2023 NFPA 1986 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help keep law enforcement and tactical operations response personnel safe with NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations.

    NFPA 1986 is vital for anyone responsible for the safety of personnel engaged in law enforcement, tactical operations, confined space rescue, disaster response, or similar challenges. It specifies the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of new compressed breathing air open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and compressed breathing air combination open-circuit SCBA, including the supplied air respirators (SARs) that are also known as "combination SCBA/SARs." Requirements also cover the replacement parts, components, and accessories for these respirators.

    New for the 2023 edition of NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations:

    • The cold temperature exposure conditions language has been revised for consistency with NFPA 1987, Standard on Combination Unit Respirator Systems for Tactical and Technical Operations.
    • Various test methods, including chemical challenges, have been updated and clarified.
    • The defined terms breathing air cylinder and cylinder have been replaced with breathing air pressure vessel throughout the standard.

    Chapters also address the following:

    • Certification and recertification, manufacturers' quality assurance, safety alerts, and recall systems
    • Labeling and information
    • Design requirements, including optional HUD design requirements and optional Rapid Intervention Crew/Company Universal Air Connection (RIC UAC) design requirements
    • Performance requirements; airflow, environmental temperature, vibration resistance, corrosion resistance, etc.
    • Test methods
    • Annexes with explanatory material and a surrogate cylinder preparation procedure

    NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations, is essential for law enforcement and tactical operations, as well as equipment manufacturers, certifying authorities, purchasers, and authorities having jurisdiction.

    Help provide respiratory protection of emergency services personnel in law enforcement, tactical operations, confined space rescue, and other emergency response in atmospheres that are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) with NFPA 1986. (Print, 63 pp., 2023)

  • Table of Contents (2023 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1986 Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations, 2023 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 Programs
    4.6 Hazards Involving Compliant Product.
    4.7 Manufacturers' Investigations 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 Optional HUD Design Requirements.
    6.4 Optional Rapid Intervention Crew/Company Universal Air Connection (RIC UAC) Design Requirements.
    6.5 Power Source Design Requirements.
    6.6 Optional 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 Corrosion Resistance Performance.
    7.5 Particulate Resistance Performance.
    7.6 Facepiece Lens Abrasion Resistance Performance.
    7.7 Nonelectronic Communications Performance Requirements.
    7.8 Flame Resistance Performance.
    7.9 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Content Performance.
    7.10 EOSTI Alarm Recognition.
    7.11 Additional SCBA HUD Performance.
    7.12 RIC UAC Performance Requirements.
    7.13 Breathing Air Pressure Vessel Performance Requirements.
    7.14 Supplementary Voice Communications System Performance Requirements.
    7.15 Immersion Leakage Performance Requirements.
    7.16 Low Power Capacity.
    7.17 Emergency Breathing Safety System Cold Temperature Performance Requirements.
    7.18 Optional Toxic Industrial Chemical Permeation Resistance Performance Requirement.
    Chapter 8 Test Methods
    8.1 Airflow Performance Test.
    8.2 Environmental Temperature Tests.
    8.3 Vibration Test.
    8.4 Accelerated Corrosion Test.
    8.5 Particulate Test.
    8.6 Facepiece Lens Abrasion Test.
    8.7 Nonelectronic Communications Test.
    8.8 Flame Test.
    8.9 Facepiece Carbon Dioxide Content Test.
    8.10 EOSTI Recognition Test.
    8.11 HUD Wiring Connection Strength Test.
    8.12 HUD Low Power Source Alert Signal Test.
    8.13 HUD Visibility Tests.
    8.14 Light Test.
    8.15 HUD Disabling Glare Test.
    8.16 Breathing Air Pressure Vessel Refill Breathing Performance Test.
    8.17 RIC UAC System Fill Rate Test.
    8.18 Breathing Air Pressure Vessel and Valve Assembly Retention Test.
    8.19 Immersion Leakage Test.
    8.20 Breathing Air Pressure Vessel Connections and Accessibility Test.
    8.21 Supplementary Voice Communications System Performance Test.
    8.22 Low Power Capacity Test.
    8.23 Emergency Breathing Safety System (EBSS) Cold Temperature Performance Test.
    8.24 Optional Toxic Industrial Chemical Permeation Resistance Test.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Surrogate Breathing Air Pressure Vessel Preparation Procedure
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

    Choose, use, and maintain SCBA and SARs to help keep law enforcement and tactical operations response personnel safe with new NFPA 1986, Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations

    Vital for anyone responsible for the safety of personnel engaged in law enforcement, tactical operations, confined space rescue, disaster response, or similar challenges, NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations specifies the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of new compressed breathing air open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and compressed breathing air combination open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus, and supplied air respirators (SCBA/SARs). Requirements also cover the replacement parts, components, and accessories for these respirators.

    Detailed chapters address:

    • Certification and recertification, manufacturers' quality assurance, safety alerts, and recall systems
    • Labeling and information
    • Design requirements, including optional HUD design requirements and optional Rapid Intervention Crew/Company Universal Air Connection (RIC UAC) design requirements
    • Performance requirements; airflow, environmental temperature, vibration resistance, corrosion resistance, etc.
    • Test methods
    • Annexes with explanatory material and a Surrogate Cylinder Preparation Procedure

    This first-edition Standard is essential for law enforcement and tactical operations, as well as equipment manufacturers, certifying authorities, purchasers, and AHJs.

    Provide respiratory protection of emergency services personnel in law enforcement, tactical operations, confined space rescue, and other emergency response in atmospheres that are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) with NFPA 1986. (68 pp., 2017)

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