NFPA 1981: Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services
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What is NFPA 1981?
NFPA 1981: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. 1.1.1* This standard shall specify 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) and for the replacement parts, components, and accessories for these respirators. 1.1.2 This standard shall also specify the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of replacement parts, components, and add-on accessories for SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs certified as compliant to specific earlier editions of this standard. 1.1.3 This standard shall not specify requirements for other types of SCBA. 1.1.4* This standard shall not specify requirements for any accessories that could be attached to the certified product that are not certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 1.1.5 This standard shall not establish criteria for SCBA for water or underwater operations. 1.1.6 This standard shall not establish criteria for protection from ionizing radiation. 1.1.7 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns associated with the use of compliant SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use compliant SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs to establish safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. 1.1.8 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with the use of this standard by testing facilities. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use this standard to conduct testing of SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs to establish safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to using this standard for any designing, manufacturing, and testing. 1.1.9 Nothing herein shall restrict any jurisdiction or manufacturer from exceeding these minimum requirements.
This standard establishes levels of respiratory protection and functional requirements for SCBA used by emergency services personnel. Official document scope
What does NFPA 1981 address?
Requirements cover certification, labeling, design requirements, performance requirements, and test methods and apply to all open-circuit SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs used during fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials, terrorist incidents, 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), or atmospheres that are or could become oxygen deficient. Table of Contents

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