New standard for insulating apparel published by ISEA

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has published a new industry standard to provide workers in cold temperatures with appropriate insulated apparel.

The American National Standard for Classification of Insulating Apparel Used in Cold Work Environments (ANSI/ISEA 201-2012) provides classification for warm apparel based on its ability to keep workers warm in low temperatures and its ability to retain that protection throughout the life of the garment.

Garments tested under the new standard will be assessed after a specified number of washing or dry cleaning cycles. Once tested, thermal performance will be displayed on the garment label, as well as its durability classification which shows how many laundering cycles it went through before the tests.

"When you’re operating in extreme cold conditions, it’s a challenge to find apparel that will keep workers comfortable and still allow them to do their jobs," said ISEA Director of Member and Technical Services Cristine Fargo. "This standard provides an objective way to measure and show insulating performance, and gives users an important tool for selecting the right garment."

Cold work environments can effect construction workers, linemen, emergency responders, transport workers, refrigerated warehouse, meat packaging and storage workers, and others. Prevent injuries in cold temperatures by providing workers with insulated or thermal work gloves, footwear, face masks, and clothing designed specifically for cold environments.

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