NFPA 1855: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue

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Responder safety depends on well-maintained protective ensembles for technical rescue. Protect personnel with new NFPA 1855.

All-new NFPA 1855: Standard for Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents addresses the selection, care, and maintenance of protective ensembles for technical rescue -- such as utility technical rescue, rescue and recovery technical rescue, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) technical rescue.

The Standard also includes requirements for USAR operation protective ensembles, ensemble elements, clothing, and equipment certified as compliant with NFPA 1951: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents.

NFPA 1855 includes comprehensive chapters for ensemble:

  • Inspection
  • Cleaning and decontamination
  • Repair
  • Storage
  • Retirement, disposition, and special incident procedure
  • Verification
  • Test procedures

Reduce the safety risks and potential health risks associated with poorly maintained, contaminated, or damaged protective ensembles.

Compliance with the first edition of NFPA 1855 is essential for personnel safety and performance. (Softbound, 49 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1855 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents 2013 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 (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Program
4.1 General
4.2 Program Organization for Technical Rescue Protective Ensembles and Ensemble Elements
4.3 Records
4.4 Manufacturer's Instructions
4.5 Protecting the Public and Personnel from Contamination
4.6 Reporting Personal Protective Equipment Health and Safety Concerns
Chapter 5 Selection
5.1 General
5.2 Risk Assessments
5.3 Purchase
Chapter 6 Inspection
6.1 General
6.2 Routine Inspection
6.3 Advanced Inspection
6.4 Complete Barrier Inspection
Chapter 7 Cleaning and Decontamination
7.1 General
7.2 Routine Cleaning
7.3 Advanced Cleaning and Decontamination
7.4 Drying Procedures
Chapter 8 Repair
8.1 Requirements for All Ensembles and Ensemble Elements
8.2 Basic and Advanced Garment Element Repair
8.3 Additional Requirements for Basic Garment Element Repair
8.4 Additional Requirements for Advanced Garment Element Repair
8.5 Helmet Element Repair
8.6 Glove Element Repair
8.7 Footwear Element Repair
8.8 Goggle Element Repair
8.9 Hood Interface Component Repair
8.10 Additional Requirements for CBRN Technical Rescue Protective Ensembles
Chapter 9 Storage
9.1 All Ensembles and Ensemble Elements
Chapter 10 Retirement, Disposition, and Special Incident Procedure
10.1 Retirement
10.2 Disposition of Retired Elements
10.3 Special Incident Procedure
Chapter 11 Verification
11.1 General
11.2 Verification Program
11.3 Inspection and Testing
11.4 Organization or ISP Quality Management Program
Chapter 12 Test Procedures
12.1 Water Penetration Barrier Evaluation
12.2 Footwear Water Resistance Evaluation
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References