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Standards for High-Visibility Safety Apparel

Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns
The need to be seen is critical for worker safety, especially for workers who perform tasks on or near moving vehicles or equipment.  By wearing high-visibility garments, workers can draw attention to themselves to prevent injuries and fatalities from struck-by hazards in complex work environments, when the ability to be seen at all times is necessary.
The American National Standard ANSI/ISEA 107-2010, High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear is an industry consensus standard that specifies requirements for apparel and headwear that is capable of visually signaling the user's presence.  It was developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and first published in 1999.  Since then, the standard has been recognized and compliance mandated by federal, state and local authorities as well as private industry entities.  Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires nearly all workers in or near a highway right-of-way to wear garments that comply with the standard.

Source : http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/hiviz-faq.cfm

Certifying Personal Protective Technologies

Conformity assessment is key to ensuring that the products we purchase are effective and perform to specifications; as users we are not expected to know or be engaged in the actual intricacies of how products are tested and verified to make sure that they meet performance requirements. This report focuses on conformity assessment for occupational personal protective technologies (PPT)—ensuring that PPT are effective in preventing or reducing hazardous exposures or situations that workers face in their jobs. Because respirators already have an extensive testing and conformity assessment process in place, the charge to this committee was to address conformity assessment processes for other types of PPT, including eye and face protection, gloves, hearing protectors, and protective clothing

Source: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12962.html

Essential Elements of Respiratory Protection

Short guidebook listing 19 essential elements of respiratory protection for workers potentially exposed to deleterious agents, such as hazardous wastes or agents of mass destruction. Learning objectives include: Articulate the essential elements of an effective respiratory program; identify and comprehend the basic personal respirators functional categories; apply the essential elements to develop, implement or evaluate a respiratory protection program; and recognize critical administrative, medical, environmental, technical and regulatory requirements. The guidebook presents the information in a graphical format which makes presentation and absorption of material quicker and easier.

Source : http://www.njcphp.org/legacy/drup/index.php?q=node/34

Why should chemical protective gloves be used?

Human skin offers natural protection against external influences. This protection is unfortunately often inadequate. The human body therefore sometimes needs clothing which not only keeps it warm, but also protects it against exposure to hazardous substances. Such substances range from moisture to chemicals with a variety of properties.
Chemical exposure is not always obvious, as it is in the case of an acute caustic burn; it may also begin insidiously with a skin irritation, and progress through sensitizing to severe skin damage. Even substances that are regarded subjectively as harmless, such as cleaning agents, may lead to skin problems following sustained or repeated contact with the skin. In both occupational and domestic use, the hands in particular must therefore be protected during activities involving contact with chemical substances. Where skin-care or barrier products do not provide the skin with adequate protection, chemical protective gloves must be worn.

Source : http://www.dguv.de/ifa/en/pra/chemikalienschutzhandschuhe/index.jsp

ISEA has published a new standard for classification of chemical protective clothing

Workers exposed to chemical hazards on the job have a new tool to select the right protective clothing, with the publication of a standard from ISEA. 
The American National Standard for Classification and Performance Requirements for Chemical Protective Clothing (ANSI/ISEA 103-2010) is the first U.S. standard to address the protective apparel needs of workers who require protection from chemical hazards every day, not just in emergency situations.
ANSI/ISEA 103-2010 was developed by ISEA's Protective Apparel Group and was reviewed by a consensus panel representing chemical and safety professionals, testing facilities, waste management and remediation providers, and government agencies.

Source : http://www.safetyequipment.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?NewsID=55

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