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Safe and Suitable Firefighting
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3588-0688
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8548-657x
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2049-6213
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6175-6595
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Abstract [en]

The level of protection for personal protective equipment (PPE) in firefighting is important for Swedish shipowners; they want to be sure that the equipment they provide is sufficiently safe for the types of fires that can occur onboard. Shipowners also want to be updated on risks related to the carriage of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Safety products and equipment used onboard ships with a European flag must be certified in accordance with the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and follow the regulations in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). For fire suits, this means that they must be certified according to one of three standards listed in MED. Two of these standards cover suits used in special cases, with very intense radiant heat, and should only be worn for short periods. The third standard, EN 469, is the same standard that is referred to the PPE Regulation 2016/42, making EN 469-approved fire suits used among European firefighters ashore. However, EN 469 contains two different performance levels where the lower level is not suitable for protection against risks encountered when fighting fires in enclosures. Based on a user study and a risk assessment for AFVs, a set of suggested changes to MED and SOLAS were prepared, together with a set of recommendations for operators that were found important but not subject for regulations. A ready-to-use quick guide, containing the most important results, has been developed for operators.

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Borås, 2022. , p. 62
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RISE Rapport ; 2022:32
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Firefighter outfit, fire suit, personal protective equipment, firefighting, SOLAS, Marine equipment directive, wheel mark, alternative fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, gas-powered vehicle
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Other Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-58911ISBN: 978-91-89561-56-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-58911DiVA, id: diva2:1647679
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The Swedish Mercantile Marine FoundationAFA InsuranceAvailable from: 2022-03-28 Created: 2022-03-28 Last updated: 2024-04-09Bibliographically approved

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Burgén, JuliaGehandler, JonatanOlofsson, AnnaHuang, ChenTemple, Alastair

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