Firefighters, hazardous material response teams and other emergency responders rely on their training and their personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard against the hazards associated with their work. Many of the products they wear have been tested and Classified by UL.
Why use certified PPE?
The NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program requires fire departments to provide each member with protective clothing and protective equipment that is designed to provide protection from the hazards to which the member is likely to be exposed and is suitable for the tasks that the member is expected to perform. It specifies the standards that the protective clothing and equipment shall meet. These standards in turn require these products to be certified by an independent, third-party organization, such as UL, and to bear the certification organization’s label, symbol, or identifying mark. Products bearing a UL Classification Mark comply with these requirements.
Certified PPE is marked (labeled) with the UL Classification Mark, which among other things identifies the test standard to which they have been evaluated. Refer to information under the product categories included below for specific marking details.
Protective Ensembles for Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting
These products have been investigated in accordance with NFPA 1971 for fire fighting applications. They may also have been investigated to provide limited protection from specified chemicals, biological agents, and radiological particulates (CBRN) terrorism agents. See individual certifications for details.
Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
These products include a variety of single-use and/or multiple-use emergency medical protective clothing and equipment, including garments, gloves, masks, face protective devices, footwear, helmets, etc. Information Manufacturers
Other categories and standards
These products cover a variety of applications as noted. Learn more