Implementation of Individual System Qualification (ISQ) in a CBRN Respiratory Protection Program – Part A: Guidance


  1. Gudgin Dickson, E.F.
  2. Farrar, G.J.
  3. Bodurtha, P.
  4. Gill, M.
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. This report will outline 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 CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1610-11. ISQ refers to the processes involved in issuing the correct size of respirator to the individual, assuring it is in proper working order, examining issues of equipment integration, and assuring proper function. This report will review the necessary principles and elements of an ISQ respiratory protection program as per CSA-Z1610-11, and covers the methodology of a properly implemented fit testing procedure. It will discuss the current legislative regulations regarding the health and safety of first responders within Canada, and examines the differences in protocols from each province/territory. This report attempts to outline and address the gaps within the various provincial regulations. Several stakeholders, including the Royal Military College of Canada, participated in optimizing the recommende

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PPE;responder safety;respiratory protection
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C303 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2014
Number of Pages
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