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Stored Thermal Energy Test Method for Evaluation of Firefighter PPE - FY07

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Objective

  • This project will develop and validate a stored thermal energy test method to simulate low intensity exposures for evaluating ensemble propensity to prevent stored thermal energy burns.
Firefighter Ensemble, stored thermal energy burns, and fabric diagram

Applicable Standards

  • Delivery of new testing apparatus and software
  • NFPA 1971
  • ASTM F23

Key Partners

  • North Carolina State Univ.
  • NFPA
  • PPE manufacturers

Stakeholders

  • PPE manufacturers
  • Firefighters
  • ASTM
  • NFPA
  • IAFF
  • IAFC

Project Scope


  • Complete test apparatus software and hardware design and fabrication to develop, validate, and deliver a new test method for predicting stored thermal energy performance characteristics of structural firefighter protective ensembles

Milestones

  • Validated stored thermal energy testing protocol
  • Delivery of new testing apparatus and software
  • Delivery of new testing apparatus and software

Outputs

  • Final report
  • ASTM test method for stored thermal energy
  • Incorporation of this test method into NFPA 1971 standard for firefighter PPE in FY07 timeframe

Outcomes

  • Reduction in burns from dermal exposure for firefighters
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)