Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus



Protect responders using SCBA by ensuring compliance with the updated edition of NFPA 1981.

NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services establishes the minimum respiratory protection and functional requirements for SCBA used by emergency services personnel. Changes to the standard happen for a reason, and even "minor" revisions can mean the difference between life or death for first responders. Requirements apply to SCBA used during fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials, terrorist incident, and similar operations where responders may encounter:

Confined spaces
Unknown atmospheres
Atmospheres that are or could become immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)
Atmospheres that are or could become oxygen deficient
Stay up to date and do your best to save lives on the line.

In addition to numbering changes and the latest referenced documents, the 2019 edition includes:

An added definition of universal emergency breathing safety systems (UEBSS), and a corresponding update to Table 4.3.9, Test Series
A new requirement for pressure demand certification by NIOSH and a nonelectronic transmission system at a minimum for voice communications
A new requirement that allows using data logging software to report breathing rate
Updated requirements and figures for EBSS male and female fittings
A new strength of connection between the facepiece and second stage regulator performance requirement, along with an added associated test
Make sure your jurisdiction follows the latest SCBA rules that safeguard personnel working in confined spaces or unknown, IDLH, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. (Print, 80 pp., 2019)

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