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SECTOR 5 - Chemicals and TextilesTC 13 - Chemicals
Secretory: Milagrosa Mondlane
Chairperson: Phillip Mndawe

Personal safety – Protective clothing and equipment, subcommittee SC 13, Protective clothing are aimed at protection against exposure to “worst possible” fire scenarios, i.e. flashover conditions or ensembles for wild land conditions. Clothing for protection against contact with blood and body fluids –Determination of resistance of protective clothing materials to penetration by blood-borne pathogens –Test method using Phi-X174 bacteriophage, will help detect micro-holes in materials using a microorganism that is similar to the hepatitis C virus in size and shape but also serves as a substitute for the hepatitis B virus and HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses). The risk of contamination by viruses such as AIDS, HIV, hepatitis and others from blood or other body fluids is a constant source of concern for health care staff, and the two standards provide a tool to assess the barrier capacity of the materials used for these protective garments. The new standards describe laboratory test methods for measuring the penetration resistance of clothing materials to blood, body fluids and other potentially infectious materials. They will enable manufacturers to develop protective clothing that will reduce the potential of direct skin contact to a variety of blood-borne viruses by medical personnel.

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