Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services
The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals).
What is NFPA 1981?
This standard establishes levels of respiratory protection and functional requirements for SCBA used by emergency services personnel.
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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.
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