AATCC set to host PPE testing webinar series

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Diana Wyman


Erika Simmons

Posted May 12, 2020


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. –As companies pivot to producing and testing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, there are lots of questions.


As such, AATCC has created a series of webinars to answer those questions about AATCC test methods commonly used to evaluate PPE.


The first two webinars address test methods cited in AAMI PB70 for liquid barrier performance of protective apparel and drapes. Each webinar covers the fundamentals of testing, best practices and applications for PPE.


Each webinar in the series is offered at no cost to Individual and Corporate members of AATCC and at a 70 percent discount ($45) for nonmembers. Registration is available online via the AATCC website. Members must contact Kim Nicholson at least 24 hours in advance to receive the member registration code.


Join the live webinars to ask questions of AATCC staff or view the recordings at your convenience.


Impact Penetration Testing for Textiles Webinar
May 28 
2 p.m. EDT

Presented by Diana Wyman, AATCC executive vice president


Impact penetration testing measures the amount of liquid that passes through a fabric under specified conditions. It is a key test for Level 1, 2, and 3 gowns and drapes in healthcare settings. This webinar will cover testing for PPE as well as other water-resistant applications. It will compare various versions of the test, including AATCC TM42, NWSP 80.3, and ISO 18695. The webinar includes full descriptions and demonstration of apparatus, materials, and testing procedure.


Wyman is EVP of AATCC, a professional association and standards development organization for the global textile industry. She has been involved in all aspects of textile testing – from managing a contract lab to developing specifications for a retail brand. She has participated in the standards development process as both staff and volunteer for AATCC as well as textile-related committees of ASTM, IEC, IPC, and ISO. Diana holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Business Administration.


Hydrostatic Pressure Testing for Textiles Webinar
June 3

2 p.m. EDT
Presented by Erika Simmons, AATCC Technical Director


Hydrostatic pressure testing is required for Level 2 and 3 medical gowns and drapes. It is also commonly used for evaluating high-performance rainwear. Learn to properly perform and interpret this test for any application, including when and how to use a restraint. The webinar addresses all aspects of AATCC TM127 and TM208.


Simmons is an experienced textile professional with more than 15 years of standards development experience. She received her BS degree in Textile Engineering from N.C. State University and MBA from Wake Forest University.


Source: AATCC

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