Development and Validation of PPE Laboratory
Preconditioning Techniques for Testing Barrier Materials - FY08
To provide the standards organizations with the appropriate preconditioning methods, so ensembles will be evaluated using more realistic and consistent methods that are closer to the real world needs and experiences of first responders
NFPA Protective Clothing Standards - 1991, 1992, 1994, 1971, and 1951
Various ASTM Test Methods under F23 Protective Clothing and D13 Textiles
Various preconditioning methods of the American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists (AATCC)
International Personnel Standards
Management of the review, analysis, and inter-laboratory validation of ensemble preconditioning techniques that are applied to ensemble materials for barrier testing.
Development of more realistic preconditioning procedures will result in garment designs and materials that provide long term durability while preventing unnecessary stress to the wearer.
Q1 Development of a test plan and proposal
Q2 Submit for peer review of test plan/proposal
Q2 Initiate field test programs
Q4 Complete testing on selected clothing and materials
Q4 Present recommended conditioning practices to NFPA and ASTM
Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 1)
Presentations to stakeholders or conferences
Standards committee meetings & public meetings
Final report with recommended preconditioning techniques for use by the NFPA Technical Committees and ASTM F23 and D13.
Revisions or updates to all applicable NFPA Standards and ASTM Test Methods.
Possible new ASTM practice for conditioning materials.
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)