SCBA regulator disinfection
In regards to COVID-19 it is important to disinfect your self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) regulators at the start of each tour or after each use.
- 70 percent isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle.
- Water - Running water or in a spray bottle
-Remove the SCBA regulator from the facepiece.
-Inspect the inside of the regulator assembly and remove any obvious dirt from the external surfaces of the regulator using 70 percent isopropyl alcohol with a sponge or soft cloth.
Note: it’s important to NOT insert any foreign objects into the regulator opening.
-You then want to depress the manual shut-off, close the purge knob by turning fully clockwise and spray a minimum of 6 full pumps of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol into the regulator opening. Make sure to also wet the immediate area around the opening.
Note: Alcohol and water should not be directed into the spray bar ports.
-Swirl to completely cover internal components.
-Turn regulator opening face down and shake excess liquid out. Allow for 10 minutes of contact time to disinfect prior to rinsing.
-Rinse regulator with water using a spray bottle or running water. The inside of regulator must be thoroughly rinsed after applying the 70% alcohol. Failure to thoroughly rinse may cause a number of adverse effects. Rinsing is a key component to the SCBA integrity after disinfecting.⠀⠀⠀
-Shake excess water out of regulator. Make sure to completely air-dry the regulator before use.⠀⠀⠀
-Be sure to perform a regulator check by opening purge valve and observing the air flow from regulator spray bar. You want to make sure no more water droplets come out and the regulator is dry.
This is one approved method for cleaning SCBA regulators. Remember to follow manufacture guidelines and your departments operating procedures.
What other methods has your company and department handled SCBA disinfection in regards to Coronavirus?
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Source: Firefighter Proving Grounds