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April 21, 2010 - Interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing work of Subcommittee F23.50 on Certification and PPE Interoperability, part of ASTM Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. Subcommittee is working on proposed new standard, WK27616, Practice for a Product Certification Process, which will allow for mechanism within ASTM standards for consistency in evaluating products for certification by independent third party under certification requirements.

Subcommittee Provides Certification Guidance for ASTM Personal Protective Clothing Committee


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Press release date: April 15, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing work of Subcommittee F23.50 on Certification and PPE Interoperability, part of ASTM International Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. The subcommittee, which was formed in 2009, is currently working on a proposed new standard, WK27616, Practice for a Product Certification Process.

According to Karen Lehtonen, director of products, Lion Apparel Inc., and chair of F23.50, the subcommittee was formed after subcommittees within F23 began developing performance standards within specialized areas such as air fed ensembles and pesticide worker personal protective equipment.

"In order to ensure the specifications are actually met, tested and performance-maintained, the groups were interested in requiring that the products covered by the specifications were certified," says Lehtonen. "So, in lieu of each subcommittee drafting its own certification language, it was discussed within the committee that we develop F23.50 to provide a template for use when a subcommittee wants to require certification of the product to the standard."

Lehtonen notes that, while F23 members will find WK27616 useful when developing specifications, the proposed new standard will benefit end users as well because they will have the confidence that a product has been manufactured, tested and certified under standardized guidelines.

"WK27616 will allow for a mechanism within ASTM standards for consistency in evaluating products for certification by an independent third party under the certification requirements," says Lehtonen.

In addition to WK27616, F23.50 is planning to begin work on proposed standards that will address interoperability of personal protective equipment. End users of such equipment are particularly encouraged to participate in F23.50.

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.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM Committee F23 Next Meeting: June 8-10, June Committee Week, St. Louis, Mo.

Technical Contact: Karen Lehtonen, Lion Apparel Inc., Dayton, Ohio, Phone: 937-415-2932; lehtonen@lionapparel.com

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