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									GUIDELINES FOR THE PROVISION & UTILISATION OF SELF
                                                                                                                                                                 AS/NZS 4801, OHSAS 18001
CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS (SCBA)                                                                                                                                            OHS20309
                                                                                                                                                                                SAI Global




                                                                                                                                                             November 2009

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.     PURPOSE..........................................................................................................................................................2 

2.     SCOPE...............................................................................................................................................................2 

3.     ABBREVIATIONS .............................................................................................................................................2 

4.     DEFINITIONS ....................................................................................................................................................2 
       4.1  HEAD OF ACADEMIC/ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT ....................................................................................................................... 2 
       4.2  MONASH CONTROLLED ENTITY........................................................................................................................................ 2 
       4.3  RESPIRATOR................................................................................................................................................................ 2 
       4.4  SAFE WORK INSTRUCTIONS ........................................................................................................................................... 3 
       4.5  SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS (SCBA):......................................................................................................... 3 
       4.6  SUPERVISOR ................................................................................................................................................................ 3 
5.     SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................................................................................................3 
       5.1     HEADS OF ACADEMIC/ADMINISTRATION UNITS ................................................................................................................... 3 
       5.2     OHS&E COMMITTEES .................................................................................................................................................. 3 
       5.3     SUPERVISORS.............................................................................................................................................................. 3 
       5.4     SCBA PERSONNEL....................................................................................................................................................... 4 
       5.5     SCBA CO-ORDINATOR ................................................................................................................................................. 4 
       5.6     FACILITIES AND SERVICES DIVISION ................................................................................................................................ 4 
       5.7     STAFF AND STUDENTS ................................................................................................................................................... 4 

6.     RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AREAS OR PROCESSES WHICH MAY REQUIRE SCBA ..............................5 
       6.1  IDENTIFICATION OF AREAS REQUIRING SCBA.................................................................................................................. 5 
       6.2  HAZARD MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................................. 5 
       6.3  DEVELOPMENT OF SAFE WORK INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................................................................. 5 
       6.4  TRAINING AND STAFF PROTOCOLS ................................................................................................................................. 6 
       6.5  PURCHASE OF SCBA UNITS ......................................................................................................................................... 7 
       6.6  LOCATION OF SCBA UNITS ........................................................................................................................................... 7 
       6.7  NUMBER OF PERSONNEL .............................................................................................................................................. 7 
       6.8  PRE & POST OPERATION CHECKS ................................................................................................................................... 7 
       6.9  ENTERING A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT: ....................................................................................................................... 8 
       6.10  EXITING A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT. .......................................................................................................................... 8 
       6.11  POST INCIDENT DEBRIEF AND NOTIFICATION. ................................................................................................................... 9 
       6.12  CLEANING SCBA ......................................................................................................................................................... 9 
       6.13  MAINTENANCE OF SCBA .............................................................................................................................................. 9 
7.     RECORDS .........................................................................................................................................................10 

8.     REFERENCES...................................................................................................................................................10 
       8.1     LEGISLATION ................................................................................................................................................................ 10 
       8.2     MONASH UNIVERSITY OHS DOCUMENTS ........................................................................................................................... 10 
       8.3     AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARDS .......................................................................................................................... 10 

9.     FURTHER INFORMATION................................................................................................................................10 

10.  APPENDIX.........................................................................................................................................................11 




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1.       PURPOSE
         The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the provision and utilization of for the
         systems that are required where Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for the purposes of
         spill cleanup, recovery or monitoring toxic vapors or low oxygen levels in a work area. SCBA is
         only to be used by trained operators and not used for the purposes of emergency response
         (rescue) or situations where there is a high risk to the operator.          Potentially hazardous
         atmospheres include those contaminated with Asphyxiating, Flammable or Toxic substances and
         Biological agents.

2.       SCOPE
         These guidelines apply to the use, maintenance and testing of SCBA on the Australian campuses
         of Monash University and Monash controlled entities. Entry into confined spaces must comply with
         the Facilities and Services permit to work system for confined spaces.

3.       ABBREVIATIONS
         BEIMS                   Building Environment Information Management System
         IPS                     Incident Prevention System
         OH&S                    Occupational Health and Safety branch
         PPE                     Personal Protective Equipment
         SCBA                    Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
         RTO                     Registered Training Organisation

4.       DEFINITIONS

         4.1           HEAD OF ACADEMIC/ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT

                        Head of academic/administrative unit is used to denote the head of the area in which the
                        use of SCBA may be required. For academic areas, this term includes head of faculty,
                        school, department, institute or centre. For administrative areas, the term includes head
                        of division, branch, centre or unit.

         4.2           MONASH CONTROLLED ENTITY

                        Monash controlled entities (eg companies) include entities where Monash can control
                        decision making, directly or indirectly, in relation to the financial and operating policies so
                        as to enable the entity to operate with it in pursuing the objectives of Monash University.
                        For the remainder of this document, a Monash controlled entity will be referred to as a
                        controlled entity.

         4.3           RESPIRATOR
                        An air purifying respiratory protective device designed to prevent the inhalation of
                        contaminated air. Note air purifying respirators are not a suitable substitute for SCBA
                        which supplies air where low Oxygen levels may be present.




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         4.4           SAFE WORK INSTRUCTIONS
                        Safe work instructions are written instructions that outline the preferred method of
                        undertaking a task whilst emphasising ways to reduce any risk(s) of harm to staff,
                        students, property or the environment.

         4.5           SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS (SCBA):

                        SCBA is a portable respirator that supplies air from a source carried by the user. The
                        compressed air passes through a regulator, is inhaled by the user, and then exhaled out
                        of the system. SCBA must comply with AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and
                        maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.

         4.6           SUPERVISOR

                        Supervisors are those who are responsible for overseeing:

                        •        the work program of other staff;

                        •        the study program of honours and postgraduate students; and

                        •        undergraduate students in lectures, tutorial and practical classes and on field trips.
                        The supervisor of staff or students has a particular responsibility for safeguarding the
                        occupational health and safety of those in their charge. The supervisor can delegate the
                        supervision or training of a staff member or student to a suitably qualified and/or
                        experienced person, as appropriate for the task. The supervisor is, however, responsible
                        for ensuring that the staff member or student has received appropriate training and has
                        gained sufficient competence to undertake the task.

5.       SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
         A comprehensive list of OHS responsibilities is provided in the document Occupational health and
         safety management at Monash University: Structure, functions, roles and responsibilities. The
         responsibilities with respect to implementing SCBA within an area are summarised below.

         5.1           HEADS OF ACADEMIC/ADMINISTRATION UNITS

                        It is the responsibility of the head of academic/administrative unit/controlled entity to
                        ensure that the Guidelines for the provision of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus are
                        implemented if it is determined there is the risk of low oxygen, toxic vapours, gasses or
                        particulates within their unit/entity.

         5.2           OHS&E COMMITTEES
                        It is the responsibility of the Faculty/Division/Zone OHS&E committees to:
                        •        provide advice and feedback to heads of units on actions needed to comply with
                                 these guidelines; and
                        •        review the need for SCBA based on workplace activities.

         5.3           SUPERVISORS
                        It is the responsibility of supervisors to:
                        •     identify if there is the risk of low oxygen levels or toxic vapours within their work area
                        •     ensure that SCBA is available and maintained if a risk of harm to any persons,
                              property or the environment within their areas of responsibility exists.

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         5.4           SCBA PERSONNEL
                        It is the responsibility of those qualified to use SCBA to:
                        •         respond promptly in providing SCBA support as required,
                        •         work within their level of competence,
                        •         report any hazards, near misses or incidents through the Monash Incident
                                  Prevention System (IPS);
                        •         attend training as required;
                        •         assist in maintaining SCBA facilities, including, checking and restocking PPE as
                                  necessary;
                        •         report any deficiencies in the SCBA to their SCBA coordinator.
                        •         report any changes in their health status which could affect their use of SCBA to
                                  OH&S and SCBA Co-ordinator

         5.5           SCBA CO-ORDINATOR
                        It is the responsibility of the SCBA co-ordinator to:
                        •         Co-ordinate the response to a hazardous situation
                        •         Maintain current lists of SCBA trained personnel
                        •         Assess the area for potential hazards before SCBA personnel enter
                        •         Assess and give the all clear to re-enter the area.
                        •         Co-ordinate drills for their SCBA personnel in mock scenarios based on hazards in
                                  area
                        •         Co-ordinate repair of SCBA units through Facilities & Services

         5.6           FACILITIES AND SERVICES DIVISION

                        It is the responsibility of the Facilities and Services Division to;

                              •     maintain all SCBA units through a scheduled inspection process in accordance
                                    with AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective
                                    equipment.

                              •     repair and/or purchase SCBA units (including installation and/or re-locating) via
                                    requests made through the Building Environment Information Management
                                    System (BIEMS). All costs are to be charged back to the area requesting the
                                    service.

         5.7           STAFF AND STUDENTS

                        All staff and students are expected to understand the hazards associated with their work
                        and in particular those which may lead to low oxygen levels, toxic vapours, gasses or
                        particulates in the air. Staff and students should know what to do in an emergency
                        situation; warnings of typical situations should be addressed through appropriate signage,
                        faculty and departmental/school safety manuals, practical class manuals and general
                        safety instructions.




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6.       RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AREAS OR PROCESSES WHICH MAY REQUIRE SCBA

         6.1           IDENTIFICATION OF AREAS REQUIRING SCBA
                        SCBA may be required when responding to a situation or spill in areas where the following
                        hazards are present;
                        •     Inhalation of gasses and vapours such as:
                                    o      Irritants — cause irritation of the nose, eyes and upper respiratory tract, eg
                                           ammonia and hydrogen chloride.
                                    o      Asphyxiants — act by interfering with the use of oxygen by the body through
                                           diluting the available oxygen, e.g. nitrogen (N2). Alternatively, they may be
                                           chemical asphyxiants which, even in low concentration, will be absorbed by
                                           the blood in preference to oxygen, e.g. carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen
                                           cyanide (HCN)
                                    o      Systemic poisons — once absorbed into the blood, target specific organs or
                                           body systems, e.g. carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or Mercury.
                                    o      Sensitizing agents—may cause severe allergic reactions in some previously
                                           exposed individuals, e.g. toluene 2-4 di-isocyanate (TDI).
                                    o      Corrosives – damage lungs and eye tissue, e.g. sulphuric acid or caustic soda.
                        •     Inhalation of particulates: Much larger than individual molecules, their inhalation
                              and damage causing properties depend on such characteristics as size and shape, as
                              well as physical and chemical characteristics. SCBA or respiratory protection should
                              be used with any clean-up of or exposure to particulates.
                        •     Biological release: Biological material, which may be present as particulates e.g.
                              centrifuge droplets that have become airborne. SCBA or Respiratory protection should
                              be used during any cleanup of or exposure to biological agents or organisms.

         6.2           HAZARD MANAGEMENT

                        •        Work units where SCBA may be required must identify the hazards and associated
                                 controls and develop safe work instructions prior to work commencing.

                        •        Where SCBA are used as part of a standard process/procedure, the hazards
                                 involved must be identified, safe work instructions developed and maintained, and
                                 those performing the task/s trained in their specific role as it applies to the
                                 process.OHS Risk Management at Monash University describes the University’s risk
                                 management process.

                        •        Hazard controls and Safe Work Instructions should take into account the
                                 recommendations outlined in this document.

         6.3           DEVELOPMENT OF SAFE WORK INSTRUCTIONS
                        Safe work instructions should:

                        •        Be written by staff or students with sound, hands on experience and knowledge of
                                 the tasks and associated hazards;

                        •        Include guidelines for cleaning up spills, disposing of waste materials and
                                 emergency processes.


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                        •        Identify appropriate PPE for substances which can be absorbed through the skin.

                        •        So far as is reasonably practicable, consult the Health and Safety Representative of
                                 the area during development of safe work instructions.

                        •        Where required, contact OH&S to discuss potential hazards and protocols to be
                                 used.

         6.4           TRAINING AND STAFF PROTOCOLS

                        6.4.1         TRAINING

                        Monash University staff will be considered appropriately qualified to use SCBA provided
                        they:
                        •        Complete the Monash SCBA training and usage Health Questionnaire provided by
                                 OH&S on application for training:
                        •        Complete SCBA training provided by Monash University or accredited through
                                 another RTO;
                                 o         The cost of attending training courses will be met by the unit/entity
                                 o         Staff or students with SCBA qualifications obtained outside the university can
                                           be accepted as qualified users of SCBA upon verification of completed training
                                           and completing in the Monash SCBA training and usage Health
                                           Questionnaire.
                                 o         Information regarding the content and scheduling of OHS courses is available
                                           on the OH&S web site; (http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/ohse/training) or by
                                           contacting OH&S (51016).
                        •        Renew their SCBA training every three years;
                        Note: Personnel not fulfilling these criteria are not considered to be appropriately trained
                        in the use of SCBA within Monash University guidelines.

                        6.4.2         FACIAL HAIR
                                     Beards, moustaches and sideburns (including stubble), may result in
                                     unsatisfactory sealing and leakage of contaminant between the respirator face
                                     piece and the wearer’s skin. Long hair may also interfere with the operation of
                                     exhalation valves and should be tied back during use. It is preferred that those
                                     using SCBA are clean shaven to provide an adequate seal around the face area.
                                     As SCBA operate under positive pressure, a clipped, close beard may still allow
                                     enough seal for incoming contaminants however air may escape the mask
                                     significantly reducing the cylinder use time.

                        6.4.3         FITNESS
                                     The SCBA health questionnaire takes into account general health considerations
                                     required for operators. This questionnaire must be completed before training can
                                     commence. As the use of SCBA can be physically demanding operators should
                                     be in good health before using SCBA in any situation.




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                          6.4.4       EYE CORRECTION
                                    Users of SCBA should have adequate vision without the need of glasses to fulfil
                                    the role they are undertaking within SCBA. Corrective lenses with temple bars or
                                    straps should not be worn as they can interfere with the facial seal, in addition
                                    damage may occur to the spectacles. Contact lenses may be used within SCBA.

         6.5           PURCHASE OF SCBA UNITS
                       SCBA units are to be acquired through a BIEMS Request to the Facilities and Services
                       Division. All requests are to include details of the location where the unit is to be to be
                       mounted. The cost of units and mounting is the responsibility of the area requesting the
                       SCBA unit.

         6.6           LOCATION OF SCBA UNITS

                          •       SCBA should be located, preferably in pairs, in an area central to the hazards
                                  identified allowing safe and unobstructed access to SCBA units by personnel in an
                                  emergency situation.

                          •       Where practicable, spare cylinders should be kept in close proximity and alternate
                                  SCBA unit locations identified and documented as backup equipment.

                          •       SCBA should be stored and secured so that unauthorised use or tampering is
                                  prevented.

                          •       All SCBA locations should be clearly marked in green and white in accordance with
                                  the requirements of AS 1319:1983 Safety signs for the occupational environment.

         6.7           NUMBER OF PERSONNEL

                          6.7.1       If it is deemed that a risk exists and SCBA may be required, sufficient numbers of
                                      staff must be trained and available to safely undertake the task. Where numbers
                                      of SCBA trained personnel are limited, an arrangement with neighbouring
                                      departments who use SCBA is recommended.

                          6.7.2       The minimum number of staff required to respond to an adverse event is four (4)
                                      trained personnel and one (1) available for contacting services within an area of
                                      potential risk.

                          6.7.3       Where the risk assessment of a standard process/procedure indicates that a
                                      reduction in the above is practical, the minimum numbers of responding SCBA
                                      operators may be reduced to no less than two (2) fully equipped personnel.
                                      Where SCBA use is prescribed by process/procedure, personnel must be on
                                      standby and be trained in the process before work commences.

         6.8           PRE & POST OPERATION CHECKS
                      •           All respiratory protective equipment should be inspected by the operator as per
                                  checklist in appendix 1 before and after it is used
                      •           The check should encompass:
                                          o     Breaks or kinks in face piece or liner
                                          o     Adequate seal around face (inhale with face piece on)
                                          o     Adequate pressure in the cylinder (80% full on gauge)
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                                          o     Operation of air feed (sharp breath in with face piece on)

         6.9           ENTERING A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT:
                        •         An assessment of the severity of the hazard and the appropriateness of the use of
                                  SCBA must be undertaken by either the Safety Officer or SCBA Coordinator.
                        •         It is essential that whenever SCBA equipment is used that both a buddy system is
                                  implemented and back-up staff are standing by.
                        •         If the hazardous event requiring SCBA is uncontrolled or there is a risk to the local
                                  population (i.e. fire, explosion or toxic vapours) the building must be evacuated
                                  (including SCBA personnel) and emergency services contacted.
                        •         SCBA must be used in any situation where low oxygen levels are suspected or
                                  when airborne contaminants are unknown.
                        •         Working in confined spaces presents unique problems which may include access
                                  and egress difficulties, the possibility of an oxygen deficient environment and the
                                  greater likelihood of high concentrations of contaminants. Safe entry requirements
                                  are covered in Monash Universities confined spaces permit to work requirements.
                                  The Hazard management of confined space entry should include emergency
                                  situations and recovery of personnel.
                        •         The minimum number of staff required to respond to an event in the use of SCBA is
                                  four (4) trained personnel and one (1) for contacting services.
                                           The buddy system will consist of minimum two personnel in the hazardous
                                           environment one completing the tasks required and one assisting the process.
                                           The back-up team must consist of at least two SCBA trained and fitted
                                           personnel standing by monitoring the situation. The back-up team must be:
                                                 •     continuously supervising of those in the hazardous environment, either
                                                       directly or with the aid of a signalling device
                                                 •     able to render assistance if the need arises.
                                                 •     constantly monitoring the SCBA air supply and time in the hazardous
                                                       environment.
                                                 •     able to contact emergency services or first aid personnel if required.
                        •         Prior to the back-up team assisting those who have entered an area, a third party
                                  must be available to contact emergency services or raise the evacuation alarm.

         6.10          EXITING A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT.
                        •           The residual level of hazard in the environment should be assessed by those
                                    using the SCBA under guidance from the appropriate personnel. These personnel
                                    must be able to determine that all risks have been eliminated or reduced to allow
                                    re-entry into the area by the local population
                        •           Until all risks have been eliminated or reduced to allow entry without SCBA the
                                    area must remained isolated.
                        •           Once the area has been deemed safe an all clear may be given to all other
                                    occupants by either the emergency services if in attendance, by the SCBA co-
                                    ordinator or the safety officer.

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                        •           Ensure that all post operational checks of equipment and cleaning of equipment
                                    occurs
                        •           Any contaminated clothing or equipment must be disposed of or decontaminated
                                    as per the Material Safety Data Sheet or safe work instructions.

         6.11          POST INCIDENT DEBRIEF AND NOTIFICATION.
                        Following an event where SCBA has been used the following should occur:
                        •           A debriefing of the SCBA team and other personnel involved including a review of
                                    the SCBA team’s procedures.
                        •           A Hazard / Incident report must be completed, and an investigation into the event
                                    and its causation should take place involving relevant parties e.g Health & Safety
                                    Representative and Safety Officer. The investigation should include a review of
                                    current hazard controls to prevent the incident from re-occurring.
                        •           Raise a BIEMS request to Facilities and Services to service the units used.
                        •           The event, including corrective actions should be discussed at the next
                                    Faculty/Division/Zone OHS&E committee meeting

         6.12          CLEANING SCBA
                        •         Users should be trained in cleaning and disinfection procedures.
                        •         Cleaning may be performed in a number of ways:
                                    o     Isopropanol wipes may be used to clean and disinfect the face mask area.
                                    o     The respirator can be washed with mild dilute detergent in warm water using a
                                          soft brush, thoroughly rinsed in clean water, and then air-dried in a clean place.
                                          Care should be taken to prevent damage from rough handling. This method is
                                          an accepted procedure for a small respirator program or where each worker
                                          cleans his or her own respirator.
                                    o     After cleaning, an anti-fog preparation may be applied to lenses and visors.
                        •     Store face piece in a plastic bag to keep free of dust.

         6.13          MAINTENANCE OF SCBA

                        •        SCBA need to be maintained in accordance to AS/NZS                                  1715:2009
                                 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment

                        •        Standard servicing of the SCBA units is conducted by the Facilities and Services
                                 Division; any unscheduled maintenance (e.g. following an event) should be lodged
                                 as a BEIMS request

                        •        Unit housings must be fitted with a safety tie or device to identify tampering, if a
                                 safety tie is broken the Facilities and Services Division must be contacted to check
                                 and service the unit and the safety tie or device replaced. Padlocks are not to be
                                 used to secure SCBA units.

                        •        Cylinders shall be recharged before the contents have dropped to below 80% of full
                                 working pressure. Cylinders with less than 80% full pressure should not be used.




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7.       RECORDS

                      Record to be                             Records                                         To be kept for:
                      kept by

                      Academic/administrative unit/controlled entity
                                           Pre & post operation checks                                 5 years
                                           Training records of training provided                       Indefinitely
                                           by unit/entity, including:
                                       • Attendees
                                       • Short description of training content
                                           Risk/hazard assessments                                     Until review, or at least 5
                                                                                                       years
                                             Hazard/Incident reports                                   Indefinitely
                      Facilities & Services Division
                                             Records of regular maintenance                            5 years


8.       REFERENCES

         8.1           LEGISLATION

                        Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

         8.2           MONASH UNIVERSITY OHS DOCUMENTS

                        OHS Management at Monash University: Structure, Functions, Roles and Responsibilities
                        http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/ohse/documents/#policies
                        Monash Universities confined spaces permit to work

                        OHS Risk Management at Monash University
                        http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/ohse/assets/docs/others/ohs-riskmanagement.pdf

         8.3           AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARDS

                        AS 1319:1983 Safety signs for the occupational environment
                        AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment



9.       FURTHER INFORMATION
         For further information contact your local OHS&E Consultant or Occupational Health and Safety by
         phone on 990 51016 or by email on ohsehelpline@adm.monash.edu.au .




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10.      APPENDIX 1: SCBA PRE & POST OPERATION TESTING CHECKLIST

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
                                                                                                      
 Pre & Post operation checks:                                           
 1. High Pressure test                                                                                            AS/NZS 4801 OHSAS 18001
                                                                                                                                OHS20309
                                                                                                                                SAI Global
 a) Turn on cylinder valve                                                                            
 b) Ensure face air release valve is closed                                                           
 c) Observe pressure                                                                                  
 d) Turn off Cylinder valve                                                                           
 e) Wait 1 minute                                                                                     
 f) Recheck Cylinder pressure                                                                         
 If no pressure difference passes test                                 Pass/Fail                      
 2. Low level air pressure warning test                                                               
 a) Ensure cylinder is off                                                                            
 b) Twist face air release valve to open                                                              
 c) Watch gauge drop to red zone                                                                      
 d) Listen for whistle at the red zone                                                                
 If Whistle system passes test                                         Pass/Fail                      
 3. Visual inspection of unit                                          Completed                      
 Look for any signs of misuse or tampering                                                            
 Look for any signs of broken or corroded fittings                                                    
 Headstraps,                                                           Completed                      
 a) breaks or tears;                                                                                  
 b) loss of elasticity;                                                                               
 c) broken or malfunctioning buckles or
 attachments; and                                                                                     
 d) excessively worn serrations on the head
 harness which may allow the face piece to slip.                                                      
 Inhalation valve, exhalation valve,                                   Completed                      
 a) detergent residue, dust particles, or dirt on
 valve or valve seat [may be cleaned with soap
 and water];                                                                                          
 b) cracks, tears, or distortion in the valve
 material or valve seat and                                                                           
 c) missing or defective valve cover                                                                  
                                                                                                      
 In the case of full face piece SCBA, valve
 assemblies should be tested after removal and
 replacement of valves.                                                                               
 •    Do not use any SCBA unit which has any
 visible fault. Isolate SCBA Unit and ensure
 repair occurs through Facilities and Services.                                                       
                                                                                                      
 Completed By:                                                         Signed:                      Date: 




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