The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is proposing to reaffirm two industry standards for gas and vapor monitoring equipment. ANSI/ISEA 102-1990 (R2009) American National Standard for Gas Detector Tube Units—Short Term Type for Toxic Gases and Vapors in Working Environments established the performance requirements for gas detector tube units and components, which detect flammable, combustible, oxygen depleting and toxic gases. Gas detection tube units are commonly used in refineries, hazardous waste sites and waste water treatment facilities.
ANSI/ISEA 104-1998 (R2009) American National Standard for Air Sampling Devices--Diffusive Type for Gases and Vapors in Working Environments provides manufacturers and end users with guidance concerning the tests to be used in evaluating samplers for various air sampling applications. These devices, sometimes referred to as passive or personal monitoring badges, are used to monitor employee exposure to organic vapors, including formaldehyde or ethylene oxide, and are used for a variety of workplaces such as fiberglass and painting, applications, pulp and paper processing and healthcare settings.
As part of the development process, standards prepared by ISEA product groups become American National Standards through a consensus process that involves reviewers outside the association. These reviewers submit comments and vote on the approval of the standard. They serve as the final authority in determining whether a standard is submitted to ANSI for acceptance as an American National Standard.