NFPA 1971

The standard discusses protections from bloodborne pathogens specifically in chapter seven. It specifies that garment, helmet shroud, glove body and footwear upper moisture barriers and moisture barrier seams shall be tested for resistance to liquid or bloodborne pathogens as specified in Section 8.28, Viral Penetration Resistance Test, and shall allow no penetration of the Phi-X-174 bacteriophage for at least 1 hour.

The Viral Penetration Resistance Test applies to garment moisture barrier materials and moisture barrier seams, shroud moisture barrier materials and moisture barrier seams, footwear moisture barrier materials and moisture barrier seams, bootie moisture barrier materials and moisture barrier seams where present, glove moisture barrier materials and moisture barrier seams, and the CBRN barrier layer in garments, gloves, and footwear.

The test specifies a minimum of three specimens be tested for each material type. All specimens are tested after being twice subjected to a variety of environmental and cleaning conditions. Viral penetration resistance testing is conducted in accordance with ASTM F 1671, Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X-174 Bacteriophage as a Test System.

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