additional requirements for respirator selection respirator use and limitations

Additional requirements for respirator selection

This preview shows page 368 - 370 out of 455 pages.

additional requirements for respirator selection; respirator use and limitations; respirator inspection, cleaning, and decontamination; respirator training; fit testing; program evaluation; and respirator cartridge change out schedules. b. Roles and Responsibilities . The Respiratory Protection Program Manager (RPPM) having cognizance over the first responders will be assigned as the CBRN RPPM. At facilities where there is no RPPM, the Commanding Officer will assign, in writing, an RPPM to manage the CBRN Respirator Protection Program. Alternatively, these facilities may obtain RPPM services from another command via an interservice support agreement. RPPMs may have as many assistants as necessary to implement the respirator program. All of the prerequisite
Image of page 368
OPNAVINST 5100.23G 30 Dec 05 26-13 requirements for wearing respiratory protection, including medical evaluation, respirator selection, fit testing, and training, must be completed prior to responding to a CBNRE incident. c. CBRN-Specific Respiratory Protection Program Elements (1) Respirator Selection . Respirator selection for first responders is based on the same principles discussed in Section 1507.c. of this instruction and directed by the IC. Should it become necessary to respond to incidents involving CBRNE agents, the following respiratory protection will be worn. (See Section 2603 for descriptions of Levels A, B, and C protection). NOTE : SCBA operated in the “demand mode” and respirators receiving only NIOSH approval as pressure demand respirators shall not be worn for Level A or B protection. Also, there are currently no NIOSH CBRN agent approved combination airline/SCBA. All of these types of respirators do not provide adequate airflow for entering CBRNE immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) atmospheres and have not undergone permeation testing against vapor and liquid chemical agents. All SCBA purchased for first responders must be NIOSH CBRN approved. Once activities are fully equipped with NIOSH CBRN approved SCBA, then these respirators will be the only respirators allowed for use with Level A and Level B protective ensembles. During the interim period, NIOSH approved SCBA meeting the NFPA-1981 requirements may be worn with Level A and B protective ensembles under the circumstances described in the following two paragraphs. (a) Level A - NIOSH CBRN agent approved SCBA are the first choice of respiratory protection. Since SCBA will be worn under Level A encapsulating suits, NIOSH approved SCBA meeting the NFPA 1981 requirements (see glossary) may also be worn. SCBA air cylinder service life must be rated for 60 minutes. NIOSH CBRN-agent approved SCBA are listed on the following website: (b) Level B - SCBAs will be selected on a case-by-case basis depending on the presence of liquid chemical warfare agent(s) (CWA). When CWA is present then only NIOSH CBRN agent approved SCBA are permitted to be worn. If CWA agent is not present, then NIOSH CBRN agent approved SCBA are the first choice of SCBA, however, use of NIOSH approved SCBA meeting NFPA 1981 requirements is permissible.
Image of page 369
Image of page 370

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture