Structural PPE Safety and Training
Chapter 12: Useful Life and Retirement of PPE
NFPA performance requirements are based on:
PPE less than 10 years old
New, unworn PPE
The protection PPE offers during its wear life
The protection PPE that has been properly cared for will offer during its wear life
Useful life is defined as:
The period of time that PPE, which has been properly cared for, can be expected to provide reasonable protection
The period of time that PPE, which has been properly cared for, can be expected to perform like new
As little as 3 years and as much as 10 years, dependent on your department’s replacement cycle
As little as 3 years and as much as 7 years, dependent on your manufacturer’s recommendations
The NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting requires mandatory retirement at what age?
Most performance properties can be tested by you in the field:
When should PPE be accessed to determine whether it has exceeded its useful life and must be retired?
Whenever your PPE reaches the manufacturer’s recommended retirement age
Whenever your PPE reaches its predicted wear life as determined by your department
Whenever you discover something that makes you question the condition of PPE and at each annual Advanced Inspection
Whenever your PPE reaches the NFPA 1851 mandatory retirement age
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