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Bill Detail: SB19-061

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Title Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Testing And Certification
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
  • Local Government
  • Public Health
House Sponsors J. Arndt (D)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Tate (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/10/2019
Description

Currently, local fire departments and other users of self-contained
breathing apparatus (SCBA) rely on certification under standards
promulgated by the United States department of transportation (DOT) or
the national institute for occupational safety and health (NIOSH) for
quality control of pressure vessels. These certifications are considered
valid through the vessel's recommended service life, but that service life

is finite.
Section 1 of the bill declares that, with the emergence of new
technology to test the continuing safety of vessels that are at the end of
their initial recommended service life, vessels that remain safe can and
should be recertified for an additional period rather than discarded,
resulting in a saving of tax dollars for local governments.
Sections 2 through 4 give the executive director of the department
of public health and environment the authority to inspect SCBA
equipment and, if necessary, to write rules governing the inspection and
certification of pressure vessels. Any such rules must incorporate or
recognize current DOT or NIOSH standards for certification and
recertification with regard to any technology that is accepted by those
federal agencies.

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