NFPA 1975 – 2014 Edition (Station/Work Uniforms for Emergency Services) is in its final stages of being approved later this fall.

The biggest change to the standard for the 2014 publication is the addition of optional requirements for odor resistance, water resistance, insect repellency and visibility markings. These new sections will set the performance requirements and test methods, should a garment claim to meet one of these new features. The committee felt it necessary, that if a garment manufacturer was claiming such a feature, there should be minimum performance requirements to meet and specific test methodologies to verify the performance of that feature. This will also give the fire departments a way to verify that the manufacturers’ claims meet at least a minimum performance requirement.

I will continue to post about any further developments on NFPA 1975 – 2014 and when it gets its final approval.