NFPA 1855: Standard for Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents
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What is NFPA 1855?
NFPA 1855: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. 1.1.1 This standard shall specify the minimum selection, care, and maintenance requirements for utility technical rescue protective, rescue and recovery technical rescue, and chemicals, biological agents, and radiological particulate [also known as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) technical rescue] ensembles and the individual ensemble elements that include garments, helmets, gloves, footwear, and interface components that are compliant with NFPA 1951, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents. 1.1.2 This standard shall also specify requirements for USAR operation protective ensembles, ensemble elements, clothing, and equipment certified as compliant with the previous edition of NFPA 1951, Standard on Protective Ensemble for USAR Operations.

This standard helps reduce the safety risks and potential health risks associated with poorly maintained, contaminated, or damaged protective ensembles by specifying requirements to establish a program for the selection, care, and maintenance of utility technical rescue, rescue and recovery technical rescue, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) technical rescue protective ensembles and ensemble elements.

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What does NFPA 1855 address?

Criteria apply to selection, inspection, cleaning and decontamination, repair, storage, retirement, disposition, special incident procedures, verification, and test procedures of protective ensembles and the individual ensemble elements and interface components. These include garments, helmets, gloves, footwear, and interface components that are compliant with NFPA 1951: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents.

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