Minimising firefighters’ exposure to toxic effluents (6)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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What policies are currently in place for the routine care, maintenance, inspection and professional cleaning of PPE?

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London Fire Brigade (LFB) has Policy 693 for structural firefighting PPE, and Policy 533 for Uniform and PPE, excluding structural firefighting PPE.

Policy 693 provides instructions on using structural firefighting PPE. Routine care, maintenance and inspection are set out in detail for each garment. The PPE is cleaned and inspected as part of the managed service contract and each garment has a condition code assigned to it which is reviewed each time it is sent for laundry.

LFB staff can put their garments in for laundry whenever they see fit and there is no limit on this. Specific provisions are also set out for contaminated garments.

Policy 533 covers all other clothing allocations. There is general guidance on the care and maintenance which covers the expectations placed on staff and managers around the care of these garment