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ASTM Committee F-23 on Protective Clothing has tripled its membership, quadrupled the number of standards and now is holding its third international symposium on protective clothing. While focusing on developing standard test methods, terminology, classifications and performance specifications for clothing used to protect against occupational hazards, this committee has been instrumental in causing renewed development and research in improving protective clothing. This renewed interest has resulted in the expansion of F-23 into several new subcommittees addressing such issues as protective clothing programs, human factors and specific test methods for particulates and pesticides. The future growth and activities of Committee F-23 are unlimited when one considers the number of new occupations and technological advances being made today. This presentation will give an overview of ASTM Committee F-23, its past accomplishments, its present organization and future plans toward continued growth.
Committee F-23, protective clothing, standard methods, occupational hazards, developments, future plans
research chemistChairman of F23., E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc., Haskell Laboratory, Newark, DE