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 … 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

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