NFPA 1858-2018 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services.
5.1 Selection and Purchase. 5.1.1* Prior to starting the selection process for life safety rope and equipment, the organization shall evaluate and deter- mine the level at which the organization shall train and respond to meet the requirements established by the AHJ. 5.1.2 The organization shall refer to its risk and hazard assess- ment of the response area to determine the types of incidents requiring life safety rope and equipment that could be encoun- tered, including but not limited to the following: (1)* Type of technical rescue incidents likely to occur in the response area (2) Type of technical rescue incidents to which the organiza- tion plans to respond (3) Frequency of each of these types of incidents (4) Level of operational capability that the organization intends to maintain for each type of technical rescue inci- dent一awareness, operational, technician 一in accord- ance with NFPA 1670 (5) Maximizing response capabilities through cooperation with other response organizations, departments, or agen- cies (6)* The organization’s established acceptable safety factors for technical rescue operations (7)* Geographic location and conditions 5.1.3* The organization shall refer to its risk and hazard assessment of the response area to determine the organiza- tion’s protocols for an emergency escape from an elevated loca- tion in accordance with NFPA 1500. 5.1.4* The organization shall ensure that elements under consideration are certifed as being compliant with the current edition of NFPA 1983, where applicable. 5.1.5 Based on the levels of operational capability established by the AHJ, the organization shall compile and evaluate infor- mation on the comparative advantages and disadvantages of the life safety rope and equipment under consideration. 5.1.6 The organization shall ensure that the life safety rope and equipment under consideration interface properly with other personal protective items in use within the organization.
5.1.11 Before placing new equipment into service, the organi‐ zation shall determine that all components are compatible and will function as intended with the technical rescue systems and escape systems on which the organization’s personnel are trained in accordance with NFPA 1006. 5.1.12 Procedures shall be established for returning unsatis‐ factory products or products that do not meet the organiza‐ tion’s specifications. 5.2 Life Safety Rope. The organization’s purchase specifica‐ tions shall consider its needs for performance or features in excess of the minimum requirements of NFPA 1983, such as those given in 5.2.1 through 5.2.12.
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