Chemical Protective Clothing Series, Anna DH, ed. AIHA Press, 2002 Jan; :1-48
The history of protective clothing and improvements in the material technology and construction methods over time are well documented. In 2000, the AIHA Chemical Protective Clothing Committee responded to an inquiry about the emerging issues in protective clothing. Although world events in the past year quickly changed the perception, significance, selection, and use of protective clothing, many of these changes were initiated by events of the past decade. The rapid introduction of terrorism, and chemical and biological threats into standard business risks have, in many ways, elevated the signficance of the identified issues. Advances in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and other high-tech industries increased the number of workers who rely on protective clothing to reduce exposures because their ever-changing work environment prevents the effective implementation of engineering controls. In jobs where personal protective clothing and equipment are the only available control options, the purpose of the clothing and equipment is to shield or isolate individuals from the chemical, physical, and biological hazards. Protective clothing must be designed and sized to properly fit and protect the growing numbers of female and minority workers; it must not only be effective, but also practical for use in the workplace.