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Improved Criteria for Emergency Medical Protective Clothing - FY09

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

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.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1999 Cover with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Photos

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
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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 Post Science Blog on project results
  • Q2 Submit paper/manuscript for publication to JEMS and EMS Magazine or Firehouse
  • Q2 Presentation at the Fire PPE Symposium in Charlotte, NC
  • Q4 Research number of certified elements and components to the 2008 Edition of NFPA 1999

Outputs

  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 0)
  • Presentations at conferences (approx. 2)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx. 8)
  • Final report with technical data

Outcomes

  • Significant contributions to the 2008 Edition of NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
  • New NPFA compliant products available to end-users
Page last updated: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory