My presentation will be of interest to users of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to those who are responsible for the procurement of firefighters’ PPE, the manufacturers of PPE (including the supply chain of key assembly components such as outer-shell fabrics, moisture and thermal barriers and high-visibility tape for PPC), and those responsible for the testing and certification of these products.
I will provide an up-to-date overview of the work of ISO TC94 SC14 and will explain some key aspects of NFPA1971. I will highlight some elements of the recently published EN469 and the way structural PPC is currently manufactured in the UK and Europe, offering alternative approaches for best practice.
I will focus one part of the presentation on the use of high-visibility trim and/or garments in conjunction with structural PPC, and provide alternative solutions based on reliable international literature, testing and current standards.
Bearing in mind those responsible for fire service tender processes and those who tender for fire service PPE contracts, I will focus on what we have learnt from past experience. For example, we will look at how to take control of the process to ensure that the PPE required by firefighters is actually the PPE they receive, and that it is fit for purpose.
For 34 years Russell worked for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Fire Service and the ACT Emergency Services Agency. During this time he worked with the development and revision of Australian and International Standards for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
From 1983 to 2001 Russell held the positions of Branch President, Branch Secretary and National President of the United Firefighters Union representing some 11,000 members with a special focus on improving the health and safety of firefighters.
In 2005 Russell was appointed to the position of Manager Standards for the Australasian Fire And Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC), responsible for the co-ordination of some 60 Australian and International Standard’s representatives. While Russell personally represents on a number of these committees he is also the leader to the Australian delegation on a number of International Standards Committees.
Russell has an extensive knowledge of the Fire and Emergency Services industry, in particular the testing, compliance and certification of PPE. In addition he assists with the development of specifications and associated tender documents for a range of PPE used by fire and emergency service personnel.
On the 26th of January 2008, Russell was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) by the Governor General on behalf of the Queen, for distinguished service to the fire industry in the area of health and safety.
In January 2014 Russell was appointed as the Chairman of ISO/TC 94/SC 14 Firefighter's Protective Equipment Committee.
Russell represents the Fire and Emergency Services Industry and Standards Australia on the following Australian and International committees;
- SF049 Firefighter Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment (Chairman)
SF4 Occupational Protective Clothing
SF3 Occupational Protective Footwear
- SF6 Eye Protection
SF4-3 High Visibility Clothing
- Standards Australia Council member representing AFAC.
- ISO TC94/SC14 Firefighter’s PPE including WG1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. (Chairman SC/14)
- Russell stood down from the Chair of WG1 and 3 to focus on his role as the new SC/14 Chairman.
ISO TC94/SC13 Protective Clothing and Equipment
- ISO/TC94/SC3 Foot Protection
- CEN/TC 161 WG1 and 2 Firefighters Footwear
- Current leader to the Australian delegation on behalf of Standards Australia at ISO
- NFPA Correlating Committee member for PPE for Fire and Emergency Services