Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee

Goals and Objectives


Goal 1: Assemble, evaluate & disseminate to occupational and environmental professionals information relevant to preventing harmful skin contact with chemical, physical, or biological agents.  

Objective #1: Discuss and act upon issues relevant to protective clothing and equipment  


  • Designate specific members to track and report on identified issues.

  • Respond to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.

  • Meet annually at the American Industrial Hygiene conference and expo (AIHce.)

  • Provide an information resource for AIHA members. 

Objective #2: Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed regulations and standards that impact the practice of industrial hygiene regarding protective clothing and equipment. 


  • Monitor and report on relevant activities by rulemaking organizations.

  • Develop and recommend position papers to the AIHA Board.

  • Develop and maintain liaisons with protective clothing and equipment industry trade, labor, and safety organizations. 

Goal 2: To provide EH&S professionals guidance and support in the selection, use, and maintenance of protective clothing and equipment.

Objective #1: Provide education and training on protective clothing and equipment topics.


  • Develop, maintain and modify new or existing PDC courses as necessary.

  • Solicit papers, organize sessions, provide session  arrangers, chairs, and monitors for the AIHce.

Objective #2: Foster the development of literature related to the selection, maintenance and use of protective clothing and equipment.


  • Promote the development and dissemination of handbooks, videos, and other publications.

  • Develop and recommend position papers to the AIHA Board.

Objective #3: Make available subject matter experts on the topic of protective clothing and equipment’s for collaborative opportunities.
  • Provide presentations for outside interests.

  • Protective clothing and equipment issue advocacy for AIHA or other stakeholders as necessary.  


Chemical Protective Clothing, 2nd Edition:
Chemical Protective Clothing provides a comprehensive overview of the considerations necessary for implementation of a successful protective clothing and equipment program. The discussion emphasizes the prevention of chemical exposures and methods to reduce exposures to biological and physical hazards. Practical focus areas include:
  •  Guidelines for proper selection

  • Decontamination issues

  • Strategies for program development

  • Manufacture, design and testing

  • A new chapter on considerations for the selection of PPE to protect against nanoparticle dermal exposure

Guideline for the Decontamination of Chemical Protective Clothing and Equipment: 

Industrial hygienists and safety professionals will benefit from this current and accurate information that ensures an effective and safe decontamination program. It offers methodologies for decontaminating CPC and equipment, including the most current practices regulatory compliance, decontamination work plans, waste management, hazard and risk assessments, CPC reuse, quality assurance, and training. 

Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing, 6th edition:
Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing provides the reader with the latest information on Selection, Care and Use of Chemical Protective garments and gloves. Topics in the widely-used reference guide include Selection and Use of Chemical Protective Clothing, Chemical Index, Selection Recommendations, Glossary, Standards for Chemical Protective Clothing, Manufactures of Chemical Protective Clothing and European requirements for chemical resistant gloves.

The key feature of the book is the color-coded selection recommendations. The red, yellow or green indications are highly appreciated by the users. This sixth edition of the Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing has been updated, to include approximately 1,000 chemicals/chemical brands or mixture of chemicals more than twice the information provided in the original edition. The performance of 9 generic materials and 32 proprietary barriers are compared against the 21 standard test chemicals listed in ASTM F1001. The color-coded recommendations against the broader list of materials now contain 27 representative barrier materials.

This best-selling pocket guide is the an essential field source for HazMat teams, spill responder, safety professionals, chemists and chemical engineers, industrial hygienists, supervisors, purchase agents, salespeople and other users of chemical protective clothing.


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