To say that American National Standard for Conformity Assessment of Safety and Personal Protective Equipment, ANSI/ISEA 125-2014, is a consensus standard is an understatement. Literally hundreds of comments – 140 pages’ worth at one point – were discussed, incorporated into the standard or discarded (with an explanation).

The process, which took four years from initial discussion to approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), included stakeholders from industry, end users, EHS professionals and a host of others. The process wasn’t quick or easy, admits Dan Shipp, president of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and Cristine Fargo, ISEA’s director of member and technical services, but it was valuable.

“I always knew that it would happen (publication of the standard), but now that it has, it’s a great feeling,” said Shipp.