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Improved Criteria for Emergency Medical Protective Clothing - FY07

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Improved Criteria for Emergency Medical Protective Clothing - FY08

Objective

  • To provide the basis for and recommend appropriate design and performance criteria for "cleaning" gloves, single-use protective garments, and eye/face protection devices for emergency medical operations.
NFPA Cover showing PPE

Applicable Standards

  • NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
  • ASTM F23 Protective Clothing - Various standards

Key Partners

  • NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Medical Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • International Personnel Protection

Stakeholders

  • Emergency Responders
  • Manufacturers

Project Scope


  • Identify the specific hazards and use conditions related to EMS protective clothing.
  • Determine the performance properties needed.
  • Select and develop test methods.
  • Establish design and performance criteria for protective clothing items that ensure an appropriate level of protection.

Milestones

  • Establish design and performance criteria for protective clothing items that ensure an appropriate level of protection.
  • Communicate recommended test methods and criteria to the NFPA Technical Committee (TC) on Emergency Medical Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment and other industry stakeholders for use in proposed standards.

Outputs

  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 1)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx.5)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx.3)
  • Final report with technical data for use by:
    • NFPA 1999 TC to set performance criteria for the proposed 2008 revision
    • ASTM F23 to create or revise standards

Outcomes

  • Significant contributions to the 2008 Edition of NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)