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CURRENT OPTIONS
Typical disposable apparel designed for protection from chemical contaminants is made
from polypropylene with a polyethylene barrier, says Kyle Kerbow, vice president, U.S.
and Mexico, for New York-based Lakeland
Industries Inc., which manufactures and sells
PPE apparel. He adds that polypropylene/
polyethylene-configured disposables are
cost effective in a number of ways, but both
materials are flammable.
Polypropylene, for example, is a lightweight, breathable fabric appropriate for wear
in certain nonhazardous workplaces and is
a lower-cost solution than permanent PPE
gear and apparel. Polypropylene can be very
effective at protecting workers from dirt and
grime, but not suitable as a secondary cover
for permanent FR gear.
Permanent flame-resistant work apparel
is often paired with disposable outerwear to
protect the permanent gear from chemical
contamination. If the secondary outerwear
is not also flame resistant, workers in that
setting will be at risk of serious injury
and burns.
Settings or situations where secondary
single-use, flame-resistant protective
clothing is worn over primary flameresistant protective clothing can include
chemical processing, hazardous materials
remediation, pharmaceuticals operations,
paint spraying, tank cleaning, laboratory
operations, petrochemical operations,
general manufacturing, bulk chemical
transfer and handling operations, general
maintenance, and hazardous materials
cleanup operations.

"There has long been recognition that a
work environment may present competing
hazards and that protection against all of
the hazards cannot be achieved through use
of a singular protective clothing item," says
Cristine Fargo, vice president, Operations
and Technical Services at ISEA.
For example, FR garments engineered
to protect against flash fire or arc hazards
may stop being protective if contaminated by
materials such as oil, paint or grease.
Brian Lyons, vice president of Texas-based
International Enviroguard, and chair of ISEA's
Protective Apparel Group, agrees. "ISEA
recognized the myriad of standards addressing
primary FR garments worn to protect workers
from flame exposures. What had been missing
was a standard for overgarments that can
be used as part of a protective ensemble in
multi-hazard working environments," he
said, in a statement issued by ANSI on the
new standard.

WHAT IS "HAZARDOUS"?
Materials formally classified as hazardous by
U.S. agencies (the Environmental Protection
Agency [EPA], Occupational Safety and
Health Administration [OSHA] and the
Department of Transportation [DOT])
include but are not limited to any biological,
chemical or radiologic material that has the
potential to harm humans, animals or the
environment. This includes carcinogenic
materials, toxic agents, irritants, corrosives,
biological agents that can damage lungs, eyes,
skin or mucous membranes, and materials
that are flammable or explosive.

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