ASTM E2952 - 14

    Standard Specification for Air-Purifying Respiratory Protective Smoke Escape Devices (RPED)

    Active Standard ASTM E2952 | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers 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.

    1.2 The purpose of this specification shall be to provide minimum requirements for respiratory protective escape devices that provide limited protection for 15 min for adult civilian escape from the by-products of fire, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, other toxic gases, and the effects of radiant heat.

    1.3 The requirements of this specification specify an air-purifying respiratory protective escape device with a laboratory-tested 15-min service life intended to provide head, eye, and respiratory protection from particulate matter, irritants, and toxic gases and vapors commonly produced by fire.

    1.4 Controlled laboratory tests that are used to determine compliance with the performance requirements of this specification shall not be deemed as establishing performance levels for all situations to which individuals can be exposed.

    1.5 This specification shall not apply to the requirements for provision, installation, or use of air-purifying respiratory protective smoke escape devices.

    1.6 This specification shall not apply to respiratory protective escape devices intended for use in circumstances in which an oxygen deficiency (oxygen less than 19.5 % by volume) exists or might exist.

    1.7 This specification is not intended to be used as a detailed manufacturing or purchase specification, but shall be permitted to be referenced as a minimum requirement in purchase specifications.

    1.8 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    NFPA Standard

    NFPA1981 Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for the Fire Service

    ISO Standards

    ISO9001 Quality Systems--Model for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation, and Servicing

    ISO9002 Quality Systems--Model for Quality Assurance in Production, Installation, and Servicing.

    ISO/IECGuide65 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems

    ASTM Standards

    B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus

    D1003 Test Method for Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics

    D4101 Specification for Polypropylene Injection and Extrusion Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.30 (Respiratory protective equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46182000(Respiratory protection)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2952

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