Implementation of Individual System Qualification (ISQ) in a CBRN Respiratory Protection Program – Part B: Standard Operating Procedures


  1. Gudgin Dickson, E.F.
  2. Farrar, G.J.
  3. Bodurtha, P.
  4. Gill, M.
  5. Bissegger, S.
  6. Tremblay, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN);Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN);Calian Technology Services, Kanata ONT (CAN)
Protection of first responders (FRs) during a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) event involves a well-integrated approach by all levels of the government. The standard CAN/CGSB/CSAZ1610- 11 Protection of First Responders from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) events provides a risk-based guidance to first responders and management regarding protection during a CBRN event. Part A of this report outlined the strategies and performance criteria to ensure the successful implementation of an individual system qualification (ISQ) respiratory protection program for first responders in a CBRN event, a mandatory part of the standard CSA Z1610-11. The objectives listed below are addressed in this report to support implementation of methodologies for an adequate ISQ program with compliance to best practices recommended in the standard CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1610-11. Several stakeholders, including the Royal Military College, participated in optimizing the recommended procedure for knowledge transfer and implementation to different organisations. These objectives are as follows: • Educate first responders on proper use of respiratory protection programs, donning of respirators, sizing, doffing, maintenance through standard operating procedures and compliance with standards Z1610-11. • Disseminate technical knowledge to managers and trainers of first responders interested in written respiratory protection programs (RPP) based on Z1610-11 for CBRN respi

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PPE;responder safety;respiratory protection
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C304 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2014
Number of Pages
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