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ISEA Elects New Board of Trustees

Tom Votel, President & CEO of Ergodyne, Named Board Chair Tom Votel, president & CEO of Ergodyne, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), at the group’s annual meeting in Arlington, VA, November 15, 2021. Nate Kogler, vice president, products and engineering, Bradley Corporation, was elected vice … Read More

ISEA Recognizes Six Members of Congress with Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award

ISEA lauds bipartisan congressional effort that ensured respirator supply at height of pandemic (Arlington, VA – November 15, 2021) The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) presents the Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award each year to an individual whose efforts have advanced and promoted workplace safety and health. This year, however, the Association is presenting … Read More

ISEA President & CEO Charles Johnson Accepts New Position

Johnson Will Stay at ISEA Through 2021 to Assist with Transition October 28, 2021 (Arlington, VA) – Yesterday, Charles Johnson, president & CEO of the International Safety Equipment Association, submitted his resignation to the Board of Trustees. He is leaving ISEA to serve as President and CEO of The Aluminum Association, where he previously spent … Read More

High Visibility Experts Summit Safety Joins ISEA

October 25, 2021 (Arlington, VA) – The International Safety Equipment Association welcomes new member Summit Safety, an American manufacturer and distributor of safety equipment and supplies. Summit Safety joins ISEA as a general member in the High Visibility products group. “Summit Safety is a welcome addition to ISEA,” said ISEA President Charles Johnson. “With more … Read More

Head Protection Manufacturer STUDSON Joins ISEA

October 20, 2021 (Arlington, VA) – The International Safety Equipment Association welcomes new member STUDSON, Inc., an American manufacturer of head protection for the industrial trades. STUDSON joins ISEA as a general member in the Eye and Face Protection, Head Protection, and Hearing Protection product groups. “We are happy to have STUDSON at ISEA,” said … Read More

ISEA Applauds Biden Supply Chain Initiative

PPE Industry Supports Accelerated Goods Movement for PPE and Other COVID Response Supplies The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) applauds President Biden’s October 13 announcement that the Port of Los Angeles will join the Port of Long Beach in expanding its operations to a 24/7 schedule. The President also said major retailers and shippers would … Read More

Supply Chain Stakeholders Urge White House Task Force To Prioritize Medical Supplies Throughout Transportation System

Health Industry Distributors Association, Advanced Medical Technology Association, and International Safety Equipment Association send letter to Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture HIDA, AdvaMed, and ISEA are urging the White House Supply Chain Disruption Task Force to discuss solutions to transportation delays hampering the supply chain’s COVID-19 response. “It is critical that a process to … Read More

Eye Protection Committee Releases New Standard to Address Spray, Spurt of Biological Hazards

This new consensus standard represents the first industry effort to standardize eye and face protectors used in occupational settings where the presence of spray and spurt biological hazards poses a risk.

FDA Revokes Respirator EAUs, Protecting American Manufacturers and Workers

Yesterday, June 30, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is revoking the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for non-NIOSH-approved disposable respirators and the EUAs for decontamination and bioburden reduction systems. These devices will no longer be authorized for use by health care personnel in health care settings. This move comes after ISEA, … Read More

Public Review Period Opens on Popular Workplace First Aid Kit Standard

Consensus Participation Opportunity Available ISEA is now accepting public review comments in response to its proposed revision to ISEA Z308.1, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits.  First published in 1978, the proposed update builds upon the initial objective to standardize first aid kits to ensure that items needed to treat the most common types of … Read More

ISEA Premieres ‘Protecting Workers, Protecting Lives,’ a Docuseries about PPE

Nine-episode series features leading PPE suppliers and their mission to protect workers and lives Washington, D.C.– May 27, 2021— The leading safety equipment trade organization is premiering an engaging docuseries on the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry and the impact on protecting workers and lives. Protecting Workers, Protecting Lives puts a spotlight on the many … Read More

New Online Tool Demonstrates Safety Equipment Industry’s Nationwide Impact

International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Reveals Workers Protected, Jobs Created, Tax Revenue Generated by America’s $71.6 Billion Safety Equipment Industry (Arlington, VA – May 13, 2021) The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is launching an informative and user-friendly online tool May 13, 2021, offering an in-depth, state-by-state look into the number of workers protected by … 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

ISEA Recognizes Jeff Birkner of Moldex with Top Membership Honor

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) presented the Ryan-Willson Service Award of Excellence to Jeff Birnker, vice president of technical services at Moldex-Metric, a leading US manufacturer of hearing and respiratory protection in worker safety. The award was presented during the industry’s annual business meeting in Arlington, VA, November 15, 2021. The Ryan-Willson Award is … Read More