StaffMay 8, 2020 Press Release

News Release

For Immediate Release


AATCC Hosts PPE Testing Webinar Series


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., USA, May 8, 2020 — As companies pivot to producing and testing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, there are lots of questions. AATCC created a series of webinars to answer 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% 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, 2020
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.


Diana Wyman is Executive Vice President of AATCC, a professional association and standards development organization for the global textile industry. Diana 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, 2020
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.


Erika Simmons is the Technical Director for AATCC. Erika is an experienced textile professional with more than fifteen years of standards development experience.  Erika received her BS Textile Engineering from NC State University and MBA from Wake Forest University.



About AATCC: Founded as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the Association continues to evolve to meet the needs of those in the ever-changing textile, apparel, and materials industries. AATCC has served textile professionals since 1921. Today, the Association provides test method development, quality control materials, education, and professional networking for a global audience.


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Media Contacts:


Kim Nicholson | Education Assistant

AATCC | Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals

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