Debra Baio

NFPA seeks comment to protect First Responders from Ebola virus

Blog Post created by Debra Baio Employee on Dec 22, 2014

NFPA 1999, 2013 editionNFPA is seeking public review and comment on a proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) on NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations, 2013 edition.  This TIA proposes to revise design and performance criteria of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and address the risk of exposure to the Ebola virus threat. 

The TIA follows work conducted by several organizations and federal agencies that recognized the need for a national PPE standard to protect emergency first responders against the Ebola Virus and other liquid-borne pathogens. The organizations include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, the Human and Health Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability.

This TIA can be reviewed on the Current & Prior Editions tab of the NFPA 1999 Document Information Page.

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the January 15, 2015 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

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