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Breathing Protection

This page lists the projects we are currently working on to improve the breathing protection used by fire fighters. Also provided is a list of publications from our completed studies related to breathing protection among fire fighters.

Current Projects

NIOSH Respirator User Notices

Approved Respirator Standards: To protect Emergency Responders against CBRN agents in terrorist attacks

Fire fighter SCBA evaluations

Evaluation of NFPA 1991 vapor protective ensembles worn with CC-SCBAs

Respirator Testing and Certification


Field evaluation of a new prototype self-contained breathing apparatus (2011)

NIOSH Fact Sheet: What’s Special About CBRN Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)? (2011) Publication No. 2011-183

NIOSH Fact Sheet: NIOSH Approval Labels—Key Information to Protect Yourself (2011) Publication No. 2011-179

APR cartridge performance evaluation for firefighting (2008)

Method development study for APR cartridge evaluation in fire overhaul exposures (2007)

FDA AND NIOSH Public Health Notification: Oxygen Regulator Fires Resulting from Incorrect Use of CGA 870 Seals (2006)

Occupational burns from oxygen resuscitator fires: the hazard of aluminum regulators (2002)

SCBA oximetry for fire fighter physiologic monitoring (2002)

Fire incidents involving regulators used in portable oxygen systems (2001)

Effects of a Nosecup on Inspired Carbon Dioxide Concentration and Service Time in Selected Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (1996)

Health Hazard Evaluation: HETA 94-0244-2431 Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, Tennessee (1994) [PDF 327 KB, 39 pages]

Health Hazard Evaluation: HETA 93-0040-2315 Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage, Alaska (1993) [PDF 201 KB, 14 pages]

NIOSH warns workers about explosive respirator cylinders (1993)

Visual Inspection And Laboratory Test Report On U.S. Divers Survivair Respirator (1981)

Developing SCBA Mechanical Stress Resistance Tests for Firefighting (1981)

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