From: NEAL LANGERMAN <neal**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] SCBA Flow Testing
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:36:26 -0700
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Brandon –


Use a vendor to test the SCBAs annually.  It is way too expensive to purchase the correct performance test apparatus.  Regardless of what other institutions are doing, you must have your units performance checked annually.





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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Brandon S. Chance
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:13 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] SCBA Flow Testing




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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