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2022 ISEA Annual Meeting

November 14-16 | Arlington, VA

The association’s largest meeting, the ISEA Annual Meeting is the safety equipment industry’s premier forum for safety professionals interested in innovation, policy, and business intelligence information.

ISEA product groups and committees meet to accomplish the essential work of the association – developing standards, formulating policy positions, and planning for the future.

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ISEA Announces New President & CEO Cam Mackey

ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) concludes search for new chief executive with selection of Cam Mackey, effective June 1, 2022. (Arlington, Virginia – May 5, 2022) The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will have a new president and chief executive officer on June 1, 2022: Cam Mackey. Mackey brings years of executive leadership experience to … Read More

Workplace First Aid Kits Require Updates to Meet Industry Standard

ISEA Offering Free Webinar on May 12 to Learn About Vital Updates and How to Stay Compliant The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2021 American National Standard for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. This revision, the fifth since the standard was … Read More

N95 Manufacturers Weigh in on the Administration’s Intention to Distribute Source Control Masks for Children

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and its members, leading manufacturers of safety equipment and technologies, support the Administration’s desire to distribute source control masks for children. However, it is imperative for families to understand the intended use and performance attributes of distributed masks. We encourage the Administration to communicate clearly and plainly with parents, … Read More

American Safety Equipment Manufacturers Support Biden Administration Plan to Distribute NIOSH-approved N95 Respirators, Urge Stockpile Replenishment

As the Biden Administration prepares to make NIOSH-approved N95 respirators widely available to the American public, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and its members, leading manufacturers of safety equipment and technologies, support the Administration’s plan to source these respirators from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Getting these respirators into the hands of everyone in … Read More

N95 Respirators Are Best Choice for U.S. Public, and Manufacturers Are Ready to Supply Demand

PPE industry applauds the CDC’s updated guidelines, which recognize scientific findings that N95 respirators offer superior respiratory protection over non-regulated mask products.

ISEA Lays Out 2022 Worker Safety Priorities to OSHA

ISEA sent a letter to OSHA’s Douglas Parker detailing current and future challenges to worker safety and health and offered possible solutions.

ISEA Hires Safety Industry Expert, Electrical Engineer to Lead & Grow Standards Development Efforts

ISEA continues to strengthen its leadership team with the addition of Diana Jones as Senior Director of Technical Programs and Development. An electrical engineer, Jones has more than 20 years of leadership and technical experience in the electrical, fire, and life safety industry. Jones comes to ISEA after five years with the National Fire Protection … Read More

Stakeholders Invited to Contribute as Consensus Body Participants on PPE Standards Related to Hand Protection and Workplace First Aid Kits

ISEA is soliciting interested parties as consensus body participants in the proposed revision of two key standards for products used in promoting worker safety: ANSI/ISEA 105, Hand Protection Classification First published in 1999, the standard establishes performance classifications for gloves or glove materials for a wide variety of properties representative of potential workplace hazards for … Read More

PPE Industry Applauds Biden Administration’s Swift Action to Address Pandemic Preparedness

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the safety equipment industry is encouraged by the Biden Administration’s swift action to address pandemic preparedness and personal protection in Executive Orders signed on the President’s first day in office.  “We commend Biden’s immediate action to create a federal Coordinator of COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President to organize the … Read More

‘Beyond the Mask’ Video Spotlights Safety Equipment Industry’s COVID-19 Response

ISEA’s five-minute video shows how PPE industry stepped up to the pandemic’s unprecedented challenges As the COVID-19 pandemic exploded around the globe, the industry that makes medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) rapidly ramped up production of N95 respirators and a range of other vital gear in response to surging demand from healthcare workers and other … Read More

ISEA Submits Comments to International Trade Committee on COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges

On September 23, ISEA’s Director of Public Affairs Dan Glucksman appeared virtually before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to testify at a public hearing for investigation 332-580: COVID-19 Related Goods: The U.S. Industry, Market, Trade, and Supply Chain Challenges. On October 2, ISEA submitted written comments to provide additional information about PPE products, supply … Read More

High-Visibility Safety Apparel Standard Updated to Include Disposable Coveralls, Nighttime Luminance Measurement

ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 Addresses Design, Performance and Materials for HVSA PPE The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel, an update to the widely accepted standard on high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA). The fifth edition of this voluntary industry consensus standard, this 2020 update emphasizes configurations and design … Read More

OH&S Student Wins $2,500 Scholarship from ISEA

After an exhaustive review process, Charles Johnson, President of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), is proud to announce that Jordan Keelan, Occupational Safety and Health Management student at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, MI, is the winner of the 2020 Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship for $2,500.  Keelen is an active member of … Read More

ISEA Supports The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) supports legislation introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) aimed at helping employers working to combat the spread of COVID-19 with tax incentives for safety training.  “The COVID-19 global pandemic has devastated our economy and hurt Americans through no fault of their own,” Rep. Olson said in a press release. “I’m … Read More

Qualified Safety Sales Training Now Available Online

PPE Marketing & Sales Professionals Can Earn Dual Certification in One Week Safety equipment sales and marketing professionals are now able to complete vital industry training, earn an official professional designation and an OSHA 30 certification after one week of online education. The Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) Program, the industry’s premier training program for … Read More

Safety Equipment Manufacturers Call on Congress to Implement PPE Demand Signal to Better Prepare for Health Emergencies

“With a clear demand signal, manufacturers and distributors can meet the nation’s PPE needs for terrorism response, pandemics, large-scale industrial accidents and other federal activities in line with national emergency preparedness and response strategies.”  The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is urging Congress to implement a real-time government PPE demand forecasting system to provide a … Read More

PPE Industry Urges US Government to Provide National Stockpile Demand Signal

In response to a public request for information (RFI) about the US Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), ISEA and its members urged the SNS to provide a clear, aggregated demand signal to manufactures and distributors of personal protective equipment (PPE), to include a demand plan, supply plan, and reconciliation review. The US government issued the RFI … Read More

Global PPE Manufacturer Medicom Joins ISEA

June 4, 2020 (Arlington, VA) – The International Safety Equipment Association welcomes new member the Medicom Group, a global manufacturer and distributor of single-use preventive and infection-control personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical, dental, industrial, animal health, laboratory and health and wellness markets. Medicom joins ISEA as a general member in the Respiratory product … Read More

Safety Equipment Industry Applauds Executive Action to Restructure Strategic National Stockpile

“For more than a decade, ISEA and its members have urged Congress and SNS managers to take action in ensuring the United States is adequately prepared to respond to health safety threats.” – Charles Johnson, ISEA President The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) applauds President Trump and his administration for confirming plans to restructure and … Read More

Protection Level of Improvised Respiratory Devices is Unknown

As healthcare workers strive to protect themselves and others at a time when PPE is in high demand, ISEA has seen news reports of community groups and organizations around the world producing improvised (non-certified) breathing protection devices. It is important for healthcare workers to understand NIOSH-certified respiratory protective devices are made with filter media specially … Read More

ISEA Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force to Ensure Employee Safety Through the Pandemic

First nationwide safety task force will help employers prioritize worker safety in a post-pandemic world Arlington, VA (May 8, 2020) – The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has joined the National Safety Council (NSC) task force to support the SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns initiative – a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers … Read More

ISEA Advises US Dept of Labor on Appropriate Guidance for Re-Opening America

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) offered recommendations to the US Department of Labor (DOL) on issuing guidance regarding appropriate, clean and trusted personal protective equipment (PPE) as US employers begin to plan reopening workplaces. DOL is hosting a national dialogue, Opening America’s Workplaces Again, about the challenges that may be faced as businesses reopen … Read More

ISEA/VPPPA Encourage Donations of Surplus PPE for Healthcare Workers

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA) are requesting employers with sufficient inventory of PPE donate extra to local healthcare professionals experiencing shortages. In a letter that went to more than 10,000 VPPPA members, ISEA expressed gratitude for their ongoing efforts to support COVID-19 relief efforts, applauding employer … Read More

PPE Industry Fights Fraudulent, Unauthorized Respirators

Hospitals and healthcare facilities across the United States are facing shortages of NIOSH-approved N95 masks. As a result, manufacturers around the world have ramped up efforts to produce NIOSH-certified respirators, and the FDA has authorized importation and use of disposable respirators made in and regulated by China, including KN95 masks. These masks have similar performance … Read More

The PPE Industry Calls for Ethical Pricing, No Hoarding, and Open Borders

The coronavirus outbreak is a global pandemic that has caused unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) from the healthcare sector. PPE manufacturers have quickly ramped up production and are doing everything possible to add more capacity but still cannot satisfy the surge demand for this public health emergency. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) … Read More

ISEA Publishes ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Eye and Face Protection Standard Update

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has updated the American National Standard for eye and face protection. The enhanced standard reinforces the emphasis on matching the protector to the hazard and includes other enhancements responsive to the evolving needs for workers, particularly those engaged in specific tasks or applications.  ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2020, American National Standard for Occupational … Read More

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