ASTM release new standard to aid in PPE selection for glass handlers
Posted July 27, 2012
Accidents involving the handling of annealed glass have heightened interest in standards that could improve safety in the glass industry. In response, ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety has approved a new standard, ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass.
According to ASTM, the new standard is written to aid employers in the selection of personal protective equipment that will best protect a specific employee from hazards that cannot be mitigated through other means than (for example, through engineering, administrative or work practice controls). In particular, the standard highlights critical areas of risk to the body from glass handling and the need for risk assessments — particularly to the neck and other major artery areas. It also explains cut test standards and describes personal protective equipment materials of construction.
For more information on ASTM E2875/E2875M, visit www.astm.org
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