Specifications and Approvals of Gar-Dur® UHMW Plastic

We're often asked which Federal and Military specifications and approvals apply to Gar-Dur® Plastic. The following is a brief listing.

ASTM: D-4020-96
D-4020-01
D-4020-05a and the current standard specification for UHMW Polyethylene, D-4020-11
FDA: GAR-DUR® is in compliance with FDA regulations as listed in Federal Register under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic act of 1958, as amended for food contact use provided it is used unmodified and in accordance with good manufacturing practices.
FEDERAL: L-P-390C: Plastic, molding and extrusion material, polyethylene and Copolymers (low, medium and high density).
ISO:
ISO 11542-1:2001 PLASTICS: Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (PE-UHMW)moulding and extrusion materials. Designation system and basis for specifications.
ISO 11542-2:1999 PLASTICS: Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (PE-UHMW)moulding and extrusion materials. Preparation of test specimens and determination of properties.
MILITARY:
MIL-P-23536: Plastic sheets, virgin and borated polyethylene.
MIL-P-21922: Plastic rods and tubes polyethylene
MIS-31836: Missile Command Specification for UHMW
NSF: Gar-Dur® is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation. To obtain NSF approval, a manufacturer must submit a unit which contains Gar-Dur® Plastic (e.g. a component in a refrigerator or drinking fountain).
OSHA: Gar-Dur® is not considered hazardous as defined by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200.
UL: There is not current listing for Gar-Dur®, however previous UL-94 testing resulted in a V-2 rating for unmodified Gar-Dur® and a V-0 rating with sufficient flame retardant additives.
USDA: Gar-Dur® has USDA approval for meat and poultry in food handling applications
NIST: NIST Standard RM 8456 re: Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene


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