NIOSH Docket Number 148-A
Air Fed Ensembles (AFE)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is working to develop appropriate standards and test procedures for respiratory protective devices (RPD) used to protect workers in hazardous environments. NIOSH has initiated a program to update or create portions of Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 84 (42 CFR Part 84) to promote improved performance and reliability of air-fed ensembles (AFE).
The AFE concept paper was presented at the September 17, 2009 public meeting. Comments on this concept paper were accepted through November 19, 2009. Interested persons or organizations were invited to participate in this process by submitting written views, arguments, recommendations, and scientific data on any topic related to this concept paper.
A previous public meeting was held on December 2, 2008, to discuss the development plan for the creation of a subpart to 42 CFR Part 84 to address air-fed ensemble performance requirements. The documents relating to the development plan and the initial public meeting are included in Docket Number 148
NIOSH has strategically determined that adoption of all future respirator standards will be accomplished in a modular fashion using the informal rulemaking process resulting in a revised 42 CFR Part 84; thus, the new AFE performance standard will be adopted using this process.
Official comments provided to Docket Number 148A relating to the proposed Draft Concept for Air-fed Ensembles, August 25, 2009, shall be evaluated and be considered in developing the next draft concept and throughout the informal rulemaking process.
Live Meeting Registration; NIOSH PPT Public Meeting; 9/17/09 [PDF - 999 KB]
NIOSH Meeting Registration; Pittsburgh, PA; 9/17/09 [PDF - 3,508 KB]
Presentation "Air-Fed Ensembles" by Szalajda (NIOSH); 9/17/09 [PDF - 3,760 KB]
Presentation "Air-Fed Ensembles (AFE) Panel Discussion;" 9/17/09 [PDF - 5,941 KB]
Submissions in order of receipt
Submission to the docket from Zimmermann (Sperian) – 10/19/09 [PDF - 2,046 KB]
Submission to the docket from Sell (Drager Safety, Inc.) – 11/17/09 [PDF - 2,523 KB]
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