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NFPA 1989-2019

NFPA 1989 Standard on Breathing Air Quality for Emergency Services Respiratory Protection, 2019 edition

This standard shall specify the minimum requirements for breathing air quality for emergency services organizations that use atmosphere-supplying respirators for the respiratory protection of their personnel. This standard shall specify the requirements for the breathing air quality component of the respiratory protection program of any emergency services organization. For fire departments, this standard shall specify the requirements for the breathing air quality component of the respiratory protection program required by NFPA 1500. This standard shall not specify requirements for medicalgrade oxygen. This standard shall not specify requirements for air quality for any other applications. This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use this standard to establish safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use of this standard. This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns associated with the use of atmospheresupplying respirators and compliant breathing air supplies for the respiratory protection of their personnel. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use compliant breathing air supplies to establish safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with the use of this standard by testing facilities. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use this standard to conduct testing of breathing air and breathing air supply systems to establish safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to using this standard for any designing, manufacturing, and testing. Nothing herein shall restrict any jurisdiction or breathing air provider from exceeding these minimum requirements. The purpose of this standard shall be to establish minimum quality requirements for breathing air, including the sampling and testing methods for determining breathing air quality. The purpose of this standard shall also be to establish criteria for a safe supply of breathing air for emergency services personnel who use atmosphere-supplying respirators that provide life support during rescue; confined space operations; hazardous materials operations; technical rescue operations; fire fighting operations; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear radiation (CBRN) terrorism incident operations; and special operations where respiratory hazards can or do exist.

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