Lead-free Elastomers for Medical Garments
Lead & Lead-free Flexible Radiation Shielding Material
Select exactly the material you need for your project. Most of our materials are available in sheets or rolls. We offer flexible elastomer sheeting in both leaded and leadfree, with a coating to protect and strengthen the material, while providing an easy to clean surface. Contact us if you need custom sizing or need us to convert the material into custom shapes.
Materials For Medical Garment Manufacture
In production of radiation shielding medical garments, lead-free elastomers have emerged as a critical innovation. These elastomeric materials are meticulously formulated to be free of lead and other hazardous heavy metals. Their applications are widespread, finding use in medical devices like aprons, vests, blankets, table shields and other essential components. The elimination of lead from these materials is paramount due to lead's toxic nature, posing significant health risks upon contact with the human body. Health consequences of lead exposure encompass neurological, developmental, and reproductive issues. Thus, the adoption of lead-free elastomers is imperative for ensuring the safety and well-being of both patients and healthcare professionals.
Lead-free elastomers are meticulously crafted from alternative materials that exhibit non-toxic properties while mirroring the flexibility, durability, and resistance to chemicals and fluids inherent in traditional elastomers. These alternatives encompass silicone, vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), and synthetic rubber compounds. Remarkably, they offer the same level of performance without the health hazards associated with lead-containing elastomers.
Moreover, the use of medical lead-free elastomers aligns with stringent regulatory standards set forth by organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). These regulatory frameworks mandate the reduction of hazardous substances in medical devices, underscoring the need for safer alternatives. By adhering to these regulations, manufacturers uphold the highest standards of safety and compliance in the healthcare industry.
In essence, the adoption of medical lead-free elastomers marks a significant stride toward enhancing the safety of medical procedures and treatments. By eliminating lead from the equation, the risks associated with lead exposure are effectively mitigated, thereby fostering an environment where healthcare remains safe and secure for all stakeholders involved.
For comprehensive information on FDA and RoHS regulations, please visit the respective websites.
Lead equivalence, mmPb (80-110 kVp)
Material is environmentally friendly. No toxic ingredients. No disposal restrictions.
This product is compliant with Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 June 2011 for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and that the maximum concentration values by weight for lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls ad polybrominated diphenylethers are in compliance.