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NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations
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What is NFPA 1999?
NFPA 1999: Document Scope
1.1.1* This standard shall specify the minimum documentation, design, performance, testing, and certification requirements for new single-use and new multiple-use emergency medical protective clothing, including garments, gloves, footwear, and face protection devices, used by fire and emergency services personnel during emergency medical operations. 1.1.2* This standard shall not be interpreted as providing criteria for protection from radiological agents, from hazardous chemicals, from flammable or explosive atmospheres, or from thermal hazards associated with fire fighting. 1.1.3* This standard shall not be interpreted as providing criteria for protection from blood and body fluid-borne pathogens that are airborne. 1.1.4 This standard shall not be interpreted as providing criteria for respiratory protection. 1.1.5 This standard shall not be interpreted as providing criteria for protection from chemical and biological terrorism agents. 1.1.6 Certification of emergency medical garments, emergency medical examination gloves, emergency medical work gloves, emergency medical footwear, emergency medical footwear covers, or emergency medical face protection devices, or cleaning gloves to the requirements of this standard shall not preclude certification to additional appropriate standards where the garments, gloves, footwear, or face protection devices meet all applicable requirements of each standard. 1.1.7 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use this standard to establish safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use of this standard. 1.1.8 Nothing herein shall restrict any jurisdiction or manufacturer from exceeding these minimum requirements.

This standard specifies requirements for EMS protective clothing to protect personnel performing patient care during emergency medical operations from contact with blood and body fluid-borne pathogens. It also includes additional requirements that provide limited protection from specified CBRN terrorism agents.

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What does NFPA 1999 address?

Provisions apply to the design, performance, testing, documentation, and certification of new emergency medical protective ensembles and ensemble elements, including garments, gloves, helmets, facemasks, and footwear, and also to ensembles for additional CBRN protection from specified biological and radiological terrorism agents in liquid-splash and particulate environments.

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