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December 2010
NIOSH Docket Number 147

Reevaluation of the NIOSH policy on emergency escape support breathing system or "buddy-breather" device used with open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus

The NIOSH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is currently reevaluating the NIOSH policy stated in the letter dated November 6, 1984, Subject: Notice to all respirator manufacturers with MSHA/NIOSH Approved Respirators. The NIOSH letter states the following:

  • "The use of any component, connected, interfaced, or assembled in combination with MSHA/NIOSH certified self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for use as an emergency escape support breathing system or "Buddy Breather" to allow more than one individual access to the apparatus’ life support system(s) either directly or indirectly, automatically voids the applicable certification during its use, Such invalidation continues in effect until the SCBA to the certification status through required maintenance, test checkout, and reassembly as prescribed by the manufacturer’s instruction manual any other applicable user company policy/rules, legislative directives or enforceable regulations applicable to user health and safety. Respirator manufacturers must not state in advertising or instructional literature, that use of such components is approved by MSHA/NIOSH."

This subject was discussed at a NIOSH-sponsored public meeting that was held on December 9, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.

Background Materials

Letter to Mr. Daniel Rossos, Chairman, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), dated 6/7/12 [PDF - 78 KB]

Notice to all respirator manufacturers with MSHA/NIOSH approved respirators, dated 11/6/84 [PDF - 27 KB]

Meeting – December 9, 2010 at Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport

Notice of public meeting; 75 FR 65281; Notice of a public meeting to discuss NIOSH’s Respirator Standards Development Efforts; 10/22/10 [PDF - 2,515 KB]

Presentation on meeting overview; 12/9/10 [PDF - 14,051 KB]

Presentation by Jonathan Szalajda (NIOSH) entitled "Reevaluation of the NIOSH policy on emergency escape support breathing system or "buddy-breather" device used with open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus"; 12/9/10 [PDF - 12,325 KB]

Presentation by Clint Kaller (LA County Fire Department) entitled "Emergency Breathing Safety Systems (EBSS)"; 12/9/10  [PDF - 27,838 KB]

Presentation by Deborah Crisher (Virginia Beach Fire Department) entitled "Allied Technology Fire Mayday Event"; 12/9/10 [PDF - 17,515 KB]

Presentation by William Flint (District of Columbia Fire & EMS) entitled "NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment"; 12/9/10 [PDF - 18,544 KB]

Presentation entitled "Panel Discussion"; 12/9/10 [PDF - 5,883 KB]

Registration for meeting; 12/9/10 [PDF - 4,228 KB]

Registration for participants participating via remote access; 12/9/10 [PDF - 856 KB]

Meeting transcript; 12/9/10 [PDF - 144,907 KB]

Submissions in Order of Receipt

Submission to NIOSH Docket from DePew (Kerhonkson Fire/Rescue); 12/2/10 [PDF - 533 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Dunn (Utica Fire Department); 12/2/10 [PDF - 511 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Godfroy (Lebanon Valley Protective Association); 12/2/10 [PDF - 421 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Knickerbocker (Cortland Fire Department); 12/2/10 [PDF - 396 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Schlicher (New York State Fire); 12/2/10 [PDF - 514 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Irish (Garrison Vol. Fire Co.); 12/3/10 [PDF - 394 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Simmons (North Chittenango Volunteer Fire Company); 12/3/10 [PDF - 535 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Chisnell (Virginia Beach Fire Department); 12/14/10 [PDF - 614 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Ranay (Virginia Beach Fire); 12/14/10 [PDF - 614 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Hunter (Private person); 12/15/10 [PDF - 563 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Russell (Virginia Beach Fire Department); 12/16/10 [PDF - 441 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Pravetz (Virginia Beach Fire Department); 12/13/10 [PDF - 483 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Wade (Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue); 12/14/10 [PDF - 603 KB]

Submission to NIOSH Docket from Scott (Virginia Beach Fire Department); 12/14/10 [PDF - 470 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Brandenburg (Loudoun Country Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management);12/22/10 [PDF - 1,153 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Rubin (DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department);12/22/10 [PDF - 647 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Southall (Virginia Beach Fire); 12/2310 [PDF - 393 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Dorsey (West County EMS and Fire Protection District); 12/23/10 [PDF - 543 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Scofield (Melrose Fire Department); 12/29/10 [PDF - 1,127 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Finney (Roseville Fire Department); 1/14/11 [PDF - 490 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from O’Camb (El Dorado Hills Fire Department); 1/18/11 [PDF - 547 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Ramirez (LA County Fire Department); 1/19/11 [PDF - 430 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Moreno (Los Angeles County Fire Department); 1/19/11 [PDF - 485 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Flesher (Private person); 1/19/11 [PDF - 404 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Crook (Santa Fe Fire-Rescue); 1/20/11 [PDF - 442 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Newell (Beverly Hills Fire Department); 1/20/11 [PDF - 427 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Harrison (Los Angeles County Fire Department); 1/20/11 [PDF - 512 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from O’Brien (DeKalb County Fire Rescue); 1/21/11 [PDF - 508 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Deprez (Sterling Heights Fire Department); 1/21/11 [PDF - 620 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from LaPlant (Ventura County Fire Protection District); 1/21/11 [PDF - 497 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Matta (Los Angeles County Fire Department) – 1/21/11 [PDF - 427 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Duke (Sterling Heights Fire Department) – 1/21/11 [PDF - 437 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Mainar (San Diego Fire-Rescue Department) – 1/21/11 [PDF - 749 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Bloomquist (West Shore Fire District) – 1/21/11 [PDF - 1,762 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Tubbs (Santa Fe Springs Fire Rescue) – 1/22/11 [PDF - 453 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Shafer (Greencastle Fire Department) – 1/23/11 [PDF - 1,162 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Vita (City of Fairfax Fire Department) – 1/23/11 [PDF - 472 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Colbert (Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) – 1/23/11 [PDF - 614 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Bell (Santa Barbara County Fire Department) – 1/23/11 [PDF - 684 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Smith (Charlotte Fire Department) – 1/24/11 [PDF - 423 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Minahan (Lionville Fire Company) – 1/24/11 [PDF - 350 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Henke (Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District) – 1/25/11 [PDF - 1,496 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Schiller (City of Ontario Fire Department) – 1/25/11 [PDF - 319 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Hume (Farmington Hills Fire Department) – 1/25/11 [PDF - 402 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Hullinger (Troy Fire Department) – 1/25/11 [PDF - 494 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Rapp (City of Downey Fire Department) – 1/26/11 [PDF - 417 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Cabrera (Los Angeles County Fire Department) – 1/26/11 [PDF - 460 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from George (New Haven Fire Department) – 1/26/11 [PDF - 398 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Rogers (Baltimore County Fire Department) – 1/27/11 [PDF - 520 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Stott (Private person) – 1/27/11 [PDF - 422 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Luedeke (Needville Fire Department) – 1/27/11 [PDF - 521 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Lewis (City of Passaic Fire Department) – 1/28/11 [PDF - 561 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Erickson (South Montgomery County Fire Department) – 1/28/11 [PDF - 773 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Bolduc (former chief, Demarest Fire Department) – 1/28/11 [PDF - 426 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Carter (Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue) – 1/29/11 [PDF - 674 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Walker (Contra Costa County Fire Protection District) – 1/30/11 [PDF - 492 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Chapman (Los Angeles County Fire Department) – 1/30/11 [PDF - 508 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Emrick (Los Angeles County Fire Department) – 1/30/11 [PDF - 516 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Kaller (Los Angeles County Fire Department) – 1/30/11 [PDF - 27,838 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Welsh (CAL/OSHA) – 1/31/11 [PDF - 2,944 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Nida (California State Firefighters' Association) – 1/31/11 [PDF - 1,315 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Rhodes (Georgia Smoke Diver Association) – 1/31/11 [PDF - 627 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Lawrence (Department of Homeland Security) – 1/31/1 [PDF - 646 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Schultheis (Mooresville Fire Department) – 1/31/11 [PDF - 475 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Sell (Dräger Safety, Inc.) – 1/31/11 [PDF - 1,416 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Brandell (Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) – 2/1/11 [PDF - 542 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Anaya (Private person) – 2/4/11 [PDF - 734 KB]

Submission to the NIOSH Docket from Corso (Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) – 2/10/11 [PDF - 467 KB]

 

 
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