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Respirator maintenance program recommendations for the fire service.
Peterson JA; Merinar TR
J Int Soc Respir Prot 1997 Jan; :13-20
Proper inspection, maintenance and service procedures are an important part of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) program. These procedures have often been found to be deficient during NIOSH investigations and may adversely affect the performance of an SCBA, placing users at increased risk of injury or death. This document is intended to serve as an aid to the fire service in developing SCBA maintenance programs for individual fire departments. It is intended for all fire departments from the largest municipal department to the smallest volunteer department. This document should also be equally useful to non-fire service SCBA users such as emergency responders, municipal and utility workers, chemical, industrial, and confined space entry workers. The document presents the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1404 Standard for a Fire Department Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Program, 1989 Edition, and the American National Standard Practices for Respiratory Protection for the Fire Service Z88.5-1981 in a format that an SCBA maintenance or repair person can easily understand and from it develop his or her own written SCBA maintenance program.
Fire-fighting; Fire-fighting-equipment; Respirators; Fire-safety; Occupational-health
Issue of Publication
Respirators; Control Technology & Personal Protective Equipment
Journal of the International Society for Respiratory Protection
Page last reviewed: November 6, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division