Performance specifications and industry best practices will also be discussed to help provide a better understanding of what the test result numbers mean and how to apply realistic expectations and requirements.
Louann Spirito, SGS, Consumer Testing Services Louann Spirito is Director of Technical Support, Softlines at SGS, Consumer Testing Louann_Spirito_photoServices where she develops testing programs, performance specifications and provides regulatory testing guidance to global US clients.
Louann started her career with US Testing Company as laboratory supervisor and thereafter, she worked in Quality Assurance for AMC, Calvin Klein, and Frederick Atkins. She has a BS in Textile Science from University of Rhode Island and over 20 years experience in the Textile and Apparel industries.
Louann is an active member of AATCC and ASTM and sits on several technical committees in these associations. She has served as Secretary of the ASTM D13 Executive Subcommittee and participated in the Executive Research Committee of AATCC. She is also an active member of the Product Safety Committee of AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) and has been closely involved with CPSIA and chairs the SGS Global Competency Support Center.
Louann is a frequent presenter at industry seminars and conducts training workshops for apparel and footwear testing. She has contributed a chapter on Textile Testing to Birnbaum’s Global Guide to Material Sourcing by David Birnbaum, as well as various articles on textiles and testing.