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Development and Validation of PPE Laboratory

Preconditioning Techniques for Testing Barrier Materials - FY09

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Current Information can be found at: Development and Validation of PPE Laboratory Preconditioning Techniques for Testing Barrier Materials FY10


  • 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
Testing equipment- washing machine, oven, and fabric abrasion device

Applicable Standards

  • 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)

Key Partners

  • International Personnel Standards
  • ASTM International
  • NFPA


  • Emergency Responders
  • Manufacturers
  • Test Laboratories

Project Scope

  • 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.
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