For Respirator Manufacturers
Certification Support, Test Procedures, Standards, and User Notices
Respirator Certification Information
Respirator Certification Fees Final Rule
The new fees schedule is effective May 26, 2015
New Fees for Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) Testing Portion of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Approval
The new fees are effective September 1, 2014.
NIOSH and DHHS logos – for use by manufacturers on labels for NIOSH-approved respirators.
If you require the logos in another format, or different resolution please contact the health communications group at 412-386-5224 or 412-386-5368.
Standard Application Procedure for the Certification of Respirators Under 42 CFR 84 [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Applicants should contact the records room at RecordsRoom@cdc.gov or 412-386-5320 and review the entire document before submitting a respirator for approval.
Standard Test Procedures (STPs)
Each respirator and component submitted for certification must meet the applicable requirements outlined in 42 CFR Part 84 subparts H through L. The standard test procedures used by NIOSH are listed in this section.
Colors for Respirator Element Labeling
The color coding requirements of labels for canisters and cartridges as a means for secondary identification.
Respirator Certification Program Decision Review Process [PDF - 593 KB]
A structured process that enables stakeholders to request a review of decisions regarding NPPTL policy statements, test procedures, and test results pertaining to ongoing respirator certification activities.
NIOSH 42 CFR Part 84, Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices
This rule addresses NIOSH certification requirements for respiratory protective devices.
Respirator User Notices
Notices are provided to inform users of a condition or risk that may exist with a NIOSH-certified product.
- NIOSH-Issued Notices
- Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval
- Respirator User Notices Issued by NIOSH Prior to 2014
- Notices Issued by Manufacturers
NIOSH and MSHA Investigation of CSE SR 100 Starter Oxygen Assembly
(Updated August 2, 2011)
A joint investigation concerning a problem with SR 100 Self-Contained Self-Rescuer.
- Amendments to Respirator Certification Fees
- Air-Purifying Escape Respirator (APER) with CBRN Protection
- Air-Purifying Respirator (APR) with CBRN Protection
- Powered-Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) with CBRN Protection
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with CBRN Protection
- Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (OCSBA)
- Closed-Circuit Escape Respirators (CCER)
Status of Current Certification Projects
Lists of certification projects that are currently being processed, indicating the dates that processing steps were begun and completed.
Additional Resources and Technical Support
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
A source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.
Anthropometric Data and ISO Digital Headforms
Using data collected in a 2003 survey, parameters for headforms in five size categories were developed. The 2D and 3D data is available from NIOSH.
Saving Lives: Building a Better Face Mask
Video featuring NIOSH NPPTL research to build a better face mask using facial measurements.
NIOSH No Fit Test Respirator Research Workshop
This workshop focused on the nature and process of product innovation and development in negative pressure half-facepiece respirators to gauge the current "state of the art" and to stimulate new designs or approaches for improved respirator fit.
Certified Equipment List (CEL)
A searchable list of commercially-available, respiratory personal protective devices certified by NIOSH to meet the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84.
Letters to All Manufacturers and Interested Parties
Official letters announcing public meetings, new requirements, NIOSH policies and other relevant information for our stakeholders.
Proposed Sampling Plans [PDF - 232 KB]
Technical analysis of proposed sampling plans, their statistical equivalence, and comparison with sampling plans covered by existing requirements of 42 CFR Part 84, Subpart E, §84.4. Supplement to: Quality Assurance Requirements for Respirators; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 238, Wednesday December 10, 2008
Technical support is available by calling 412-386-4000 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Page last reviewed: December 10, 2014
- Page last updated: April 18, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory