STP989

    Test Kit for Field Evaluation of the Chemical Resistance of Protective Clothing

    Published: Jan 1988


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    Abstract

    Personnel involved in emergency response and hazardous waste site activities often have the need to reach on-scene decisions regarding the effectiveness and limitations of chemical protective clothing. Three gravimetric techniques were evaluated as means for providing essential information for aiding such decisions. For four neat chemicals, three two-component solutions, and two clothing materials, permeation cup tests yielded breakthrough time and permeation rate data comparable to that from testing performed according to ASTM Test Method for Resistance of Protective Clothing Materials to Permeation by Liquids and Gases (F 739-85). Three prototype kits based on the cup test are presently undergoing field trials. The permeation cup test was selected over a simple immersion test and a proposed degradation test. Recommendations for further development of the cup test and the degradation test are given.

    Keywords:

    protective clothing, permeation, permeation cup, standards, field kit, chemical resistance, gravimetric measurements, nitrile rubber, butyl-coated nylon, degradation tests, break through time


    Author Information:

    Schwope, AD
    Unit leader, consultant, and research assistant, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA

    Carroll, TR
    Unit leader, consultant, and research assistant, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA

    Huang, R
    Unit leader, consultant, and research assistant, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA

    Royer, MD
    Project officer, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Edison, NJ


    Paper ID: STP26298S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26298S


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