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ASTM F1823-97(2018)

Standard Guide for Water Rescue Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Standard Guide for Water Rescue Personal Flotation Device (PFD) F1823-97R18 ASTM|F1823-97R18|en-US Standard Guide for Water Rescue Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Standard new BOS Vol. 13.02 Committee F32
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Significance and Use

4.1 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.

4.2 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.

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


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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 13.02
Developed by Subcommittee: F32.01
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/F1823-97R18
ICS Code: 13.340.10