W.L. Gore & Associates Issue Safety Alert for Gore Moisture
The IAFF Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine has
been notified of a safety issue concerning stored fire fighter turnout gear. W.L.
Gore & Associates has issued a safety alert for all users of Gore moisture
barriers. The identified problem involves seam tape separation when the gear has
been stored in its original packaging for three or more years before being
issued and worn. When this seam tape separation occurs, turnout gear may no
longer be resistant to liquid penetration per the requirements of NFPA 1971.
Gore provides detailed instructions in their safety alert on how to determine if
you have any of the affected turnout gear. If you do discover any affected gear,
Gore has instituted a seam tape remediation program to alleviate this problem.
See the complete safety alert at