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  • Certify CBRN respirators in a more efficient manner
Firefighters on roof and woman wearing escape respirator with hood

Applicable Standards

  • CBRN statement of standards and applicable parts of 42 CFR 84
  • Polices and procedures

Key Partners

  • Respirator manufacturers
  • Regulatory agencies
  • User groups


  • Respirator users
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • Enforcement agencies

Project Scope

  • Process CBRN respirators in a FIFO mode of operation


  • Continue to increase the testing performed at NPPTL and minimize that performed at RDECOM
    • Fogging
    • Communication
    • LRPL
  • Prepare for CBRN PAPR implementation
    • Implement/evaluate new labels/user's instructions for CBRN PAPRS
    • New testing requirements


  • CBRN respirator certifications including reports of findings
  • Reduction in processing times where possible (Present range:15 weeks for SCBA to 43 weeks for CBRN APER)


  • Less delay waiting on RDECOM scheduling
  • Cost to manufacturers should actually fall as more work is performed at NPPTL as opposed to RDECOM
  • More control over a greater part of the certification process
  • Greater variety of products available to users
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)