STP989

    Development of a Comprehensive Approach to Chemical Protective Clothing Use

    Published: Jan 1988


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    Abstract

    Chemical protective clothing (CPC) is a “last line of defense.” As such, proper selection and use are essential to the safety and health of the wearer.

    A comprehensive approach to CPC selection and use should include at least eight key elements. They are: (1) assessing the need; (2) determination of the level and type of chemical and physical protection required through a hazard assessment of the proposed task; (3) proper selection based on the hazard assessment; (4) lab and field validation of the effectiveness of the selection; (5) establishment of reuse and decontamination guidelines; (6) worker and supervisory training in the use and limitations of the selected equipment; (7) establishment of a routine inspection, maintenance, and repair program; and (8) development of a management audit scheme to assure all elements of the CPC selection process are being properly followed.

    Chemical protective clothing can be an effective hazard control measure; however, the protection provided will only be as efficacious as the quality of the methodology or program utilized for its proper selection, use, and maintenance.

    Keywords:

    chemical protective clothing, hazard assessment, selection, laboratory validation, field validation, decontamination, training, inspection program, audit scheme, performance criteria, protective clothing


    Author Information:

    Mansdorf, SZ
    President, S. Z. Mansdorf & Associates, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, OH


    Paper ID: STP26306S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26306S


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