NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations

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Medical first responders and receivers deserve the best protection against occupational risks. Update now to the new NFPA 1999.

NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations specifies minimum documentation, design, performance, testing, and certification requirements for new single-use and new multiple-use emergency medical operations protective clothing used by emergency medical responders prior to arrival at medical care facilities, and used by medical first receivers at medical care facilities during emergency medical operations.

Work with the 2013 edition and improve safety on the job with these changes:

  • New referenced publications
  • New definitions, including definitions for "gusset" and "tongue"
  • Revised table for initial certification and annual certification
  • Revised table on glove sizing
  • Addition of grip test and torque test for gloves
  • New requirements for testing work gloves
  • Revised permeation resistance test for EMS protective ensemble elements

(Softbound, 82 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations, 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 Annual Verification of Product Compliance
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 Product Labeling and Information
5.1 Product Label Requirements for Emergency Medical Protective Clothing Items
5.2 User Information
Chapter 6 Design Requirements
6.1 Emergency Medical Protective Garment Design Requirements
6.2 Emergency Medical Glove Design Requirements
6.3 Emergency Medical Eye and Face Protection Device Design Requirements
6.4 Emergency Medical Footwear Design Requirements
6.5 Multiple-Use Emergency Medical Helmet Design Requirements
6.6 Multiple-Use Emergency Medical [C]BRN Protective Ensemble Design Requirements
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Emergency Medical Garment Performance Requirements
7.2 Emergency Medical Glove Performance Requirements
7.3 Emergency Medical Eye and Face Protection Device Performance Requirements
7.4 Emergency Medical Footwear Performance Requirements
7.5 Multiple-Use Emergency Medical Helmet Performance Requirements
7.6 Multiple-Use Emergency Medical [C]BRN Protective Ensembles Performance Requirements
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Sample Preparation Procedures
8.2 Liquidtight Integrity Test One
8.3 Biopenetration Test One
8.4 Tensile Strength Test
8.5 Burst Strength Test
8.6 Puncture Propagation Tear Resistance Test
8.7 Tear Resistance Test One
8.8 Seam Breaking Strength Test
8.9 Liquidtight Integrity Test Two
8.10 Biopenetration Test Two
8.11 Ultimate Tensile Strength Test
8.12 Ultimate Elongation Test
8.13 Puncture Resistance Test One
8.14 Dexterity Test One
8.15 Protein Content Test
8.16 Visual Acuity/Fogging Resistance Test
8.17 Liquidtight Integrity Test Three
8.18 Cut Resistance Test
8.19 Abrasion Resistance Test One
8.20 Slip Resistance Test
8.21 Eyelet and Stud Post Attachment Test
8.22 Corrosion Resistance Test
8.23 Overall Liquid Integrity Test Four
8.24 Chemical Permeation Resistance Test
8.25 Abrasion Resistance Test Two
8.26 Dexterity Test Two
8.27 Grip Test
8.28 Glove Donning Test
8.29 Overall Liquid Integrity Test Three
8.30 Tactility Test
8.31 Water Absorption Resistance Test
8.32 Total Heat Loss Test
8.33 Label Durability and Legibility Test
8.34 Particle Inward Leakage Test
8.35 Overall Ensemble Liquid Penetration Test
8.36 Biopenetration Resistance Test Three
8.37 Retroreflectivity and Fluorescence Test Following Laundering
8.38 Tear Resistance Test Two
8.39 Flammability Test
8.40 Suspension System Retention Test
8.41 Retention System Test
8.42 Goggle and Headlamp Clip Attachment Test
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References