From: Brandon S. Chance <bchance**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] SCBA Flow Testing
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:13:04 +0000
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: CE8ECD61.25607%bchance**At_Symbol_Here**


I recently inherited our SCBA program and had a few questions.  While not mentioned in OSHA's respiratory protection program, NFPA does require flow-testing for all SCBA units.  Since NFPA and the manufacturer both require this, I am reasonably assuming that it then falls under the OSHA general duty clause.

I was just curious as to how many of my sister institutions are annually flow testing their SCBA units and if they purchased the equipment to do so in-house or use outside companies?  I am already using outside companies to hydrostatically test my cylinders to get them up to date and I am using the cascade system at our fire house to fill them.

We currently have Survivair Puma/Cougar units.

Thanks for your input.

Brandon S. Chance, M.S., CCHO

Program Manager, Chemical Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Princeton University

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Princeton, NJ 08540

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