ANSI Approves Updated Apparel Standard

ISEA noted the key update to ANSI/ISEA 101-2014 is an expanded sizing chart to accommodate a majority of the working population who wear limited use and disposable garments on a daily basis.

The American National Standards Institute has approved an updated ISEA standard for limited-use and disposable coveralls, the International Safety Equipment Association announced July 16.

ANSI/ISEA 101-2014, American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls - Size and Labeling Requirements, was prepared by members of the ISEA Protective Apparel Group and approved by a consensus panel of stakeholders representing testing and certification organizations, product suppliers, and end users. It provides minimum size, packaging, and labeling requirements for limited-use and disposable coveralls. ISEA noted the key update to the standard, which had most recently been revised in 1996, is an expanded sizing chart to accommodate a majority of the working population who wear these garments on a daily basis. Sizing criteria range from extra small to 6X.

"Properly fitted clothing can help reduce the risk of exposure to chemical spills or unwanted particulates that can injure workers," said Brian Lyons, chairman of the ISEA Protective Apparel Group and vice president of sales and marketing at Enviroguard. "Safety apparel manufacturers are very cognizant of the ever-changing population and demographics represented in the workforce and view this as an opportunity for us to ensure they are provided with garments that fit well."

The standard can be purchased from ISEA for $10 a copy, with discounts available on bulk orders. For more information, contact Cristine Z. Fargo, ISEA's director of member and technical services, at cfargo@safetyequipment.org or visit www.safetyequipment.org.

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