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NIOSH Testimony on Testing and Certification by J. F. Finklea, April 25, 1977.


PB90192949

Publication Date 1977
Page Count 24
Abstract The testimony concerned the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) experience in testing and certifying products against standards established by consensus standards producing organizations. One NIOSH responsibility under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was to transmit recommended standards to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assist OSHA in revising consensus safety standards. The Testing and Certification Branch was engaged in testing equipment against American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. The roles of OSHA, employers, employees and manufacturers of protective equipment with regard to personal protective equipment were reviewed. The consensus standards process and the NIOSH personal protective equipment standards process were described. Some results of the personal protective equipment tests for compliance with OSHA/ANSI standards were summarized. Some of the equipment tested did not comply with the applicable standards. It was not known how many workers were injured because of the use of defective equipment. The adequacy of the standard and the mechanisms for standards development were discussed. The tendency of the consensus standard process to discourage product innovation was discussed. NIOSH activities in the area of consensus standards for personal protective equipment were described.
Keywords
  • Standards
  • Acceptability
  • Tests
  • Government policies
  • Quality assurance
  • Protectors
  • Protective clothing
  • Safety devices
  • Protection
  • Failure
  • Hazards
  • Private organizations
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Certification
  • Testimony
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 70F - Public Administration & Government
  • 70E - Research Program Administration & Technology Transfer
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199012
NIOSH Testimony on Testing and Certification by J. F. Finklea, April 25, 1977.
NIOSH Testimony on Testing and Certification by J. F. Finklea, April 25, 1977.
PB90192949

  • Standards
  • Acceptability
  • Tests
  • Government policies
  • Quality assurance
  • Protectors
  • Protective clothing
  • Safety devices
  • Protection
  • Failure
  • Hazards
  • Private organizations
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Certification
  • Testimony
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 70F - Public Administration & Government
  • 70E - Research Program Administration & Technology Transfer
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