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CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z16602:14 - Protective clothing for protection against chemicals - Classification, labelling and performance requirements (Adopted ISO 16602:2007, first edition, 2007-12-15, including amendment 1:2012, with Canadian deviations)

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  • 2014

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  • CSA
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Chemical agents are the main cause of occupational skin diseases and disorders. Chemical exposure can happen anywhere and no one industry is immune to it; from oil & gas, agriculture, automotive to even your own household, protection against potential health hazards in the workplace is a critical part of public safety. By selecting the correct type of protective clothing you can reduce your risk of exposure to potentially harmful chemical agents.

CSA Z16602 – Protective clothing for protection against chemicals was created with these challenges in mind. CSA Z16602 provides guidance for manufacturers about the minimum requirements for testing, categorizing and marking chemical protective clothing. CSA Z16602 also establishes minimum performance classification and labeling requirements for protective clothing designed to provide protection against chemicals. Items of protective clothing covered in the standard include totally encapsulating suits, liquid-tight / spray-tight suits, coveralls, jackets, trousers, aprons, smocks, hoods, sleeves and shoe & boot covers.

With its focus on protective clothing, CSA Z16602 does not address gloves, boots, eye/face protection devices or respiratory protective devices unless they are an integral part of the protective clothing. The standard also does not address protection against biological or thermal (hot / cold) hazards, ionizing radiation, radioactive contamination or specialized clothing used in hazardous chemical emergencies.

Highlights of CSA Z16602:

  • Provides chemical protective clothing manufacturers with minimum requirements for testing, classifying, and labeling chemical protective clothing
  • Includes descriptions of referenced test methods, guidelines for conducting hazard and risk assessments and suggested performance levels for certain applications

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