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Chemical Protective Clothing

By Chemical Engineering |

Workers in the chemical process industries (CPI) can wear chemical protective clothing to protect themselves from exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals in the form of vapor, liquid and solid particles. While chemical protective clothing has not been regulated to the extent that safety glasses, hard hats and some other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been, an international standard is available for classifying the performance of chemical protective equipment. When testing chemical protective clothing (CPC), a two-pronged approach is taken, where the whole garment is tested as well as the individual components. Testing both separately is an integral part of evaluating the overall integrity and expected performance of the CPC.  Figure 1. ISO 16602 provides an objective system to appropriately test, classify and label chemical- protective apparel. The standard designates minimum performance levels of protective clothing for six types of chemical hazards. The garment type designation is based upon the physical state of the hazard (vapors, liquids, aerosols or particles)   ISO 16602 ISO 16602 (“Protective clothing for protection against…
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