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December 2, 2009 - ASTM F2733, Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards, provides minimum requirements for flame-resistant rainwear used by workers exposed to flash fire and other flame hazards. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F23.80, it is intended for safety and purchasing personnel and other employees in petrochemical industry. Most rainwear that meets requirements will also protect against hot liquid splash hazards, according to Thomas Neal.

Flame Resistant Rainwear Is Subject of New ASTM Personal Protective Clothing Standard


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Press release date: December 1, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - Workers in oil refineries, chemical plants, the natural gas industry and other industries that involve flammable or explosive materials need access to rain gear that is also flame resistant. A new ASTM International standard, ASTM F2733, Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards, provides minimum requirements for flame resistant rainwear to be used by workers who are exposed to flash fire and other flame hazards.

ASTM F2733 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F23.80 on Flame and Thermal, part of Committee F23 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment.

Safety and purchasing personnel and other employees in the petrochemical industry, and other industries that involve flammable or explosive materials, will be the primary users of ASTM F2733.

"Workers in the industries that will use ASTM F2733 often need to work outdoors during weather conditions involving heavy rain and wind, so they have a need for flame resistant rainwear that provides the appropriate protection against their workplace hazards," says Thomas Neal, principal consultant and president, Neal Associates Ltd., and chairman of Committee F23. "It is expected that most rainwear that meets the requirements of F2733 will also provide protection against hot liquid splash hazards. Flame resistant rainwear that meets ASTM F2733 can also be tested to ASTM F2701, Test Method for Evaluating Heat Transfer through Materials for Protective Clothing Upon Contact with a Hot Liquid Splash."

Subcommittee F23.80 encourages participation in its standards developing activities. The subcommittee is currently planning to develop new test methods for determining the electrostatic performance of protective clothing materials and steam hazards, and is especially interested in participation from those with expertise in these areas.

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org. ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

ASTM Committee F23 Next Meeting: Jan. 26-28, 2010, San Antonio, Texas

Technical Contact: Thomas Neal, Neal Associates Ltd., Bonita Springs, Fla., Phone: 203-627-2266; nealassoc@earthlink.net

ASTM Staff Contact: Stephen Mawn, Phone: 610-832-9726, smawn@astm.org

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, ASTM International, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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