The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is seeking consensus reviewers from all stakeholder categories (manufacturer, users, general interest and government) for a proposed new standard on insulating apparel. This standard will help users select the right clothing for working in cold environments. Garments complying with the standard, ISEA 201, will be evaluated and labeled with codes showing their insulating properties and durability.
A garment’s insulating property can be expressed in a clo value, similar to the familiar R-value for home insulation. The higher the clo, the greater the protection against the cold. The ISEA 201 garment label will show a value of 1 to 6, based on a range of clo values. A second part of the label will be a durability class, which shows how the garment will maintain its insulating properties over a number of standard cleaning cycles.
The standard’s appendix will include information to help users select the right clothing for working in various cold environments. Using existing clothing test methods, the appendix will include a selection flow-chart and a standardized approach for matching insulative clothing with environmental and work conditions.
ISEA 201 has been drafted by manufacturers in the association’s Protective Apparel Group, and is being reviewed by a consensus panel for submission as an American National Standard. If you are interested in reviewing the document and serving as a consensus reviewer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.