should be knowledgeable in respiratory protection (e.g., Respiratory Protection Program
Administrators (RPPA) group, supplied-air suit administrators from other sites).
Assessment of STF
The capability of the STF to perform the tests specified in this standard should be evaluated
and documented by the DOE contractor requesting such tests.
If the STF is a contract operation, the authority to audit should be in the contract.
Records, including any test data, if available, for the past five (5) years should be maintained
by the site and the STF and be made available to authorized assessors. Copies of the final
STF reports and any DOE evaluations should also be sent to the ERAP.
For historical purposes, EH should maintain all final testing and evaluation reports for each
supplied-air suit configuration accepted by DOE and reports from the independent
assessments, in accordance with DOE record retention requirements.
General Supplied-Air Suit Design Requirements
A DOE contractor should not submit a supplied-air suit configuration for
examination and testing unless the supplied-air suit has been designed on sound
engineering and scientific principles, is constructed of suitable materials, and shows
evidence of good workmanship.
Components of the supplied-air suit that are exposed to the wearer's skin should
be composed of materials that do not normally irritate the skin of workers.
Components of the supplied-air suit that must be disassembled or replaced during
or after use of the suit should be composed of materials and constructed so that
normal handling does not damage them.
Reusable components of the supplied-air suit that are exposed to the wearer's
skin or that must be cleaned after use should be composed of materials and
constructed so that they will withstand repeated washing and sanitizing as
prescribed by the instructions of the DOE contractor or the manufacturer of the
The supplied-air suit may consist of one or several parts. The suit may be fitted with a
respiratory protective device to enable the wearer to breathe in case of failure of the
primary air supply.