Friday, July 18, 2014

ISEA Updates Coveralls Standard

International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received ANSI approval for ANSI/ISEA 101-2014, American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls--Size and Labeling Requirements.

The standard provides minimum size, packaging and labeling requirements for limited-use and disposable coveralls. Such garments are used in grain and milling operations, auto repair, painting and dry chemical applications, abrasive blasting, food processing and construction work. The key update to the standard, which was revised last in 1996, is the expansion of the sizing chart to accommodate most of the working population that wears these garments. The standard also identifies test movements that users can perform to verify the appropriate size selection.

"Properly fitted clothing can help reduce the risk of exposure to chemical spills or unwanted particulates that can injure workers," says Brian Lyons, chair of the ISEA Protective Apparel Group that prepared the standard. "Safety apparel manufacturers are very cognizant of the ever-changing population and demographics represented in the workforce and view this as an opportunity for us to ensure they are provided with garments that fit well."