Work Item
ASTM WK64131

New Practice for Evaluating the Transfer of Exterior Contaminants from Protective Clothing and Equipment During Doffing

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.


Contaminated doffing; contamination transfer;


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.


Developed by Subcommittee: F23.50

Committee: F23

Staff Manager: Mary Mikolajewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-28-2018

Technical Contact: Jeffrey Stull

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