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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

  • Q1 Publication of NFPA 1999-2008 edition.
  • Q2 Completion of final report
  • Q2 Submission of manuscripts for publication
  • Q3 Presentation at AIHce

Outputs

  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 2)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx. 5)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx. 4)
  • Final report with technical data

Outcomes

  • Significant contributions to the 2008 Edition of NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)