A Guide for Evaluating the Performance of Chemical Protective Clothing
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 90-109
In industrial environments where dermal exposure to hazardous chemicals can occur, engineering, administrative, and work practice controls can minimize the worker’s contact with chemicals. Where these controls are inadequate, the use of chemical protective clothing (CPC) can minimize the risk of exposure and provide a last line of defense. This guide describes a method for an industrial hygienist or equivalent safety professional to select appropriate CPC. The steps in the selection process are (1) evaluating the workplace, (2) obtaining samples of candidate CPC, (3) testing the samples under the conditions in which they will be used, (4) select the best candidate protective clothing are discussed, and an example is given for using the selection process.