NFPA 1984: Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire Fighting Operations
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What is NFPA 1984?
NFPA 1984: Document Scope
1.1.1 This standard shall specify the minimum design, performance, testing, and certification requirements for respirators to provide protection from inhalation hazards for personnel conducting wildland fire fighting operations. 1.1.2 This standard shall specify respirator requirements only for use in non-IDLH(Immediate Dangerous to Life and Health) wildland environments during wildland fire fighting operations. 1.1.3 This standard shall not specify requirements for any accessories and enhancements that could be built into or attached to the certified wildland fire fighting respirator before or after purchase but that are not necessary for the wildland fire fighting respirator to meet the requirement of this standard. However, any accessories or enhancements built into, attached to, or sold with the wildland fire fighting respirator by the manufacturer for later attachment even though they are not necessary for the respirator to meet the requirements of this standard, shall be tested with the wildland fire fighting respirator and with those accessories and enhancements installed or attached, as specified in 4.3.12, 4.3.12.1, and 4.3.12.2, to assure that the performance and functions of the respirator are not reduced or otherwise negatively affected. 1.1.4 This standard shall not specify requirements for any other wildland fire fighting protective clothing and protective equipment. 1.1.5 This standard shall not specify requirements for any respirators for any other fire fighting operations, any technical rescue operation, any hazardous materials emergencies, or any CBRN incident operations. 1.1.6 Certification of respirators for wildland fire fighting operations to the requirements of this standard shall not preclude certification to additional appropriate standards where the respirator meets all the applicable requirements of each standard. 1.1.7 This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns associated with the use of compliant respirators. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use compliant respirators 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 respirators 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 provides comprehensive requirements for respiratory protection for wildland fire fighting personnel from inhalation hazards in non-IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health) wildland environments. Official document scope
What does NFPA 1984 address?
Criteria cover the certification of wildland fire-fighting respirators; the packaging, labeling, and user information required to be provided by the respirator manufacturer to the purchasers; design requirements; performance requirements; and the testing methods to verify the pass or fail of air purifying respirators (APR) and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR).Table Of Contents.
NFPA 1984, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
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ROP Meeting Notice
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ROP Ballot
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Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
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ROC Meeting Notice
ROC Meeting Notice
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Technical Correlating Committee, June 2-4, 2010, Portland, OR, Marriott Portland City Center, (503) 552-2209
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ROC Ballot
ROC Ballot
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Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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Association Technical Meeting
Consent document not presented at Association Technical Meeting. Document issuance: 12/14/2010
Archived revision information
NFPA 1984, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA)
Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA)
Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA document processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing Committee Projects. They have not gone through the entire codes and standards-making process of being published in a ROP and ROC for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the Document. A TIA automatically becomes a proposal of the proponent for the next edition of the Document, as such is then subject to all of the procedures of the codes and standards making process. TIAs are published in NFPA News , NFCSS, and any further distribution of the document after being issued by the Standards Council.

Requests for TIAs shall be clearly worded to provide the recommended revision and the reason as to why it is of an emergency nature requiring prompt action. Submissions shall be in writing, addressed to the Standards Council Secretary, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471. The submitter must also provide the appropriate endorsments in writing of two members of the applicable technical committee or technical correlating committee. For further information on submitting a TIA, please contact Codes and Standards Administration.

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