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 for:  qualification performance testing data collection and maintenance, periodic verification, substantiation of processes to maintain manufacturing quality and roles and responsibilities of suppliers, testing organizations, and certification organizations who participate in the conformity assessment process.

Consensus bodies represent the views of a balanced cross-section of stakeholder interest categories to include:

  • Producer – A manufacturer of the product covered by the standard or components thereof
  • User – An organization that uses, specifies or purchases the product covered by the standard
  • Government – An agency or department that has a regulatory or other interest in the product (government agencies that use the product fall under the User category)
  • General Interest – An organization that has a special interest in this standard due to safety, technical or other requirements or an individual expert with knowledge in the area(s) covered by the standard, but who neither produces nor uses products covered by the standard.

ISEA expects to initiate consensus balloting in October 2020.  Contact Cristine Fargo, ISEA’s vice president, operations and technical services for additional information.