PPE Coverall Manufacturing Resources and Useful Links

PPE Coverall Resources

PPE Coveralls and Other PPE Kits manufacturing is a trend now. If you are reading the latest news articles, you already know that India becomes the second largest manufacturers of PPE kits in the world. 

Table of Contents 

1. What are Body Coverall / Medical Gowns / Hazmat suits

Coverall/gowns are designed to protect the torso of healthcare providers from exposure to the virus. Although coveralls typically provide 360-degree protection because they are designed to cover the whole body, including back and lower legs and sometimes head and feet as well, the design of medical/isolation gowns do not provide continuous whole-body protection (e.g., possible openings in the back, coverage to the mid-calf only). By using appropriate protective clothing, it is possible to create a barrier to eliminate or reduce contact and droplet exposure, both known to transmit COVID-19, thus protecting healthcare workers working in close proximity (within 1 meter) of suspect/confirmed COVID-19 cases or their secretions.

Coveralls and gowns are deemed equally acceptable as there is a lack of comparative evidence to show whether one is more effective than the other in reducing transmission to health workers. Gowns are considerably easier to put on and for removal. An apron can also be worn over the gown for the entire time the health worker is in the treatment area. Coveralls/gowns have stringent standards that extend from preventing exposure to biologically contaminated solid particles to protecting from chemical hazards. Guidelines on the rational use of Personal Protective Equipment 

2. List of Testing Laboratories for COVID-19 PPE Coveralls

List of 10 Laboratories equipped to conduct testing and certification of Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance Test required for PPE Body Coveralls for COVID-19.  

(i) The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore
13/37, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore Aerodrome Post, Coimbatore – 641 014
E-Mail: info@sitra.org.in | Website: www.sitra.org.in

(ii) Defence Research & Development Establishment, Gwalior now at INMAS (DRDO) Laboratory at Delhi
Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS)
Brig. S. K. Mazumdar Marg Delhi - 110054
E-mail: director@inmas.drdo.in
Website: https://drdo.gov.in/testing-and-certification-samples-ppe-body-coverall-covid-19-inmas

(iii) - (viii) Ordnance Factory Board (Six Units of Ordnance Factory Board)
Contact details of these 6 laboratories are shared here.

(ix) Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India 
P Balu Road, Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025
E-Mail: secy.tc@nic.in | Website: http://textilescommittee.nic.in/

(x) Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) Gaziabad
Sector-23, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002
Phone:0120-2807390-95, 0120-2783586/592/638/095
Fax: 0120-2783596 | E-mail: mail@nitratextile.org

list of PPE coverall testing laboratories

Certificate lists
  • List of Certificates issued by Testing Laboratories for COVID-19 PPE Coveralls 
  • SITRA approved PPE coverall Certificate list 
  • Defense Research & Development Establishment, Gwalior now at INMAS (DRDO) Laboratory  approved certificates 
  • A Sample copy of the Unique Certification Code (UCC) for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Body coverall for Covid-19  

3. SITRA Approved PPE Fabric and Seam sealing tape certificate list 

Disposable gowns are commonly made from nonwoven materials such as polypropylene, polyester, or polyethylene. All the testing laboratories have published a list of fabric suppliers, fabric users, and seam sealing tape suppliers. 
  • the full list of approved suppliers  
  • Sample UCC certificate for seam sealing tape

4. The sample submission system for testing PPEs for COVID-19

Now coverall PPE and fabric manufacturers can submit sample test requests using an online form at the SITRA portal.  Check it here.

5. Important Instructions issued by Ministry of Textiles with regard to COVID-19 PPE Coveralls

Quality Control Mechanism for PPE Body Coveralls and Fabrics manufactured in India (Publish Date - 05/05/2020)

6. Coverall manufacturing machines requirement 

PPE body coverall is made is two steps. First, a coverall is stitched using normal machines like single needle lock stitch or 3 thread overall machine. Technically an overlock machine is a better choice for all seams other than front zipper attaching as you can maintain equal seam margin and higher product speed. After stitching the body coverall, all the seams are sealed using a hot air seam sealing machine. Seam sealing tapes are used for sealing the seam.  

Bulk cutting of the coverall patterns is done using the same method followed in industrial garment production. So you can use the same straight knife cutting machine. Further for sterilization of the finished coverall is done using sterilization machines. Folding of the coverall is done manually and each coverall is placed inside a polybag. Here is the list of machines 
  • Single needle lock stitch machine
  • 3 Thread overlock machine
  • Hot air seam sealing machine
  • Straight knife-cutting machine 

7. Hot Air seam sealing machine suppliers list 

The current challenges of making PPE coverall in India are hot air seam sealing machines and machine price. These machines are costly and not easily available. Globally renowned brands that make seam sealing machines for the apparel products are listed here.
  • H&H Asia group
  • Macpi
  • Ardmel
  • Pfaff
  • Fucen
  • Silver sun (SMX-81C) 

8. List of PPE Fabric and seam sealing Tapes suppliers

You know another component of making PPE coverall is seam sealing tapes. 
  • H&H Asia group
  • Ardmel
  • Sewing machine exchange India

9. PPE Testing charges 

For testing PPE kits, you need to send your sample to the NABL approved (Govt. approved) testing labs. Testing labs have shared their changes for different kinds of testings on their websites. Here are the testing charges from the two labs. 
  • PPE coverall and facemask testing charges at SITRA 
  • PPE sample testing charges at Textiles committee

10. CE Certification of PPE Coveralls

What does CE Mark on PPE item mean?
The European Directive 89/686/EEC lays down the requirements for CE marking of personal protective equipment (PPE). CE marking can, in simple terms, be described as a passport or 'license to sell' allowing free movement of goods within the internal market of the European Community.

The CE mark affixed to PPE will provide evidence of compliance with which products applicable to EU legislation. It indicates risk categories of which PPE is intended to protect users, such as protective clothing complies with Category III is appropriate to prevent death or irreversible health damages. Refer to these pages to know more about CE Mark.
If you not exporting PPE coveralls to EU countries, the CE mark is not mandatory.

11. What is the UCC Code

The Ministry of Textiles has laid down new norms, which require a Unique Certification Code called UCC-Covid19 and a tamper-proof sticker in indelible ink specifying details of the manufacturer. UCC is an abbreviation for Unique Certification Code. All our reports for samples (includes for fabrics, coveralls) that pass the tests will compulsorily carry the UCC. Failed sample reports will not have them.

The Sample of UCC code is: 

12. News/Articles Related PPE Coveralls machines, developments, technology  

13. Webinars / Videos related to PPE manufacturing

You can learn more and gather more information by watching these webinars and YouTube videos.  

14. PPE Market Size


16. List of Big Players in PPE manufacturing

  • Trident Group
  • Aditya Birla
  • Shahi Exports
  • Welspun 
  • JCT Mills
  • Arvind Mills
  • Matrix Clothing 
  • Sure Safety (India) Limited
Disclaimer: This page is created just for sharing useful links and available resources on the internet related PPE coverall manufacturing. Some of the information may not be accurate and complete.  

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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