NFPA 1982: Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)

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New requirements for PASS in the 2013 NFPA 1982 improve responder safety. Stay up-to-date!

Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) make it possible for emergency responders to signal for help if they get lost, disoriented, trapped, injured, or run out of breathing air while operating at an emergency.

Provisions in NFPA 1982: Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems address labeling, design, performance, testing, and certification for PASS that monitor an emergency responder's motion and automatically emit an audible alarm if the responder becomes incapacitated -- allowing the PASS to be manually activated if assistance is needed.

The 2013 edition includes:

  • New referenced publications
  • New definitions related to signal alarms
  • Revised sections in Chapter 4 on inspection and testing of PASS devices
  • Revised design and performance requirements for PASS devices
  • New radio systems tests
  • Major Annex additions with more comprehensive explanatory material

Compliance with the 2013 edition of NFPA 1982 is essential for protecting the health and safety of emergency responders. (Softbound, 57 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1982 Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) 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 Certification
4.1 General
4.2 Certification Program
4.3 Inspection and Testing
4.4 Recertification
4.5 Manufacturers' 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 Labeling Requirements
5.2 User Information
Chapter 6 Design Requirements
6.1 General Design Requirements for PASS
6.2 Mode Selection Design Requirements for PASS
6.3 Motion Sensing Design Requirements for PASS
6.4 Signal Design Requirements for PASS
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Sound Pressure Levels
7.2 Electronic Temperature Stress
7.3 Corrosion Resistance
7.4 Immersion Leakage Resistance
7.5 Case Integrity
7.6 Intrinsic Safety
7.7 Shock Sensitivity
7.8 Impact and Vibration Resistance
7.9 Retention System
7.10 Water Drainage
7.11 Heat Resistance
7.12 Heat and Flame Resistance
7.13 Product Label Durability
7.14 Alarm Signal Muffle Test
7.15 Radio System Tests - Point-to-Point RF Attenuation Test.
7.16 Radio System Tests - Loss-of-Signal Alarm Test.
7.17 Radio System Tests - RF Interference Test
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Sample Preparation
8.2 Sound Pressure Level Tests
8.3 Electronic Temperature Stress Test
8.4 Corrosion Resistance Test
8.5 Heat and Immersion Leakage Test
8.6 Case Integrity Test
8.7 Shock Sensitivity Test
8.8 Impact Acceleration Resistance Test
8.9 Vibration Resistance Test
8.10 Retention System Test
8.11 Water Drainage Test
8.12 High Temperature Functionality Test
8.13 Heat and Flame Test
8.14 Signal Frequency Test
8.15 Signal Frequency Test.
8.16 Product Label Durability Test
8.17 Tumble-Vibration Test
8.18 PASS Alarm Signal Muffle Test
8.19 Radio System Tests for RF PASS - Point-to-Point RF Attenuation Test
8.20 Radio System Tests for Optional RF PASS - Loss-of-Signal Alarm Test.
8.21 Radio System Tests for RF PASS - RF Interference Test.
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Point-to-Point Attenuation Test for RF PASS
Annex C RF Interference Test for RF PASS
Annex D Informational References