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New report develops permeation test method for zippers and other closures on emergency responder PPE

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 17, 2014

<p><a class="asset-img-link" style="display: inline;" href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/for-emergency-responders/personal-protective-equipment/development-of-permeation-test-method-for-zippers-and-other-closures" target="_blank"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f11ba970b img-responsive" style="width: 450px;" title="Zippers" src="http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f11ba970b-450wi" alt="Zippers" /></a><br />A new report, "<a href="http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Research%20Foundation/Research%20Foundation%20reports/For%20emergency%20responders/RFDevelopmentofPermeationTestMethodforZippersandOtherClosures.pdf" target="_blank">Development of Permeation Test Method for Zippers and Other Closures</a>," authored by R. Bryan Ormond, Ph.D. from the Textile Protection and Comfort Center and North Carolina State University has been published. </p>
<p>The NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment had identified a number of deficiencies in the current permeation tests used to characterize barrier layers in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) events. One of the issues is the design of the current test cell, which does not accommodate seams, zippers and other closures.</p>
<p>This project supports the initial steps necessary to develop a test cell that complies with the requirements of the evolving permeation test method, but which provides robust closure technologies that can accommodate the irregular geometries inherent for seams, closures and zippers.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/for-emergency-responders/personal-protective-equipment/development-of-permeation-test-method-for-zippers-and-other-closures" target="_blank">Download the complete report from the Foundation website</a>. </p>

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