Global Classification Systems for Chemical Protective Apparel

ISO 16602 and ANSI/ISEA 103 provide a way for you to specify its performance in an objective and detailed manner. When faced with protecting workers from chemical hazards, there are no "all hazards" chemical protective garments. The chemical hazard, work activities, and environment vary from job to job. An "all hazards" garment would end up being too protective in most situations. Over-protection may limit the workers' ability to perform their jobs, adds the risk of heat stress, limits the workers' ability to see or be seen, reduces agility and dexterity, and adds cost. That is why you have so many chemical protective clothing options available to you. The task becomes selecting the garment with the right seam, design, and material and selecting the matching respirators, gloves, and footwear. And that selection process must also consider factors such as flex and abrasion performance, cut resistance, flame resistance, and color.

You now have access to three chemical protective clothing classification systems that consider most of the important factors. When fully adopted, these classification systems will help you select chemical protective clothing for your situation...One system is found in the recently released American National Standard for Classification and Performance Requirements for Chemical Protective Clothing (ANSI/ISEA 103). The second system is found in ISO 16602 Protective clothing for protection against chemicals -- Classification, labeling and performance requirements. The ISO system closely resembles the oldest six-level classification system developed by the Committee for European Normalization (CEN).

Source : http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2011/08/01/Global-Classification-Systems-for-Chemical-Protective-Apparel.aspx

 

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