While protective clothing and ensembles of different clothing and equipment items are designed to limit exposure to the individual wearer, the wearer still may be exposed to contaminants on the outside of the clothing if the clothing is not be removed safely. Standardized practices are needed to provide a design tool for improved protective clothing doffing, for developing effective procedures for safe removal of clothing, and as a training aid to ensure that workers depending on protective clothing do not become contaminated when clothing is removed. It has been shown that healthcare workers have transferred infectious microorganisms from the exterior of their clothing while removing blood or body fluid contaminated clothing. Similar reports in the literature exist for removal of clothing that is contaminated with harmful substances such as pesticides.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.