ASTM F1461 - 12

    Standard Practice for Chemical Protective Clothing Program

    Active Standard ASTM F1461 | Developed by Subcommittee: F23.30

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.03


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    ASTM F1461

    Significance and Use

    This practice presents those elements that constitute a chemical protective clothing (CPC) program and conditions to be used in establishing a program for the selection and use of CPC. Adherence to this practice requires that a written program be developed for any use of CPC.

    Although much remains to be determined regarding the toxicity of vapor and liquid exposure to the skin, this practice outlines the essential information necessary and suggested methods for hazard assessment prior to the selection of CPC (see Practice F1154).

    This practice does not address the various methods for testing CPC or obtaining the data upon which CPC assessments are made. These test methods are listed in Section 2 of this practice.

    This practice does not include recommendations that may apply to personal protection from nuclear radiation, radioactive contamination, or microbiological organisms, or to clothing that is worn to protect a particular environment from the entry of chemicals, particles, or living matter that may arise from the wearer.

    CPC should be used when other means of control are not available. Its major uses should be limited to the following:

    Maintenance operations;

    Upset or emergency conditions;

    Use in lieu of engineering controls when they are not feasible or are being installed;

    Supplementing feasible engineering controls when they fail to control the hazard completely; and

    Use in the event that engineering controls fail.

    Engineering controls and substitution of materials should be stressed as the first line of defense in all control situations since effective use of CPC depends on worker compliance, proper selection, quality control, and other variables that may prove to be weak links in an overall control process.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended to promote the proper selection, use, maintenance, and understanding of the limitations of chemical protective clothing (CPC) by users, employers, employees, and other persons involved in programs requiring CPC, thereby limiting potentially harmful and unnecessary skin exposures.

    1.2 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

    F739 Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Continuous Contact

    F903 Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Liquids

    F1001 Guide for Selection of Chemicals to Evaluate Protective Clothing Materials

    F1052 Test Method for Pressure Testing Vapor Protective Suits

    F1154 Practices for Qualitatively Evaluating the Comfort, Fit, Function, and Durability of Protective Ensembles and Ensemble Components

    F1194 Guide for Documenting the Results of Chemical Permeation Testing of Materials Used in Protective Clothing

    F1383 Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Intermittent Contact

    F2588 Test Method for Man-In-Simulant Test (MIST) for Protective Ensembles


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 53100000(Clothing)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1461-12

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