Development and Validation of PPE Laboratory
Preconditioning Techniques for Testing Barrier Materials - FY09
To provide the standards organizations with the appropriate preconditioning methods, so ensembles will be evaluated using more realistic and consistent methods that are closer to the real world needs and experiences of first responders
NFPA Protective Clothing Standards – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1971, and 1951
Various ASTM Test Methods under F23 Protective Clothing and D13 Textiles
Various preconditioning methods of the American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists (AATCC)
International Personnel Standards
Management of the review, analysis, and inter-laboratory validation of ensemble preconditioning techniques that are applied to ensemble materials for barrier testing.
Development of more realistic preconditioning procedures will result in garment designs and materials that provide long term durability while preventing unnecessary stress to the wearer.
Q1 Project Test Plan external review form with questions and list of external review candidates developed by Project Officer and submitted to ADS.
Q1 Field studies on in-service structural fire fighting and hazmat response protective ensembles with Las Vegas FD, Fort Worth FD, and FDNY.
Q2-3 Delivery of Final Report to NPPTL and validated laboratory preconditioning techniques in support of NFPA Technical Committees for standards applications.
Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 1)
Presentations to stakeholders or conferences
Standards committee meetings & public meetings
Final report with recommended preconditioning techniques for use by the NFPA Technical Committees and ASTM F23 and D13.
Revisions or updates to all applicable NFPA Standards and ASTM Test Methods.
Possible new ASTM practice for conditioning materials.