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Significance and Use
4.1 This specification provides performance properties for textile material and design characteristics for clothing that represent minimum initial requirements for primary and secondary protective clothing.
4.2 Although the specifications for primary protective clothing are written for outer garments, it is recognized that optimum protective performance to severe exposure involves the use of an appropriate system including work clothing underlayers and undergarments.
4.3 It is permissible for one or more of the requirements in Table 1 to be modified upon agreement between the buyer and seller.
1.5 This performance specification describes the properties of specific textile materials in their fabric or garment composite form as tested by laboratory methods and is not intended to be used to appraise the thermal hazard or fire risk under actual conditions. However, information on the thermal performance of clothing made from textile materials conforming to this specification may be used as an element in thermal risk assessment which takes into account all factors pertinent to the thermal hazard of a particular end use.
1.7 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 8, of this specification: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1424 Test Method for Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf-Type) Apparatus
D2262 Test Method for Tearing Strength of Woven Fabrics by the Tongue (Single Rip) Method (Constant-Rate-of-Traverse Tensile Testing Machine)
D2724 Test Methods for Bonded, Fused, and Laminated Apparel Fabrics
D4157 Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Oscillatory Cylinder Method)
D5034 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)
D6413 Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test)
F955 Test Method for Evaluating Heat Transfer through Materials for Protective Clothing Upon Contact with Molten Substances
AATCC Test Methods132 Colorfastness to Drycleaning 135 Dimensional Changes in Automatic Home Laundering of Woven and Knitted Fabrics 61 Colorfastness to Washing, Domestic and Laundering, Commercial: Accelerated
NFPA StandardNFPA 2112 Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire
Federal StandardMIL-C-87076A Resistance of Materials to Radiant Heat Exposure, Adhesion of Coating, and Adhesion After Wet Flexing
ICS Number Code 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)
UNSPSC Code 46181500(Safety apparel)