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A new clothing standard, which will include benchmarks for personal protection equipment, has been established with the intention of bringing about the harmonisation of safety equipment worldwide for those working near dangerous chemicals.

The ANSI/ISEA 103-200x standard has been set in place by the The International Safety Equipment Association (Isea), which is keen to emulate the standards established by the international ISO and European CEN standards around the world, Bharat Textile reports.

Janice Comer Bradley, technical director for Isea, said: 'This standard will fill a gap that has existed since OSHA issued its regulations for personal protective equipment in 1994.'

She added that the OHSA standards only covered PPE equipment for eye and face protection, not protection from chemicals.

The design of PPE equipment in the US will have to adapt to the new rules, which may lead to the manufacture of garments that can be made available in Europe as these would comply with CEN regulations.

CEN, or the European committee for standardisation, was formed in 1961 by EEC and Efta communities, the organisation's website states.

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