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NFPA 1981 and 1982 Update

A Message from Scott Safety:

As the leading manufacturer of SCBA in the North American fire services market, Scott Safety strives to keep our valued customers informed of upcoming regulatory standard changes.  There are two such standards quickly nearing completion that will affect self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA):

NFPA 1981Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services

NFPA 1982 Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)

The information below provides a current snapshot of the schedule and timeline for implementation of the standards:

Current Schedule

  • The standards will be marked as 2018 edition
  • The 2018 revision cycle is confirmed for fall 2017
  • The issuance date is tentatively scheduled for November 2017
  • The effective date is tentatively scheduled for December 2017
  • The tentative last ship date for 2013 edition SCBA would be 12 months from the issuance date

There are significant areas of focus that the standards committee has reviewed as part of the development process, some of which may have an impact on SCBA manufacturers as it relates to the design and operation of the SCBA.

Summary of Proposed Changes 

NFPA 1981:

  • Second Stage Regular Retention & Removal
    • Incorporate a strength of interface test between the facepiece and second stage regulator to ensure that the second stage regulator will not inadvertently pull out of the facepiece lens
    • If the SCBA incorporates a removable regulator, two distinct actions for disconnection shall be required prior to removal of the regulator (i.e. pull latch and rotate regulator)
  • *Pneumatic Data Logging
    • Incorporate data logging of air pressure at prescribed time intervals
    • Incorporate data logging of pressure milestones (i.e. 100%, 75%, 50%, 33%)
    • Incorporate data logging of breathing rate at prescribed time intervals
  • Universal EBSS Fitting
    • Incorporate a standardized EBSS fitting that would be universal between SCBA manufacturers

*There would not be a requirement to display this information on the SCBA

NFPA 1982:

  • New Universal PASS Tone
    • Incorporate a new universal PASS tone to improve audible detection by the human ear
      • In December 2016, a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) was issued requiring all manufacturers of PASS devices to change the alarm tone as required in the NFPA 1982, 2013 Edition standard for PASS devices manufactured on December 21, 2016
      • The new universal PASS alarm tone will be incorporated into the NFPA 1982, 2018 edition standard
    • Transmitting RF PASS
      • Incorporate two new tests to the RF PASS section to improve reliability
>>View a presentation on the NFPA 1981 and NFPA 1982 updates 

A second draft meeting was held during the week of December 6-8 for NFPA 1982, followed by a second draft meeting for NFPA 1981 during the week of January 17-18.  During these meetings, all previously submitted public comments were reviewed and a draft report for each standard edition will be posted for public viewing later this summer, estimated to be August 2017.

NOTE: All Technical Committee meetings are open to the public.  For more information on committee activities and other information related to a particular standard, please visit the “doc info” pages at www.nfpa.org/abouthtecodes, and select the appropriate standard from the list of NFPA codes and standards.

As the Second Draft Report is posted and we begin to move closer to the issuance date for the final 2018 edition of the NFPA 1981 and NFPA 1982 standards, we will keep you informed.

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