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The products offered for sale by LSC are intended for use in rescue operations and survival . Inherent to all rescue and survival environments is an increased risk of injury and/or possible death to an individual or group of individuals. The equipment offered by LSC is intended to aid the professional rescuer(s) and/or survival victim(s). However, the risk of injury or death cannot be completely eliminated or foreseen. Equipment training, maintenance and continual reviews of user proficiency is vital to the proper and safe use of all rescue and survival equipment. It is the responsibility of the purchasing and end-user organization or individual to:

  • Determine the suitability of equipment for the selected application.
  • Define the operational procedures and safety guidelines associated with the proper utilization, maintenance (including service life) and storage of the rescue and survival equipment.
  • Ensure that all individuals are thoroughly trained and familiarized with the intended purpose, correct use and function, and serviceability of the equipment.
  • Ensure that the equipment is properly maintained, inspected, and ready for use at all times.
  • Changes to the configuration of or modifications to LSC products are not authorized by Lifesaving Systems Corp. and are not recommended.

Deviations from these warnings and cautions may result in serious injury or death.

  • Pre-Use Inspection and Initial Inspection
  • Post-Use Wet and Dry Operations
  • Periodic Inspections
  • Suspected Damage Inspection Criteria & Annual Inspection
  • Bi-Annual (every two years) Maintenance/Inspection

Pre and Post-Use inspections are designed of to be performed daily and after the last flight of the day/shift

A post-use inspection is not required after every flight. The intent of these inspection is that they do not need to be tracked.

    • The Pre-Use inspection should be done by the wearer prior to use or as part of daily equipment inspections.
    • The Initial inspection is recommended prior to placing the item in service.
  1. Inspect the exterior of the vest and webbing for obvious signs of damage, wear, loose or broken stitching.
  2. Inspect attached pockets, if any, for security and proper operation.
  3. Inspect attached hardware and zippers for security, open and close the zipper, checking for smooth operation, broken or missing zip teeth.
  4. Inspect any material to hardware connection points for excessive wear, cuts or abrasions & loose or broken stitching.
  5. Inspect security of beaded inflation lanyard.
  6. Inspect security and proper configuration of the CO2 inflation assembly – ensuring that the bottle is installed and that the bottle has not been actuated.

Do not use harness if any discrepancies are found.


Ensure the valve is installed right side up. Green arming indicator or red semi-circle will be visible when correctly installed.

  • Defined as operations in water or when used in rain.
  • This inspection should be done by the wearer or other local maintainer after immersion in water or operations where excessive salt spray, caused by rotor wash has come into contact with vest assy.
  • Post-Use Inspection may be carried out after missions comprised of multiple water immersion evolutions.
  • Vest may be used for recurring missions after initial post-use inspection.
  1. Remove all survival equipment contained in any attached pockets, open press studs and fold out sides.
  2. Rinse the harness and survival items with fresh water for at least one minute
  3. Deflate if partially orally inflated during operations
  4. If vest has become particularly soiled wash with mild soap and thoroughly
  5. If exposed to virus/bacteria/body fluids refer to the Rescue Equipment Decontamination procedures.
  6. Hang to dry, on wooden or plastic hanger, out of direct sunlight or in dehumidified room. Caution do not place in heated room, this may cause damage to vest and effect the integrity
  7. Repack and stow sides by folding inwards and pressing studs together until the snap closed


Expendables, and Consumables


  • Waste Bag marked for Biohazard Disposal
  • Fluid-resistant or fluid-impermeable gowns
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Goggles or face shield
  • Approved N-95 Respirator
  • Mask (mask must cover nose and mouth)
  • Reinforced Paper Towels
  • Scrub brush
  • Plastic bucket or equivalent


Step 1: Remove any equipment soft components, (pads, floats, restraint straps, etc.) that have been exposed to biohazard materials, and place in biohazardous waste bag, seal bag.


Biohazardous waste shall be properly disposed of, according to local regulations concerning hazardous/biological waste disposal.


Avoid skin and soft tissue exposure to all chemicals used in decontamination. Avoid inhaling or ingestion.

Step 2: Pre-clean areas of gross contamination. Using the scrub brush with general purpose detergent and water, clean affected areas thoroughly.

Step 3: Inspect the decontaminated areas for any remaining contaminants. Repeat the process as required to completely clean all surfaces.


Avoid cleaning techniques, such as using pressurized air or water sprays, that may result in the generation of bio-aerosols (aerosolized droplets containing infectious particles that can be inhaled).

Step 4: Rinse with low-flow clean water.

Step 5: Wipe up any puddled areas with disposable reinforced paper towels. Once complete, place soiled paper towels in biohazard waste bag.


Disinfectant is a soft tissue irritant. Avoid eye and mouth contact. Prolonged skin contact may cause dermatitis. If exposed, wash exposed areas thoroughly.


Follow manufacturer instructions for the specific disinfectant.

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Step 6: Apply Public Places or other approved disinfectant to contaminated, hard, non-porous surfaces of the litter until evenly wet.

Step 7: If using chlorine bleach, Use a 1:10 solution of bleach to water (e.g., 1 cup of bleach in 9 cups of water).

Step 8: Allow the equipment to remain undisturbed for 15 minutes.

Step 9: Wipe dry using a disposable paper towel.


Chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite solution is a soft tissue, digestive and respiratory irritant. Avoid ingestion, breathing of fumes, or contact with eyes or skin. Use in a well-ventilated area. Wash thoroughly after handling.


It may be necessary to dispose of contaminated objects with porous surfaces that cannot be adequately cleaned and disinfected:

Step 10: As required, machine wash contaminated soft, porous components (float covers, pad covers, blankets, restraint straps, litter insert) in warm water with laundry detergent and one cup of chlorine bleach.

Step 1: Soak materials and PPE used in cleanup and decontamination in disinfectant, double-bag, and place in a leak-proof container to further reduce the risk of worker exposure.
Step 2: After cleaning and disinfection work is complete, remove PPE as follows: gloves, face shield/goggles, gown, and then mask/respirator.
Step 3: Place all protective clothing in a biohazardous waste bag for disposal.


Biohazardous waste shall be properly disposed of, according to local regulations concerning hazardous/biological waste disposal.

  • Inspect as per pre-use inspection.
  • The detailed inspection follows the steps of the pre-use inspection with a higher level of scrutiny. Perform inspection in a well lit area.
  •  Note: Side flaps are to be opened as part of this inspection by pulling apart press stud, inspect as per step 1 of Pre-Use Inspection.
  • LSC recommends three categories, and it is the operators responsibility to determine which category they fit into.
  1. Passenger type operations where search and rescue is not performed – Carry out Detailed Inspection at 6 month intervals.
  2. Occasional use search and rescue operators, operations occasionally operate in water with a primary role being ambulance-related and inter-hospital transfer operations – Carry out detailed inspection at 3 month intervals.
  3. Exclusive Search and Rescue operations – over water or over land dedicated SAR helicopter that routinely operates in or train for SAR type operations, Coast Guard type operations that have a high flying rate – Carry out detailed inspections monthly.
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Required Tools, Expendables, and Consumables

Tools / Test Equipment Required

  • Dry, Filtered Compressed Air Source (20 psi maximum)
  • Air Pressure Gauge - 0-5 PSI
  • Vacuum Generator
  • O-ring/Gasket pick

Expendables Required

Consumables Required

  • Screen the flotation bladder and casing for damage as follows:
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  1. Unfold the flotation bladder.
  2. Remove the two CO2 cylinder from the inflation valve and set aside.
  • Minor fraying 
  1. Using an O-ring pick or similar tool, remove the old cylinder gaskets from the inflation valves.
  2. Install new cylinder gaskets, those specifically required for use in the inflation valves.
  3. Visually inspect the CO2 cylinders for corrosion or evidence of cross-threading.
  4. Replace if damage or corrosion is found.
  5. Visually inspect the CO2 cylinders for corrosion or evidence of cross-threading.
  6. Replace if damage or corrosion is found.
  • Inspect the CO2 inflation assembly as follows:
    1. Visually inspect the CO2 inflation valves for damaged threads and corrosion.
    2. Operate the inflation lever, assuring the lever(s) move freely and the cylinder puncturing pins move properly inside the valve bodies.
    3. Inspect the pull toggle and lanyards for damage.
  • Minor fraying 

Ensure the valve is installed right side up. Green arming indicator or red semi-circle will be visible when correctly installed.

  1. Open oral inflation tube locking valve by unscrewing counterclockwise from the tip of the oral inflator.
  2. Visually inspect the oral inflation tube for damage, security, and ease of operation of the valves.

Ensure the valve is installed right side up. Green arming indicator or red semi-circle will be visible when correctly installed.

  1. Open the oral inflation tube and inflate the bladder to one (1) PSIG.
  2. Visually inspect the outer nylon casing of the flotation bladder for cuts, tears, and excessive wear.
  3. Inspect the reflective tape on the bladder (if present) for security.

Ensure the valve is installed right side up. Green arming indicator or red semi-circle will be visible when correctly installed.

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  1. Inflate the chamber through the oral inflation tube to 2 PSIG.
  2. Wait 15 minutes for the air pressure in the flotation bladder to stabilize.
  3. During the 15-minute waiting period, apply Leak Test Compound to the oral inflation tube and CO2 inflation valve. Watch for signs of leakage.

DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the cylinder into the inflator body.

  1. If the oral inflation tube leaks through the valve, cycle the valve (push down and release) several times to clear any debris.
  2. Observe if the leak has stopped.  If the leak does not stop, or if the oral inflation tube leaks from any other location, replace the bladder. This is a non-repairable discrepancy.
  3. If a leak is detected from around the base or top of the CO2 inflation body or from inside the valve assembly, remove the inflation valve assembly and replace the Schrader valve.

Ensure the valve is installed right side up. Green arming indicator or red semi-circle will be visible when correctly installed.

  1. Re-install inflation valve assembly, re-inflate to 2 PSIG and retest for leakage.
  2. If leakage continues at valve stem, replace it with a new flotation bladder, and repeat the leak inspection steps.
  3. After the 15-minute waiting period, readjust the air pressure in the flotation bladder to 2 PSIG. Record the temperature, time, and air pressure. (LEAK TEST PRESSURE-TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT CHART)
  4. Close the oral inflation tube valve lock and allow the flotation bladder to remain undisturbed for 2 hours.
  5. After 2 hours, measure the air pressure in the flotation bladder. Record the temperature, time, and air pressure. Calculate the corrected air pressure. The corrected air pressure shall be 1.8 PSIG or higher.
  6. Deflate the vest by depressing the oral inflation valve and applying gentle pressure to the bladder to remove the air. A vacuum generator may be used to ensure all air has been removed from the first chamber.
  7. Close the oral inflation tube valve lock.
  8. Inspect CO2 cylinder for corrosion or damage and ensure the seal on the end of the cylinder is in good condition.
  9. Weigh the CO2 cylinder and compare the weight stamped on the cylinder with the scale weight. Replace cylinders if the scale weight is more than 2 grams under the stamped weight.
  10. Apply a light coat of Corrosion Preventive, Fluid Film, to the threads of the CO2 cylinder.

DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the cylinder into the inflator body.

  1. Thread the CO2 cylinder into the inflation assembly until fully seated, plus 1/4 turn.
  2. Replace the red lock pin in the inflation assembly body. (if required)
  3. Fold the bladder inside the vest case (as required)
  1. Test to be conducted in a stable temperature environment to ensure internal gasses do not expand or contract upon sudden temperature change.
  2. Remove all accessories from life-vest
  3. Visually inspect as per Detailed Inspection
  4. Activate inflation valve-cylinder
  5. Submerge life-vest in tub/tank/sink filled with clean fresh water to undertake a leak check, some bubbles will initially surface as air escapes for material and webbing. This should stabilize, inspecting for steady stream of bubbles from an identifiable location, that is continuous, will determine vest unserviceable.
  6. Place vest on table for 2 hours, vest should remain inflated for period of at least 2 hours.
  7. If vest passes deflate via oral inflation tube, repack by folding outer folds inwards and secure. press studs.
  8. Replace cylinder.

Temperature/Pressure Chart

This chart is to be used to accurately determine the correct test pressure results, as they are affected by temperature fluctuations in the workspace.

Select 'PRINT' in the top right corner of this page to print and use as an inspection recording document.


VEST SET I.D.:___________

Should cylinder be activated, replace as per Suspected Damage Criteria.


Do not use life-vest if any discrepancies are found.

  • Return to LSC authorized maintenance facility for detailed maintenance an inspection testing.
  1. If vest is installed on Triton Harness, remove in accordance with installation and removal instructions.
  2. Remove cylinder and retain if cylinder has not been actioned.
  3. Ensure vest assembly is clean and dry before shipping.
  4. Ship lying flat, not bunched up or folded over, in suitable packaging, either cardboard box or packing with cardboard protecting all sides of vest if sent in post pack bag.

Your Warranty

LSC products are warranted to the first consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of twelve (12) months.

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