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How clean is "clean"? Regulations and standards for workplace clothing and personal protective equipment.
J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Feb; 52(2):190-6.JO

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To compile current regulations and advisory recommendations on cleanliness of worker clothing and personal protective equipment and to evaluate the adequacy of criteria for determining whether cleanliness has been achieved.

METHODS

Systematic review of information provided by federal agencies (eg, OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH), nongovernmental advisory bodies (eg, ACGIH, AIHA, and ANSI), and manufacturers of protective clothing and equipment.

RESULTS

We identified an array of terms describing "cleanliness" and the processes for achieving "cleanliness" that were almost never defined in regulations and recommendations. We also found a general lack of criteria for determining whether cleanliness and/or sterility have been achieved.

CONCLUSIONS

There is need to harmonize cleanliness-related terminology, establish best practices for equipment cleaning and sterilization, implement a signage systems to provide equipment-specific cleaning instructions, and adopt objective criteria for determining what is "clean."

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Fire Science and Professional Studies, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT 06510, USA. gsirianni@newhaven.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20134338

Citation

Sirianni, Greg, and Jonathan Borak. "How Clean Is "clean"? Regulations and Standards for Workplace Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 52, no. 2, 2010, pp. 190-6.
Sirianni G, Borak J. How clean is "clean"? Regulations and standards for workplace clothing and personal protective equipment. J Occup Environ Med. 2010;52(2):190-6.
Sirianni, G., & Borak, J. (2010). How clean is "clean"? Regulations and standards for workplace clothing and personal protective equipment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 52(2), 190-6. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181cc55e1
Sirianni G, Borak J. How Clean Is "clean"? Regulations and Standards for Workplace Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment. J Occup Environ Med. 2010;52(2):190-6. PubMed PMID: 20134338.
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