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The ASTM Committee F23.7 on use has written a new standard practice for the development and implementation of a management program for the selection, use and maintenance of clothing to provide protection against potentially hazardous chemicals. The practice lists 11 minimum program requirements including the requirement for a written program document. At this time, there are no specific regulatory requirements for a written program document for the selection and use of chemical protective clothing. Nevertheless, it is clear that a written management plan would be beneficial. The ASTM standard practice represents a consensus program document that should serve as a model for organizations interested in reducing the risk of worker injuries and illness from dermal hazards.
protective clothing, ASTM F1461, management programs, chemical protective clothing, worker protection, protective equipment
Chief Health Scientist, Mansdorf & Associates, Inc., Stow, OH