Comparison of Ensemble Total Inward Leakage Tests - FY12
To evaluate the three most commonly used inward leakage tests for personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles including the Inward Leakage Test (SF6), Man-In-Simulant-Test (MIST) and Total Inward Leakage Test (Corn Oil)
ASTM F2588, Man-In-Simulant Test Method
42 CFR Part 84 - Respirators (Corn Oil)
NFPA 1991 (SF6), 1994 (MIST), 1971 (MIST), 1951 (MIST)
NIJ CBRN for Law Enforcement PPE (MIST)
ASTM for Air-Fed Ensembles (SF6)
N.C. State University
The proposed research effort will result a greater understanding of the three most commonly used inward leakage tests.
A range of ensembles will be selected and human subject testing will be conducted to compare and contrast the TIL tests.
Information on the TIL tests will aid SDOs in the development of standards and help to ensure consistent evaluation and certification.
Creation of ASTM standards for the SF6 and corn oil tests.
Project will be ending in FY12 due to lack of project officer availability
Presentations at Standards meetings (ASTM, NFPA, NIJ)
Input to standards development organizations (SDOs) for further TIL test development
Conference presentations and peer reviewed journal articles
Final technical report
Completed ASTM Test Methods for the Inward Leakage (SF6) Test and possibly the Total Inward Leakage Test (Corn Oil)
Incorporation of any recommended changes to NFPA, ASTM or NIJ Standards