ASTM F1823 - 97(2012)

    Standard Guide for Water Rescue Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

    Active Standard ASTM F1823 | Developed by Subcommittee: F32.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    ASTM F1823

    Significance and Use

    This guide is applicable to all water rescue situations. The water situation, weather situation, and size of rescuer, will dictate what type of PFD to utilize.

    This guide will assist government agencies; state, local, or regional organizations; fire departments; rescue teams; and others who are responsible for purchasing and equipping personnel who respond to water emergencies.

    This guide establishes criteria that shall be considered in the performance, specification, purchase, and acceptance testing of a water rescue PFD.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the minimum performance and safety requirements of a water rescue lifejacket/PFD (Personal Flotation Device).

    1.2 In recognition of many broad and varied applications of such PFD's, many options are included.

    1.3 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.

    Code of Federal Regulations

    160.071 Immersion Suits


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.10 (Protective clothing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46161700(Rescue equipment and accessories)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1823-97R12

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