ASTM F1002 - 13

    Standard Performance Specification for Protective Clothing and the Materials from Which It Is Made for Use by Workers Exposed to Specific Molten Substances and Related Thermal Hazards

    Active Standard ASTM F1002 | Developed by Subcommittee: F23.80

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.03


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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.

    4.1.1 The initial performance properties have been selected based on state-of-the-art materials in use and have been compared with commercial standards which take into consideration durability in use for specific apparel items.

    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.

    Note—Certain treated fabrics exhibit afterglow during the flammability test. This has been judged not a serious hazard. When afterglow occurs, extinguish it after 10 s. Then measure char length and note either the actual time or greater than 10 s for afterglow on the report.

    4.3.1 In such cases, any references to the specification shall specify that: “This fabric meets Performance Specification F1002 except for the following characteristic(s).”

    1. Scope

    1.1 This performance specification covers clothing design characteristics that relate to the unique protective requirements of working with molten substances.

    1.2 Materials used for both primary protection and for secondary protection are covered.

    1.3 Protective properties relate to contact with molten substances and hot surfaces and exposure to open flame and radiant heat.

    1.4 This performance specification covers textile materials to be used for protective clothing.

    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.

    1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in brackets are for information only.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    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 Methods

    132 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 Standard

    NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire

    Federal Standard

    MIL-C-87076A Resistance of Materials to Radiant Heat Exposure, Adhesion of Coating, and Adhesion After Wet Flexing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46181500(Safety apparel)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1002

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