Standard: NFPA 1952

STANDARD ON SURFACE WATER OPERATIONS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

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Scope:

This standard shall specify the minimum design, performance, testing, and certification requirements for protective clothing and equipment items, including full body suits, helmets, gloves, footwear, and personal flotation devices designed to provide limited protection from physical, environmental, thermal, and certain common chemical and biological hazards for emergency services personnel during surface water operations.

This standard shall specify requirements for protective clothing and protective equipment used during operations in surface water, swift water, tidal water, surf, and ice. 

This standard shall not specify requirements for protective clothing and protective equipment for any offshore water operations or any dive operations. 

This standard shall not specify requirements for protective clothing and protective equipment for any other technical rescue operation, any fire-fighting operations, or any hazardous materials emergencies. 

This standard shall specify requirements for any accessories or enhancements built into, attached to, or sold with surface water operations protective clothing and equipment by the protective clothing and equipment manufacturer for later attachment, and shall be tested with the protective clothing and equipment with the accessories and enhancements installed or attached, as specified in 4.3.9.4, to assure the performance and functions of the surface water operations protective clothing and equipment. 

This standard shall not be construed as addressing all of the safety concerns associated with the use of compliant surface water operations protective clothing and equipment. It shall be the responsibility of the persons and organizations that use compliant surface water operations protective clothing and equipment to establish safety and health practices and to 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 establish safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use of this standard for designing, manufacturing, and testing.

Certification of surface water operations protective clothing and equipment to the requirements of this standard shall not preclude certification to additional appropriate standards where the protective clothing or equipment meets all the applicable requirements of each standard. 1.1.9 Nothing herein shall restrict any jurisdiction or manufacturer from exceeding these minimum requirements. 

Purpose.

The purpose of this standard shall be to establish minimum levels of protection for emergency services personnel assigned to or involved in surface water search and rescue operations or other surface water incident operations. 

Controlled laboratory tests used to determine compliance with the performance requirements of this standard shall not be deemed as establishing performance levels for all situations to which emergency services personnel might be exposed. 

This standard is not intended as a detailed manufacturing or purchase specification, but shall be permitted to be referenced in purchase specifications as minimum requirements.

Organization: National Fire Protection Association
Document Number: nfpa 1952
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Page Count: 63
Change Type: COMPLETE REVISION
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: YES
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: YES
Status: Active

Document History

Document # Change Type Update Date Revision Status
NFPA 1952 Change Type: STCH Update Date: 2010-01-01 Revision: 10 Status: INAC

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