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Despite the high level of effort that ASTM F23.30 Subcommittee on Chemical Resistance of Protective Clothing has put into bringing order into the process of evaluating and selecting chemical protective clothing (CPC), much confusion and many misconceptions still exist in the minds of those using or selecting CPC. Inadvertent misuse or misunderstanding of manufacturers' or distributors' data or failure to seek out the proper chemical resistance information may lead to incorrect and potentially dangerous garment selection. Through a review of existing and proposed ASTM standards and related literature, this paper calls attention to critical issues in evaluating and comparing chemical protective clothing materials.
chemical protective clothing, chemical permeation, permeation data, protective clothing selection
Chemist, Chemical Fabrics Corporation, Merrimack, NH