Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer CHARNAUD of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal has emerged as a global leader in safety gear for the mining and adjacent industries with its specialist heat-stress mitigation firefighting gear. These garments are made from a revolutionary ensemble system, in terms of protection, comfort, breathability and low weight.

The company’s bunker gear and fire-rescue garments, named CHARNAUD AIR-LITE and CHARNAUD RESCUE-LITE are used by some of the country’s top fire and rescue ‘athletes’ in various Fire Fighter competitions, where they regularly take top honours, both in the individual and team events.

CHARNAUD AIR-LITE and RESCUE-LITE suits have a unique system certified as totally resistant and impervious to the intrusion of all pathogens and bacteria. Image credit: CHARNAUD

CHARNAUD AIR-LITE and RESCUE-LITE suits have a unique system certified as totally resistant and impervious to the intrusion of all pathogens and bacteria. Image credit: CHARNAUD

Not only does CHARNAUD offer the industry the best garments available, in terms of the latest advancements, but even their older versions are proving virtually indestructible, the company says. The unique proprietary and inherently flame-resistant fabric system resists ultraviolet (UV) degradation. This is coupled with low weight, increased comfort, high levels of breathability, reduced stress and a superior ergonomic design, while maintaining superior levels of protection.

The protection level afforded by the CHARNAUD AIR-LITE suit, against the four benchmark heat-and-flame-exposure tests for firefighting suits, recorded performance Level 2 requirements as stipulated by the internationally recognised EN469:2020 standards. This is a major victory for a South African company and shows their commitment to innovation and ongoing product development in the PPE industry.

CHARNAUD AIR-LITE firefighting garments feature low weight, increased comfort, high levels of breathability, reduced stress and a superior ergonomic design. Image credit: CHARNAUD

CHARNAUD AIR-LITE firefighting garments feature low weight, increased comfort, high levels of breathability, reduced stress and a superior ergonomic design. Image credit: CHARNAUD

The CHARNAUD AIR-LITE and RESCUE-LITE suits have a unique system certified as totally resistant and impervious to the intrusion of all pathogens and bacteria. These garments can be washed regularly at 74°C, which will destroy and remove all pathogens and bacteria, or at 60°C for normal working everyday conditions, where pathogens and bacteria are not present.

CHARNAUD believes in a head-to-foot approach to safety and the company makes sure to provide its clients with the best quality products that are certified to the strictest local and international quality standards. All products are extensively researched and tested before being distributed across the globe. As a result, the company’s unique products are able to compete with some of the best in the market.