NFPA 1983: Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services

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Protect responders -- insist on top-quality gear as specified by the 2012 edition of NFPA 1983.

Updated for today's challenges and current equipment, NFPA 1983: Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services specifies current minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of life safety rope and associated equipment used to support emergency services personnel and civilians during rescue, fire fighting, or other emergency operations, or during training evolutions.

Provisions address each individual piece of auxiliary equipment, including:

  • Life safety rope
  • Personal escape rope
  • Harnesses
  • Belts
  • Throwlines
  • Hardware

Where the manufacturer produces a "system" combining specified rope and equipment items, that combination is tested and certified as a system. Items of equipment not assembled as a system are certified individually.

The 2012 NFPA 1983 includes revised definitions and technical changes including:

  • A new label requirement for moderate elongation laid life saving rope
  • A new high-temperature test requirement for fire escape webbing and fire escape rope

Update to the latest NFPA 1983 and ensure responders are properly equipped for safe and successful emergency operations. (Softbound, Approx. 56 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 1983 Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services 2012 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 Publication
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections (Reserved)
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 Recertification
4.5 Manufacturer's Quality Assurance Program
4.6 Hazards Involving Compliant Product
4.7 Manufacturers' Investigation of Complaints and Returns
4.8 Manufacturers' Safety Alert and Product Recall Systems
Chapter 5 Labeling and Information
5.1 Product Label Requirements
5.2 User Information
Chapter 6 Design and Construction Requirements
6.1 Life Safety Rope
6.2 Escape Rope
6.3 Life Safety Harness
6.4 Belts
6.5 Auxiliary Equipment System Component
6.6 Throwline
6.7 Victim Extrication Devices
6.8 Litters
6.9 Escape Webbing
6.10 Fire Escape Webbing
6.11 Escape System
6.12 Fire Escape Rope
6.13 Manufacturer-Supplied Eye Termination
6.14 Moderate Elongation Laid Life Saving Rope
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Life Safety Rope Performance Requirements
7.2 Escape Rope Performance Requirements
7.3 Throwline Performance Requirements
7.4 Life Safety Harness Performance Requirements
7.5 Belt Performance Requirements
7.6 Auxiliary Equipment Performance Requirements
7.7 Victim Extrication Device Performance Requirements
7.8 Litter Performance Requirements
7.9 Escape Webbing Performance Requirements
7.10 Fire Escape Webbing Performance Requirements
7.11 Escape System Performance Requirements
7.12 Fire Escape Rope Performance Requirements
7.13 Manufacturer-Supplied Eye Termination
7.14 Moderate Elongation Laid Life Saving Rope Performance Requirements
7.15 Belay Device Performance Requirements
7.16 Escape Anchor Device Performance Requirements
7.17 Escape Descent Control Device Performance Requirements
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Sample Preparation Procedures
8.2 Rope Breaking and Elongation Test
8.3 Static Test
8.4 Drop Test
8.5 Carabiner and Snap-Link Tensile Test
8.6 Manner of Function Tensile Test
8.7 Breaking Strength Test
8.8 Corrosion Resistance Test
8.9 Floatability Test
8.10 Product Label Durability Test
8.11 Holding Test
8.12 Litter Strength Test
8.13 Payout Test
8.14 Escape Descent Control Device and Systems Drop Test
8.15 Elevated Temperature Rope Test
8.16 Flame Resistance Test
8.17 Heat Resistance Test
8.18 Thread Heat Resistance Test
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References