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NIOSH Testimony on Testing and Certification by J. F. Finklea, April 25, 1977.

NIOSH 1977 Apr:20 pages
This testimony concerned the NIOSH experience in testing and certifying products against standards established by consensus standards producing organizations. One NIOSH responsibility under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was to transmit recommended standards to OSHA to assist OSHA in revising consensus safety standards. The Testing and Certification Branch was engaged in testing equipment against American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. The roles of OSHA, employers, employees and manufacturers of protective equipment with regard to personal protective equipment were reviewed. The consensus standards process and the NIOSH personal protective equipment standards process were described. Some results of the personal protective equipment tests for compliance with OSHA/ANSI standards were summarized. Some of the equipment tested did not comply with the applicable standards. It was not known how many workers were injured because of the use of defective equipment. The adequacy of the standard and the mechanisms for standards development were discussed. Problems with ANSI standards included: a lack of clarity; the necessity for interpretation; absence of technical justification; lack of validation for test procedures; and the lack of statistically significant sampling procedures. The tendency of the consensus standard process to discourage product innovation was discussed. NIOSH activities in the area of consensus standards for personal protective equipment were described.
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