PPE CASE – Evaluation of Two Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Involved in a Near Miss in the Fire Service
Loudoun County Fire Department Request for two Scott® Safety Air-Pak® Model AP50 4.5 units
NPPTL Report Number TN-21374
NIOSH evaluated two SCBAs used by two fire fighters involved in a near miss. The SCBAs were not found to contribute to the near miss.
A qualified service technician must inspect, repair, test, clean, and replace damaged components of any SCBA involved in an incident before it may be returned to service.
This report provides a summary of NPPTL’s inspection and evaluation methods and findings for the two SCBAs that were being used by the Loudoun County Fire Department fire fighters during a near miss event. The SCBAs being used were the Scott® Safety Air-Pak® Model AP50 4.5, 45 minute, 4500 psi unit. The Loudoun County Fire Department was advised that NIOSH NPPTL would provide a written report of the investigation and any applicable test results.
Loudoun County Fire Department Request for two Scott® Safety Air-Pak® Model AP50 4.5 units [PDF – 6 MB]
NIOSH . PPE CASE: Evaluation of Two Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Involved in a Near Miss in the Fire Service. By Jay Tarley and Angie Andrews, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NPPTL, TN-21374.