ISEA is the leading association for personal protective equipment and technologies that enable people to work in hazardous environments, and an ANSI accredited standards developing organization. The association works closely with manufacturers, test labs, subject matter experts, end-users and government agencies in the standards development process. ISEA members—leaders in safety equipment manufacturing, testing and application—are united in the goal of protecting workers worldwide.

 

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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

Public Review Comment Period Opens on Proposed New PPE Standard for Eye and Face Protection Against Biological Hazards

The Z87 Accredited Standards Committee, with ISEA serving as Secretariat, invites public comments in response to its proposed new standard ISEA Z87.62, Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices for Preventing Exposures Caused by Sprays or Spurts of Blood or Body Fluids. Each day, millions of workers in healthcare settings, clinical research and testing … 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

Public Review Comment Period Opens on Revised Standard for PPE Conformity Assessment; Consensus Panel Participation Opportunity Available

ISEA is seeking public comments in response to its proposed revision to ISEA 125, Conformity Assessment for Safety and Personal Protective Equipment.  First published in 2014, the standard describes three levels of conformity assessment approaches that can be used to demonstrate that specified requirements for safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) are fulfilled.  For each … 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 Seeking Consensus Body Participants in Review of Updated Standard on Safety and PPE Conformity Assessment

ISEA is soliciting interested parties as consensus body participants in the proposed revision of ANSI/ISEA 125-2014, Conformity Assessment for Safety and Personal Protective Equipment.  The document establishes a standardized process by which suppliers – including manufacturers, importers, assemblers, subcontractors, and distributors –  can provide evidence that products meet applicable performance standard.  Three conformity assessment approaches … 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

ISEA & dBase Media presents “Protecting Workers, Protecting Lives”

A work injury can cost from $540 to $26,000, according to the National Safety Council. For employers, think lost productivity, workers comp and liability insurance costs. For workers, think medical costs, inability to work, and a host of hassles and expenses that come with serious injuries. The value and importance of worker safety has never … 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

ISEA Seeking Consensus Panel Participants on Proposed Revision to PPE Conformity Assessment Standard

ISEA is soliciting interested parties as consensus body participants in the proposed revision of ANSI/ISEA 125, Conformity Assessment for Safety and Personal Protective Equipment. First published in 2014, this voluntary standard establishes criteria for levels of conformity assessment that can be applied to demonstrate claims of compliance with product performance standards.  Specific provisions are described … 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

ISEA Accepting Public Comments on Widely Accepted Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel for Workers

ISEA is seeking public comments in response to the proposed revision of ANSI/ISEA 107-2015, American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel.  First published in 1999, the widely-accepted standard, incorporated by reference in federal highway regulations, defines the material performance criteria, design requirements, class and type designations (based on material amounts and intended application, respectively), 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

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Opens Applications for Annual $2,500 Scholarship

We have watched the courage and tireless dedication of fellow health and safety workers during this time, and we want to encourage and foster that dedication in future industry heroes.

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

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
August 24 August 27 America/New_York QSSP-Advanced: Webinar & Hands-On Experience https://safetyequipment.org/event/qsspa-august2021-2/ Courtyard Milwaukee Airport ISEA Education stolson@safetyequipment.org
Monday, September 13, 2021
September 13 September 17 America/New_York QSSP Course (Virtual) https://safetyequipment.org/event/qssp-september2021/ Online ISEA Education stolson@safetyequipment.org
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October 25 October 29 America/New_York QSSP Course (Virtual) https://safetyequipment.org/event/qssp-october2021/ Online ISEA Education stolson@safetyequipment.org