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ASTM F3352




ASTM F3352


Standard Specification for Isolation Gowns Intended for Use in Healthcare Facilities


This specification establishes minimum requirements for the performance and labeling of isolation gowns intended for use by healthcare workers to provide protection for standard and transmission-based precautions. The intended use of this specification is to ensure the performance properties of isolation gowns for the protection of the wearer. Four levels of barrier properties for isolation gowns are specified in ANSI/AAMI PB 70, and are included in this specification for reference purposes.

Significance and Use

This specification provides minimum requirements for isolation gowns used for protection of healthcare workers where the potential for exposure to blood, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials exists. This specification requires barrier testing based on the system of classifying gowns established in ANSI/AAMI PB70 and sets general safety requirements for isolation gowns based on biocompatibility. Performance requirements are established for important physical properties including tensile strength, tear resistance, and seam strength. Methods to be used for optional reporting of performance of linting resistance, evaporative resistance, water vapor transmission rate, abrasion resistance, and flex durability are provided.

While isolation gowns are classified for barrier performance as specified in ANSI/AAMI PB70, this specification establishes other design criteria, physical performance criteria, labeling, and documentation requirements for isolation gowns and their materials.

The below methods from ASTM F3352 are performed at SGS-IPS Testing:

  • ANSI/AAMI PB70, Liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities
  • AATCC 42, Water Resistance: Impact Penetration
  • AATCC 127, Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure
  • ASTM D5034, Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)
  • ASTM D5587, Tearing Strength of Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure
  • ASTM D5733, Tearing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure
  • ASTM D1683, Failure in Sewn Seams of Woven Apparel Fabrics
  • ISO 9073-10, Lint and other particles generation in the dry state
  • ASTM D 6701, Water Vapor Transmission Rate

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