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UK students help create safer PPE
S
tudents in the University of Kentucky Textile Testing Laboratory are helping
develop durable, reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care
workers. The lab, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment,
specializes in testing fabrics and materials for the textile industry to make sure they
stand up to proper safety protocols and industry standards. One of the most critical
responsibilities is the PPE that health care workers use in their daily jobs.
Although the lab has tested PPE for many years, the pandemic revealed a glaring
Students in UK's Textile Lab test
everything from medical gowns to
firefighting PPE. Photo: Jordan Strickler
for UK Agricultural Communications
problem. " Before the pandemic, the majority of all isolation gowns were disposable, "
says Elizabeth Easter, a professor in the Department of Retailing and Tourism
Management who heads the lab.
There was a limited market for reusable PPE, and research on that market segment
was almost nonexistent. Now, student lab technicians prepare and evaluate test
pieces and measure their strength to determine the durability and the whiteness index
for aesthetics. The lab also tests flame-resistant and arc-rated PPE, including fall
protection, arc flash, and flame-resistant clothing, blankets, face protection and gloves.
To date, the researchers have identified at least five different types of reusable
gowns that can withstand up to 75 wash cycles.
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