NFPA 1977: Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting

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2011 NFPA 1977
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 1977

The 2011 NFPA 1977 includes changes that improve performance of protective clothing and equipment, and help users understand the importance of the Standard.

NFPA 1977: Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting specifies the minimum product labeling, and instructions for the purchaser; design criteria; performance requirements; testing methods to determine pass or fail; and certification requirements for protective clothing, helmets, gloves, and footwear that are designed to protect fire fighters against adverse environmental effects during wildland fire fighting operations.

Only in the 2011 edition:

  • Double layering of wildland fire fighting PPE garments is limited to no more than 30% of surface area to allow the garment to breathe.
  • Added Annex material discusses radiant heat protection (RPP) vs. total heat loss (THL) as it pertains to heat stress injuries to fire fighters.
  • Modifications to standard sizing chart for garments include reasonable ''ease'' to accommodate a broader number of wildland fire fighters.
  • New requirements for protective driving gloves that are distinct from protective work gloves

Safeguard wildland fire fighters by making sure PPE is up-to-the task. Order the 2011 NFPA 1977 today. (Softbound, 67 pp., 2011)

NFPA® 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting 2011 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Units
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Certification
4.1 General
4.2 Certification Program
4.3 Inspection and Testing
4.4 Annual Verification of Product Compliance
4.5 Manufacturer's Quality Assurance Program
4.6 Hazards Involving Compliant Product
4.7 Manufacturer's Investigation of Complaints and Returns
4.8 Manufacturer's Safety Alert and Product Recall Systems
Chapter 5 Labeling and Information
5.1 Protective Garments
5.2 Protective Helmet
5.3 Protective Work Gloves
5.4 Protective Footwear
5.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud
5.6 Protective Goggles
5.7 Chain Saw Protectors
5.8 Protective Driving Gloves
5.9 Load-Carrying Equipment
Chapter 6 Design Requirements
6.1 Protective Garment Item Design Requirements
6.2 Protective Helmet Item Design Requirements
6.3 Protective Work Glove Item Design Requirements
6.4 Protective Footwear Item Design Requirements
6.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud Item Design Requirements
6.6 Protective Goggle Item Design Requirements
6.7 Chain Saw Protector Item Design Requirements
6.8 Protective Driving Glove Item Design Requirements
6.9 Load-Carrying Equipment Item Design Requirements
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Protective Garment Item Performance Requirements
7.2 Protective Helmet Item Performance Requirements
7.3 Protective Work Glove Item Performance Requirements
7.4 Protective Footwear Item Performance Requirements
7.5 Protective Face/Neck Shroud Item Performance Requirements
7.6 Protective Goggle Item Performance Requirements
7.7 Chain Saw Protector Item Performance Requirements
7.8 Protective Driving Gloves Item Performance Requirements
7.9 Load-Carrying Equipment Item Performance Requirements
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Preconditioning
8.2 Radiant Protective Performance (RPP) Test
8.3 Flame Resistance Test
8.4 Heat and Thermal Shrinkage Resistance Test
8.5 Total Heat Loss Test
8.6 Tear Resistance Test
8.7 Cleaning Shrinkage Resistance Test
8.8 Seam Breaking Strength Test
8.9 Thread Heat Resistance Test
8.10 Burst Strength Test
8.11 Top Impact Resistance Test (Force) After Radiant Conditioning
8.12 Helmet Physical Penetration Resistance Test After Radiant Conditioning
8.13 Helmet Antiglare Flammability Test
8.14 Flame Resistance Test for Protective Footwear
8.15 Suspension System Retention Test
8.16 Retroreflectivity Test
8.17 Retention System Test
8.18 Protective Footwear Abrasion Test
8.19 Goggle and Headlamp Clip Attachment Test
8.20 Protective Glove Flame Resistance Test
8.21 Conductive Heat Resistance Test
8.22 Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) Test
8.23 Cut Resistance Test
8.24 Puncture Resistance Test
8.25 Dexterity Test
8.26 Grip Test
8.27 Corrosion Resistance Test
8.28 Footwear Conductive Heat Resistance Test
8.29 Eyelet and Stud Post Attachment Test
8.30 Chain Saw Protector Cut Resistance Test
8.31 Label Durability and Legibility Test 1
8.32 Label Durability and Legibility Test 2
8.33 Slip Resistance Test
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References