ASTM F1671-97b

    Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is used to measure the resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using a surrogate microbe under conditions of continuous liquid contact. Protective clothing material pass/fail determinations are based on the detection of viral penetration.

    1.1.1 This test method is not always effective in testing protective clothing materials having thick, inner liners which readily absorb the liquid assay fluid.

    1.2 This test method does not apply to all forms or conditions of blood-borne pathogen exposure. Users of the test method should review modes for worker/clothing exposure and assess the appropriateness of this test method for their specific applications.

    1.3 This test method has been specifically defined for modeling the viral penetration of Hepatitis (B and C) and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses transmitted in blood and other potentially infectious body fluids. Inferences for protection from other pathogens must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    1.4 This test method addresses only the performance of materials or certain material constructions (for example, seams) used in protective clothing and determined to be viral resistant. This test method does not address the design, overall construction and components, or interfaces of garments or other factors which may affect the overall protection offered by the protective clothing.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units or in other units shall be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system must be used independently of the other, without combining values in any way.

    1.6 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

    D1331 Test Methods for Surface and Interfacial Tension of Solutions of Surface-Active Agents

    D1777 Test Method for Thickness of Textile Materials

    D3776 Test Methods for Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) of Fabric

    D3862 Test Method for Retention Characteristics of 0.2-m Membrane Filters Used in Routine Filtration Procedures for the Evaluation of Microbiological Water Quality

    E105 Practice for Probability Sampling of Materials

    E171 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Flexible Barrier Packaging

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

    F1670 Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Synthetic Blood

    Military Standard

    MIL-STD-105 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, DODSSP, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5098, http://dodssp.daps.dla.mil.

    ANSI/ASQC Standard

    ANSI/ASQC Z1.4 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes Available from American Society for Quality (ASQ), 600 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203, http://www.asq.org.

    ISO Standard

    ISO 2859-1 Sampling Plans for Inspection by Attributes Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.140 (Hospital equipment); 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F1671-97B

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    ASTM F1671-97b, Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1997, www.astm.org

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