This standard specifies the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of air-purifying respiratory protective smoke escape devices for the immediate emergency evacuation without entry/re-entry of adult civilians. The requirements of this standard specify an air-purifying respiratory protective escape device with a laboratory-tested 15-minute service life intended to provide head, eye and respiratory protection from particulate matter, irritants and toxic gases and vapors commonly produced by fire. This standard shall not apply to the requirements for provision, installation, or use of air-purifying respiratory protective smoke escape devices. This standard shall not apply to respiratory protective smoke escape devices that are designed for use in circumstances where an oxygen deficiency (oxygen less than 19.5 percent by volume) exists or might exist.
The purpose of this standard shall be to provide minimum requirements for respiratory protective escape devices that provide limited protection for 15 minutes for adult civilian escape from the byproducts of fire, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, other toxic gases, and the effects of radiant heat. This standard provides design guidance in the form of a detailed set of performance requirements and testing procedures for manufacturers of hooded air-purifying respiratory protective smoke escape devices (ARPED or RPED). Such devices are intended to be used by persons escaping from fire-generated products of combustion. RPEDs provide head, eye, and respiratory protection from particulate matter, eye irritants, carbon monoxide, and other toxic gases commonly produced by fire.
Keywordsair-purifying, escape device, respiratory protection
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Ballot Item Approved as E2952-2014 and Pending Publication