a process that forms a polymer that becomes embedded within the fiber itself. This needs to be applied to the base fabric at the fabric mill rather than to a finished garment.
Doesn’t cotton by itself have flame retardant characteristics?
No.
Cotton, without the presence of a flame retardant treatment such as Proban, will ignite and burn fiercely, causing extensive burn injury to the wearer. Cotton, however, will carbonize once burnt and fall apart. This is in contrast to, say, a polyester/cotton blend fabric where the high levels of polyester will melt and stick to the wearer, continuing to produce burn injury even when the flame has been extinguished.
What is the difference between structural and wildland fire fighting?

Structural fire fighting involves rescue, fire suppression and/or property conservation in buildings, enclosed structures, vehicles, vessels or like properties.

Wildland fire fighting is fire suppression actions in vegetative fuels such as forests, crops, plantations, grass or farmland.

Is wildland fire fighting and bush fire fighting the same thing?

Essentially, yes. Wildland fire fighting is the internationally agreed term to what was traditionally called bush fire fighting in Australia.