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A Review of gaps and limitations in test methods for first responder protective clothing and equipment : a final report presented to National Personal Protection Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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    January 31, 2005
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    Executive summary -- I. Test methods and criterion for emergency responder protective clothing & equipment -- II. Thermal protective performance -- III. Chemical and biological protection -- IV. Heat stress and comfort -- V. In-use durability and service life -- VI. Models for predicting the performance of protective clothing -- VII. Summary of research needs for developing test methods and performance criteria -- Acknowledgement -- Appendix A: Summary of key test methods and requirements for evaluating firefighter protective clothing and equipment -- Appendix B: References.

    This report presents the results of a review aimed at identifying test methods for protective clothing for first responders, as well as identifying areas in which further research is required. It is intended to identify gaps and limitations in evaluation technology and to provide information on test methods research that can guide the development of new first responder protective ensembles.

    This project reviewed test methods specified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) comprehensive standards for structural firefighters, HAZMAT response, Emergency Medical Service (EMS), technical rescue operations, response to chemical/ biological terrorism incidents and standards for selection care and maintenance of firefighting protective ensembles. Key test methods and requirements for evaluating protective clothing and equipment in the performance categories of flame and heat protection, chemical protection, biological protection, physical hazard protection, and for testing and evaluating heat stress are referenced. In addition, this project surveyed documented research on test methods for firefighter and other emergency responders.

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