Published: | Updated: November 30, 2019

Definition - What does Para-aramid mean?

Para-aramid is a synthetic fiber that is used in the manufacture of safety gloves and other safety equipment.

Para-aramid gloves resist abrasion, but the primary motivation for using the fiber is its strong heat resistance.

Safeopedia explains Para-aramid

Gloves made from para-aramid fibers are often used in factories, foundries, kitchens, and other industries where workers are exposed to extremely high temperatures, open flames, and other tasks requiring flame-resistant PPE.

While para-aramids are primarily used in safety gloves, other equipment, such as jackets and leg guards, can also be woven from it.

In addition to flame-resistance, protective equipment made of para-aramid fibers also offer cut resistance.

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