ISEA, the International Safety Equipment Association, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards regarding the protection of workers from hazards and the mitigation of the effects of accidental exposure. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., United States, ISEA is a recognized leader both within the United States and around the world. With over 60 member companies and the adoption of ISEA standards by Congress and national safety agencies, ISEA standards are prevalent. ISEA also serves as the administrator for the U.S. TAG (United States Technical Advisory Group) to ISO/TC 224 (International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee).
ISEA has many standards that are applicable to construction safety, such as high visibility safety apparel, protective headwear, emergency eyewash and shower equipment, respiratory protective devices, personal eye and face protection devices and more. These standards are also widely used in industrial settings, hospitals, laboratories, and factories. You can find the full selection of ISEA standards below.
ISEA began publishing a newsletter in 2000 called Protection Update. The main purpose of this newsletter is to build awareness of the importance of safety equipment. ISEA has one specific column in Protection Update called 'Safety Equipment Works for You' which contains real-life tales about people whose lives were saved or who avoided severe injuries by using different types of safety equipment. One specific story, written by Kevin Burgess, describes a situation in which an hard hat certified to ANSI Z89-1 saved his life. He told a story about how he was working on a boiler, on the first floor, when someone on the fifth floor dropped a 25-pound, eight-foot tube shield that struck him on top of his head, directly in the center of his hard hat. He was knocked unconscious for close to ten minutes. He mentioned that he would have died if he was not wearing that specific hard hat. You can check out Kevin’s story along with many similar stories. You can also check out other versions of Protection Update.