NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Protective Equipment Problem’

Definition : The most serious problem with the piece of equipment that failed and contributed to the injury.
Purpose : Provides additional information on why the injury occurred and highlights problems with specific equipment.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the protective equipment problem.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Protective Equipment Problem’ element

11 Burned.
12 Melted.
21 Fractured, cracked, or broke.
22 Punctured.
23 Scratched.
24 Knocked off.
25 Cut or ripped.
31 Trapped steam or hazardous gas.
32 Insufficient insulation.
33 Object fell in or onto equipment item.
41 Failed under impact.
42 Face piece or hose detached.
43 Exhalation valve inoperative or damaged.
44 Harness detached or separated.
45 Regulator failed to operate.
46 Regulator damaged by contact.
47 Problem with admissions valve.
48 Alarm failed to operate.
49 Alarm damaged by contact.
51 Supply cylinder or valve failed to operate.
52 Supply cylinder or valve damaged by contact.
53 Supply cylinder contained insufficient air or oxygen.
94 Did not fit properly.
95 Not properly serviced or stored prior to use.
96 Not used for designed purpose.
97 Not used as recommended by manufacturer.
00 Protective equipment problem, other.
UU Undetermined.

Transactions containing ‘Protective Equipment Problem’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 6, 2023