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NFPA 1992 Standard on Liquid Splash-Protective Ensembles and Clothing for Hazardous Materials Emergencies, 2018 edition

Consult NFPA 1992 for the optimal PPE protection for haz-mat emergencies, and outfit first responders for safety and mobility.  Updated for 2018, NFPA 1992: Standard on Liquid Splash-Protective Ensembles and Clothing for Hazardous Materials Emergencies provides requirements for protection for emergency responders to hazardous materials incidents where liquid or liquid splash threats are present or expected. This critical Standard specifies:  Minimum design, performance, certification, and documentation requirements Test methods for liquid splash-protective ensembles and liquid splash-protective clothing Additional optional criteria for chemical flash fire protection for escape only The 2018 edition introduces significant changes.  In a major change to scope, the Standard no longer states that NFPA 1992 protective clothing and ensembles are not designed for use with known or suspected carcinogens. Instead, this edition establishes NFPA 1992 as applying to any chemicals that are not gas or vapor-producing liquids at concentrations known to be toxic to the skin. In other changes:  The chemical challenges within NFPA 1992 are revised to represent more operationally relevant chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, as well as chemicals known to degrade materials, such as dimethylformamide and tetrachloroethylene. Revisions ensure test methods more closely match operational parameters, and added tests help users assess hand-glove insertion/reinsertion and defining a minimum field of vision. Footwear sole puncture resistance and toe impact/compression resistance requirements are replaced by compliance with the ASTM F2413 specification for protective footwear. Broadened footwear requirements offer more footwear choices for end users. Added criteria address separate hoods and elastomeric interface materials. Evaporative resistance is now an optional test for reporting the breathability of ensemble garment materials. The technical data package organization and content is standardized across the chemical protective clothing standards to provide enhanced clarity for the operator in order to make educated decisions. Look to the 2018 edition of NFPA 1992 for the latest definitions and technical updates. NFPA 1992 is adopted by the Department of Homeland Security. (Softbound, 64 pp., 2018).

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