2019 NFPA 1981 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Protect responders using SCBA by ensuring compliance with the updated edition of NFPA 1981.

    NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services establishes the minimum respiratory protection and functional requirements for SCBA used by emergency services personnel. Changes to the standard happen for a reason, and even "minor" revisions can mean the difference between life or death for first responders. Requirements apply to SCBA used during fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials, terrorist incident, and similar operations where responders may encounter:

    • Confined spaces
    • Unknown atmospheres
    • Atmospheres that are or could become immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)
    • Atmospheres that are or could become oxygen deficient

    Stay up to date and do your best to save lives on the line.

    In addition to numbering changes and the latest referenced documents, the 2019 edition includes:

    • An added definition of universal emergency breathing safety systems (UEBSS), and a corresponding update to Table 4.3.9, Test Series
    • A new requirement for pressure demand certification by NIOSH and a nonelectronic transmission system at a minimum for voice communications
    • A new requirement that allows using data logging software to report breathing rate
    • Updated requirements and figures for EBSS male and female fittings
    • A new strength of connection between the facepiece and second stage regulator performance requirement, along with an added associated test

    Make sure your jurisdiction follows the latest SCBA rules that safeguard personnel working in confined spaces or unknown, IDLH, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. (Print, 80 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, 2019 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 Inspections 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 Label Requirements.
    5.2 User Information.
    Chapter 6 Design Requirements
    6.1 General Design Requirements.
    6.2 End-of-Service-Time Indicator (EOSTI) Design Requirements.
    6.3 Heads-Up Display (HUD) Design Requirements.
    6.4 Rapid Intervention Crew/Company Universal Air Connection (RIC UAC) Design Requirements.
    6.5 Power Source Design Requirements.
    6.6 Emergency Breathing Safety System (EBSS) Design Requirements.
    6.7 Accessories Design Requirements.
    Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
    7.1 Airflow Performance.
    7.2 Environmental Temperature Performance.
    7.3 Vibration Resistance Performance.
    7.4 Fabric Flame Resistance Performance.
    7.5 Fabric Heat Resistance Performance.
    7.6 Thread Heat Resistance Performance.
    7.7 Corrosion Resistance Performance.
    7.8 Particulate Resistance Performance.
    7.9 Facepiece Lens Abrasion Resistance Performance.
    7.10 Nonelectronic Communications Performance Requirements.
    7.11 Heat and Flame Resistance Performance.
    7.12 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Content Performance.
    7.13 Additional SCBA EOSTI Performance.
    7.14 Additional SCBA HUD Performance.
    7.15 RIC UAC Performance Requirements.
    7.16 Breathing Air Cylinder Performance Requirements.
    7.17 Supplementary Voice Communications System Performance Requirements.
    7.18 Heat and Immersion Leakage Performance Requirements.
    7.19 Low Power Capacity.
    7.20 Emergency Breathing Safety System Cold Temperature Performance Requirements.
    7.21 Lens Radiant Heat Resistance Performance.
    7.22 Elevated Temperature Heat and Flame Resistance Performance.
    7.23 Strength of Interface Between Facepiece and Second Stage Regulator Performance.
    Chapter 8 Test Methods
    8.1 Airflow Performance Test.
    8.2 Environmental Temperature Tests.
    8.3 Vibration Test.
    8.4 Fabric Flame Tests.
    8.5 Fabric Heat Tests.
    8.6 Thread Heat Test.
    8.7 Accelerated Corrosion Test.
    8.8 Particulate Test.
    8.9 Facepiece Lens Abrasion Test.
    8.10 Nonelectronic Communications Test.
    8.11 Heat and Flame Test.
    8.12 Facepiece Carbon Dioxide Content Test.
    8.13 EOSTI Independent Activation Test.
    8.14 EOSTI Recognition Test.
    8.15 HUD Wiring Connection Strength Test.
    8.16 HUD Low Power Source Visual Alert Signal Test.
    8.17 HUD Visibility Test.
    8.18 HUD Obscuration Test.
    8.19 HUD Disabling Glare Test.
    8.20 Cylinder Refill Breathing Performance Test.
    8.21 RIC UAC System Fill Rate Test.
    8.22 Breathing Air Cylinder and Valve Assembly Retention Test.
    8.23 Cylinder Connections and Accessibility Test.
    8.24 Heat and Immersion Leakage Tests.
    8.25 Supplementary Voice Communications System Performance Test.
    8.26 Low Power Capacity Test.
    8.27 Emergency Breathing Safety System Cold Temperature Performance Test.
    8.28 Lens Radiant Heat Test.
    8.29 Elevated Temperature Heat and Flame Resistance Test.
    8.30 Strength of Interface Between Facepiece and Second Stage Regulator Test.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Surrogate Cylinder Preparation Procedure
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2013 Edition

    The 2013 edition of NFPA 1981 helps you ensure adequate protection for SCBA users!

    NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services establishes the minimum respiratory protection and functional requirements for SCBA used by emergency services personnel.

    The Standard applies to SCBA used during fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials, terrorist incident, and similar operations where responders may encounter:

    • Confined spaces
    • Atmospheres that are unknown
    • Atmospheres that are or could become Immediate Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH)
    • Atmospheres that are or could become oxygen deficient

    Significant changes in the 2013 NFPA 1981 include:

    • New performance and test requirements for Emergency Breathing Safety Systems (EBSS)
    • Addition of the Speech Transmission Index (STI) method for measuring speech intelligibility
    • New lens radiant heat resistance performance requirements and test method
    • New convection lens heat and flame resistance performance requirements and test method

    Get up-to-speed on SCBA rules that safeguard the lives of first responders. (Softbound, 67 pp., 2013)

     

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