|Heat Stress and Cooling Garment Standards Under Development
Committee F23 on Protective Clothing seeks new members and input for development
of new standards that will evaluate the human effects of protective
clothing worn in hot environments. Recognizing that tradeoffs
exist when attempting to provide adequate protection, wearer comfort,
and functionality, the Human Factors Subcommittee F23.60 will
focus on human factors that occur when protective clothing is
worn to prevent heat stress in hot working conditions and warm
or humid climates.
The Human Factors Subcommittee F23.60 has successfully established
test methods and practices to evaluate protective clothing materials
and garments for their insulative effects in both bench-scale
and manikin-based tests. It invites participation in its current
development of methodology related to the incidence of heat stress,
A proposed Standard Guide for Conducting Evaluations of the
Heat Stress Effects for Protective Clothing; and
A proposed Standard Practice for Evaluating the Effectiveness
of Personal Body Cooling Garments (or Devices).
Those interested in these activities should contact Elizabeth A. McCullough, professor, Institute for Environmental Research, Kansas State
University, Manhattan, Kan. (phone: 785/532-2284). Committee F23
meets Jan. 23-24 in Dallas, Texas. For meeting or membership details,
contact Steve Mawn, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/832-9726).
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