ASTM seeks input on impact hazards
Specialty Fabrics Review | October 2012
Personal protective equipment stands up to many types of hazards, one of which is transmitted impact force. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International is developing a standard, ASTM WK38096, Test Method for Measuring Transmitted Impact Force through Materials Used in Protective Clothing, and welcomes perspectives from manufacturers of protective clothing.
“Workers in the oil and mining industries often have a work process that exposes their hands to multiple hazards,” says Angela Fisher, manager of product development for Wells Lamont Industrial. “The increase in hand injuries within these industries … led to the development of gloves designed to protect against multiple hazards, including transmitted impact force.” The subcommittee developing the standards wants to hear from manufacturers with products not usually considered protective work wear, such as makers of goalkeeper and motorcycle gloves.