NFPA 1999

Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations

This standard was developed to address protective garments, gloves, and facewear designed to protect persons providing emergency medical care against exposure to liquid-borne pathogens during emergency medical operations.

The 2013 edition is the fifth revision to this document and it continues to specify 25 wash/dry preconditioning cycles and a flame test for textile layers in multi-use garments, as well as the optional CBRN requirements. While the flame test is much less stringent than what is found in NFPA 1971, it is required to be run on each separable fabric layer in the garment.

Specific to footwear, this standard includes revisions to the abrasion test, slip resistance test, footwear upper materials testing, and cut resistance testing. New requirements for garments that were added in this edition include a breaking strength, shear strength, and cycle strength for hook and loop, and several breaking strength requirements for zippers.

Note: On April 7, 2015, NFPA Standards Council issued a TIA (tentative interim amendment) to address protective clothing ensembles. Basically this TIA replaces the THL test with a moisture vapor transmission rate test (MVTR) for single-use garment materials or composites; allows the substitution of footwear certified to other standards, and affects the shower test requirements for single-use garments. In conjunction with this TIA, the name of the standard has been changed to Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations.

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