Strategic Plan for Developing a Suite of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Protective Equipment Standards [open pdf - 220KB]
A common suite of First Responder equipment standards is needed to establish minimum performance, and interoperability requirements for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) equipment utilized by local, state, and federal First Responders to acts of terrorism and CBRNE incidents. Such standards, and the associated requirements and test protocols, serve multiple purposes including: 1) establishing baseline capabilities and limitations for currently available equipment, 2) guiding production and technological developments by manufacturers and designers, and 3) guiding equipment procurement decisions by the public safety and health communities. This document presents the strategy and process within the Interagency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability for identifying, adopting, modifying, and developing CBRNE equipment standards. The priorities for developing standards will be established and periodically reviewed by the IAB Standards Coordination Committee (SCC). It does not address the specifics of schedules, resources, or those standardization processes that are agency and organization-specific. It is relevant to note that no such suite of CBRNE equipment standards exists today, and it is a goal of the IAB to remedy this shortcoming. This CBRNE Equipment Standards process will be accomplished through two phases - a "Preparation Phase" and an "Implementation Phase." During the Preparation Phase, requirements for standards will be identified from local, state, and federal First Responder functional and operational equipment requirements. These equipment requirements will be compared to existing standards to determine if existing standards can be adopted into the CBRNE Equipment Standards Suite, if modifications are required, or if gaps exist requiring new standards to be developed. During the Implementation Phase, the recommendations of the equipment Subgroups will be coordinated with appropriate standards organizations to facilitate adoption, modification, and development of standards for incorporation into the CBRNE Equipment Standards Suite. Gaps in standards will be presented to sponsoring agencies and organizations for new standards development.