Personal protective equipment

ANSI approves new consensus standard on PPE evaluation

Arlington, VA – A new voluntary consensus standard for determining whether personal protective equipment meets performance standards has been approved by the American National Standards Institute.

The International Safety Equipment Association’s voluntary American National Standard for Conformity Assessment of Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (ANSI/ISEA 125-2014) features three methods of conformity assessment, all of which include product testing, process quality management, corrective action and recordkeeping, as well as a standardized way to communicate the product evaluation to a purchaser.

“By formalizing conformity assessment in a consistent way, this standard gives users an important new tool to make confident decisions when purchasing PPE,” Eric Beck, chair of ISEA’s standards policy and planning committee, said in a press release.