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1.1 Scope. 1.1.1* This standard shall specify minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification for all Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) for emergency services personnel. 1.1.2 This standard shall specify the requirements for all new PASS, including but not limited to stand-alone PASS and integrated PASS. 1.1.3 This standard shall not specify requirements for any PASS manufactured to previous editions of this standard. 1.1.4* This standard shall not specify requirements for any accessories that could be attached to the certified product but that are not necessary for the certified product to meet the requirements of this standard. 1.1.5 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all the safety concerns associated with the use of compliant PASS. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use compliant PASS to establish safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. 1.1.6 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all 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 PASS 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. 1.1.7 Nothing herein is intended to restrict any jurisdiction or manufacturer from exceeding these minimum requirements.
This standard establishes requirements intended to ensure reliable performance of personal alert safety systems (PASS) that enable emergency responders to signal or help if they get lost, disoriented, trapped, injured, or run out of breathing air during emergency operations.
Provisions cover design, performance, testing, and certification of PASS that monitor an emergency responder's motion and automatically emit an audible signal to summon aid in the event the user becomes incapacitated or needs assistance. In addition to addressing corrosion, heat, flame, impact, and vibration resistance specific topics include criteria for mode selection and motion sensing, radio system tests, and signal frequency tests.
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