Summer is great, but with it comes mosquitoes and ticks. While many people rely on DEET-based insect repellents, workers in electrical and similarly hazardous environments must look for alternate solutions. People who work in environments that may include flash fires, electrical arcs, or combustible dust are required to wear flame resistant (FR) clothing at all times. Unfortunately DEET and the chemicals that make up FR clothing do not mix well.
DEET, the active ingredient in most popular insect repellents, is highly flammable and should not be used in hazardous environments. This leaves people working in these electrical environments three options; work without insect repellent, use common insect repellent on exposed skin only, or use repellent specifically made for FR clothing. This last option is the safest and best choice. Several manufacturers make non-DEET insect repellent that uses Permethin to repel and kill bugs without endangering the wearer. Permethin is non-flammable and adheres to FR material for up to six weeks in many cases. Contact Quest Safety for more information.