The Importance of Cleaning SCBA Soft Goods and How the G1 SCBA Makes It Easy

The fire service industry and MSA recognize that clean PPE can help keep you safe.

NFPA 1852, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) establishes requirements for the selection, care, and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as required by the respiratory protection program in NFPA 1500: Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program to reduce health and safety risks associated with improper maintenance, contamination, or damage.

According to the standard, soft goods should be cleaned to the manufacturer guidelines and completely dried. But in order to meet department standard operating procedures for cleaning and maintenance programs and to keep up with the standard, following cleaning protocols can require your SCBA soft goods to be out of service for a significant amount of time.

With the G1 SCBA, soft goods can be easily removed for enhanced cleaning protocols, to help support head to toe health. In addition, G1 Soft Goods Kits are available separately, to serve as a second set of soft goods to help reduce out-of-service time and extend the life of your SCBA’s soft good components. Plus, this second set of soft goods can help in making department standard operating procedures for cleaning and maintenance more robust.

The G1 Soft Goods Kit includes replacement lumbar pad, shoulder straps, and facepiece head harness.

In addition, your SCBA can be cleaned in a washing machine. The entire G1 SCBA – including cylinder and facepiece – can be cleaned in a SCBA washing machine, to reduce the time spent on cleaning.

Learn more about the G1 SCBA and available G1 Soft Goods Kits here.


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