Work Item
ASTM WK31804

New Guide for Testing and Optimal Selection of Radiological Protection Garments

1. Scope

This Committee will develop standard specifications, test methods, practices, guides, terminology, and classifications for protective clothing and related personal protective equipment (PPE) designed and constructed to protect the user from potential occupational hazards. Where applicable, this committee will also develop the requirements for conformity assessment of protective clothing and related personal protective equipment. This Committee will coordinate its efforts with other ASTM Committees and outside organizations having mutual interests.


protective clothing; radiological; radiation; alpha; beta, gamma; X-ray; protective suits; garments; PPE; optimization; selection; gloves; footwear


Working in ionizing radiological environments such as nuclear energy, military, medical, or laboratory settings presents an array of personal protection issues. Fundamental hazards come from whole body and extremity radiation fields as well as external (skin) and internal contamination. Exposure from ambient radiation fields is controlled through proper planning of time, distance, and shielding and is subject to regulatory limits. Contamination potential is minimized by work area controls and prescription of PPE.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F23.70

Committee: F23

Staff Manager: Mary Mikolajewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-26-2011

Technical Contact: Steve Simonson

Item: 011

Ballot: F23 (13-02)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 003

Ballot: F23 (20-08)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 005

Ballot: F23 (21-02)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution