Standards Are Vital to the Marketplace

Standards, whether government-mandated or voluntary, are vital to the safety equipment marketplace. ISEA is a leader in the development of consensus performance standards, and works closely with government agencies in preparation of government standards for design, use and approval of safety equipment.

ISEA is a recognized leader in the development of safety equipment standards.

Learn more about ISEA’s  standardization program, current safety equipment standards, and other standardization organizations and agencies.

For a more complete discussion of standards and the standardization process, go to ISEA Standards FAQ.

Get Involved in Standards Development

We want to hear from you! Participate in the development and revision of standards, through a consensus review process.

Standards Consensus and Public Review

Standards drafted by ISEA product groups become American National Standards through a consensus process that involves reviewers outside the association.

Reviewers submit comments and vote on approval of the standard; they are the final authority in determining whether a standard is submitted to ANSI for acceptance as an American National Standard.

ISEA maintains a list of reviewers, balanced by interest category, for each standard.  A reviewer may fall into one of four categories:

  • 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.

If you are interested in serving on a consensus panel for any ISEA-administered standards, contact Cristine Fargo for details.

Learn more about the standards process or view current standards available for review.

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