You may have been hearing a lot about ISO lately and wonder what all the fuss is over. Well, in this series we hope to provide you a better understanding of this standard. Through this discussion we hope the reader will gain knowledge that will enable them to recognize both strengths and weaknesses of the standard from their own perspective and based on their own needs determine if specifying compliant garments will improve worker protection. As standards go, it was actually developed and issued in a relatively short amount of time. There are a couple of reasons that ISO was able to go from draft to finished standard so quickly.
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ISO establishes minimum performance classification and labelling requirements for protective clothing designed to provide protection against chemicals.
Protective clothing items covered by ISO include, but may not be limited to, totally encapsulating suits, liquid-tight or spray-tight suits, coveralls, jackets, trousers, aprons, smocks, hoods, sleeves, and shoe and boot covers.
Chemical protective clothing for protection against airborne particles is addressed by ISO , which is referenced in ISO ISO does not address protection against solid chemicals in forms other than airborne solid particulates e. ISO does not address protection against biological or thermal hot or cold hazards, ionizing radiation, or radioactive contamination.
ISO also does not address the specialized clothing used in hazardous chemical emergencies. ISO is intended to provide chemical protective clothing manufacturers with minimum requirements for testing, classifying, and labelling chemical protective clothing.
To assist the users of products covered under ISO , this document provides descriptions of referenced test methods, guidelines for conducting hazard and risk assessments and suggested performance levels for certain applications. It is not the intent of ISO to address all situations. Check out our FAQs. Buy this standard. Therefore this version remains current.
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