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B -- Dynamic Testing of Seat Restraint and Seat Track System for Use in the Ambulance Patient Compartment. - Amendment 2

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541380 — Testing Laboratories
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Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Acquisition and Assistance Field Branch (Pittsburgh), Post Office Box 18070, Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15236-0070
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Diane J Meeder, Phone: (412)386-4412
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Amend 2 12103 proposal due date change Amendment 2 Changes the proposal DUE date to August 6, 2010 2pm ET from July 23, 2010. Amendment 1 posted 6/25/10, requires signed acknowledgement with offer Proposals are DUE July 23, 2010 Questions are DUE June 30, 2010 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a requirement for Dynamic Testing of Seat Restraint and Seat Track System for Use in the Ambulance Patient Compartment. Together, NIOSH and the NTEA are continuing to investigate opportunities to improve the structural integrity of the patient compartment, seating systems, the patient litter, and equipment location and mounting utilizing existing NIOSH data. To that end, NIOSH, the NTEA-AMD, and its members have developed an SAE "Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice for Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity - Frontal Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment" to characterize the response of an ambulance when subjected to a full frontal crash into a barrier at 30 mph. This proposed document has been approved for further development by SAE and is now in its final revision with a vote to approve and accept as final expected this spring. It should be noted that while this is a standard requirement for all passenger vehicles weighing less than 8,500 lbs (in accordance with Federal Vehicle Motor Vehicle Safety Standards), virtually all U.S. ambulances operate above this weight and are, therefore, largely not required to meet this standard. Likewise, the partners seek to develop a companion "SAE Recommended Practice" to characterize an ambulance's response in a side impact event. Unfortunately, the team has been unable to identify a dataset in the public domain suitable for use in the development of such a standard. Therefore, a request for proposal was developed and posted in January 2010 to complete this work. A total of four (4) side impact tests will be performed. The resulting dataset will be used to support a well considered and defensible SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice for Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity - Side Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment (proposed). The testing is expected to be conducted in the spring of 2010, with the development of the proposed SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice for Side Impact Testing expected to be completed and approved by SAE in late fall 2010. The project team is also now completing development of a new AMD standard, "AMD STANDARD 026 - Proposed - SEAT, SEAT MOUNT AND OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DYNAMIC TEST." This newly proposed AMD standard establishes minimum requirements for testing of all patient compartment designated seating positions, seat mounting systems, and associated occupant restraints when installed per seat and restraint manufacturer's information. This is expected to be performed as a type test. While significant improvements in worker safety are expected as a result of these new standards, seating and restraint industry partners have freely acknowledged they have been unable to locate suitable seat and floor tracks to accommodate the unique mobility needs of EMS workers found during patient care activities. Those mobility needs stem from the nature of the work tasks expected of the EMS worker. Specifically, the EMS worker is expected to be able to address patient needs from head to foot. Given the length of the average person when in a supine position on a gurney, this nearly impossible to do while remaining seated and restrained. Therefore, the first objective is to investigate alternate floor track designs which would allow the worker to remain seated and restrained while accessing the full length of the patient, from head to toe, on a seat that is able to slide on a track along the length of the patient. The second objective of this contracting effort is to identify or design a seat track that will allow the patient to slide closer to or further from the patient while at a fixed location at the patient's side. The seat will need to lock and remain in place whether impact from the front or rear. Once both track systems have been identified, designed, and manufactured, the floor and seat tracks will be dynamically tested to the latest draft standards as part of a validation of both the test standards and the floor and seat track designs. II. Project Objectives Related to this Contract The Contract will conduct a market search to identify viable floor and seat track systems for use in ground ambulances to safely increase EMS worker access to the patient. If viable solutions cannot be identified, the Contractor will propose a new design to meet the challenges of this unique environment. Once designed and manufactured, the Contractor will install two or three different seat and restraint system combinations, supplied by commercial vendors as identified under a separate solicitation. Seating systems utilized will be single standalone seats (captain's chair. At the completion of this design and testing program the Contractor will have: 1. Developed a pedestal mounted seat track that can be be positioned in either a forward facing or aft facing orientation while retaining its ability to lock in place in the event of either a frontal or rear impact. 2. Developed a floor track that allows the worker to travel the length of the patient (e.g., 6 ft) in a track that will lock the seat firmly in place and retain the seat and worker with measured biomechanical values falling below limits specified by AMD STANDARD 026 - Proposed - SEAT, SEAT MOUNT AND OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DYNAMIC TEST". This requirement is being solicited on an unrestricted basis as full and open competition. The CDC expects a single award cost plus fixed fee with a period of performance of eighteen (18) months. The complete solicitation document, and reference material, if applicable, will be available for downloading at www.fedbizops.gov on or about May 13, 2010 and proposals will be due on or about June 14, 2010. No verbal or written requests for copies will be accepted. It is the responsibility of perspective offerors to stay abreast of additional postings regarding this solicitation at the FedBizOpps internet site.
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