Asked 16th Aug, 2022
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PPE Epidemiology: Polyethylene/Polypropylene vs Polyamide?

Hi there,
would like to learn more about appropriate material for the application of PPE in Epidemiology.
As all the material seems to be Polyethylene/Polypropylene, would love to learn, whether it is possible to use Polyamide material instead? Are the properties sufficient?
If Polyamide does the job, are normal Snowboarding and Fishing Overalls an alternative to the ordinary Hazmats?
Cherish your feedback.

All Answers (3)

16th Aug, 2022
James E Hanson
Seton Hall University
Probably. For example, you can buy cartridge filters (for filtering liquids) with different filter materials and housing materials. A lot of the housings are polypropylene but some are nylon.
Here it depends on solvent compatibility and cost. PP and PE are on the less expensive side.
there will be similar considerations for personal protective equipment.
19th Aug, 2022
Emilio Malaguti
Florida Atlantic University
The chemical nature of Polyamides, with potential reactive chemical groups, make it more susceptible to contamination than inert PE/PP in an Epidemiology environment. Physical properties are OK.
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