NFPA 1983-2001 Standard for Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System Components.
1.3.14 Corrosion. A condition exhibiting any signs of deteri- oration, including pitting or loss of metal. 1.3.15 Descent Control Device. An auxiliary equipment sys- tem component; a friction or mechanical device utilized with rope to control descent. 1.3.16* Design Load. The load for which a given piece of equipment or manufactured system was engineered for under normal static conditions. 1.3.17 Diameter (Rope). The length of a straight line through the center of the rope as calculated in 5.1.5, 5.1.6, and 5.2.3 of this standard. 1.3.18 Escape. Immediate self-rescue of a single fire or emer- gency services person from a life threatening emergency situ- ation, generally above ground, using system components or manufactured systems designed for self-rescue escape. 1.3.19 Escape Belt. See, Escape Belt. 1.3.20 Escape Descent Control Device. An auxiliary equip- ment system component; a friction or mechanical device uti- lized with escape rope to control descent. 1.3.21 Escape Rope. See 1.3.46, Rope. 1.3.22 Elongation. The increase in length, expressed in a per- cent of the original gauge length, that occurs in a sample of new rope when tested as specified herein. 1.3.23* Fall Factor. A measure of fall severity calculated by dividing the distance fallen by the length of rope used to arrest the fall. (See Figure A.1.1.4.) 1.3.24 Follow-Up Program. The sampling, inspections, tests, or other measures conducted by the certification organization on a periodic basis to determine the continued compliance of labeled and listed products that are being produced by the manufacturer to the requirements of this standard.
1.3.36 Load-Bearing Connector. An auxiliary equipment sys- tem component; a device used to join other system compo- nents including but not limited to carabiners, rings, rapid links, and snap-links. 1.3.37 Manufactured System. Preassembled system, sold as a unit by the manufacturer and tested as a complete assembly. 1.3.38 Manufacturer. The entity that assumes the liability and provides the warranty for the compliant product. 1.3.39 Manufacturer’s Lot. An identifiable series of products that can be the same as or a subset of a production lot; used by the manufacturer for quality control or identification purposes. 1.3.40 Melt. A response to heat by a material resulting in evi- dence of flowing or dripping. 1.3.41 Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS). The result of sub- tracting three standard deviations from the mean result of the lot being tested using the formulas in and 1.3.42* Portable Anchor. A manufactured device designed to support human loads. 1.3.43* Product Label. A label affixed to the product by the manufacturer containing general information, care, mainte- nance, or similar data.
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