Supplied-air suit testing should be performed by an STF.
The appropriate DOE Operations/Field Office should review new or revised
supplied-air suit procedures, which affect or potentially affect the accepted use of the
suit. The review should address the intended uses of the supplied-air suit and
determine the adequacy of the supplied-air suit program (see Appendix B).
The DOE site contractor requesting the testing and evaluation of a supplied-air suit
Arrange with a STF to (1) perform the necessary tests and compare the test
results with performance criteria (see Appendix C), (2) formulate conclusions
and recommendations relative to the adequacy of the respiratory performance of
the supplied-air suit configuration and (3) write a report containing the test data
and conclusions. The tests should be sufficient to evaluate the supplied-air suit
configuration for the contaminants and operations for which protection is
Submit to the STF prior to scheduled testing, the supplied-air suit, including the
breathing air hose and all attachments, accessories, and auxiliary items (such as
couplings, airflow-control valve, airflow meter, air-pressure regulator, air-
pressure gauge, communications equipment, cooling devices, gloves, boots, and
shoe coverings), as well as training, donning, doffing, operating, maintenance
and storage procedures. The maximum length of breathing air hose anticipated
for operational use of the supplied-air suit should be provided.
Submit to the DOE Operations/Field Office the procedures for donning, doffing,
operating, maintaining, and storing the supplied-air suit and for the quality
assurance program (manufacturer's or contractor).
If the supplied-air suit or a portion of it is reusable and is laundered, the
contractor should also submit a laundered supplied-air suit to the STF, along with
a description of the laundering procedures and conditions, and a statement of the
number of times that the suit or its components has been laundered. The
maximum number of washings should be used.
Provide copies of the STF's report to the DOE Operations/Field Office and to the
The DOE Operations/Field Office should review and evaluate the test results given
in the STF report, and formulate conclusions and recommendations relative to the
adequacy of the performance of the supplied-air suit configuration. At the same time,
the supplied-air suit procedures should be evaluated.
Upon request of the DOE Operations/Field Office, the ERAP reviewer will
review and comment upon the STF's test results, conclusions, and
recommendations concerning the adequacy of the performance of the supplied-
air suit configuration. Upon request of the DOE Operations/Field Office, the
ERAP reviewer will evaluate the supplied-air suit procedures.