CDC logoSafer Healthier People CDC HomeCDC SearchCDC Health Topics A-Z
NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Skip navigation links Search NIOSH  |  NIOSH Home  |  NIOSH Topics  |  Site Index  |  Databases and Information Resources  |  NIOSH Products  |  Contact Us

Multi-Function PAPR -FY06

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Multi-Function PAPR - FY07


  • To develop new comprehensive test standards for certifying multi-function PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators)
Man wearing Multifunction Powered Air Purifying Respirator with Helmet

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • MSHA has provided a technical expert to collaborate.


  • Firefighters and rescue personnel
  • Agriculture
  • Miners
  • Medical personnel

Project Scope

  • Conduct flow visualization testing on 2-loose and 1-tight fitting PAPRs. Started human subject testing on facial leakage.
  • Developed and started conducted testing on CO2 buildup for both loose and tight fitting PAPRs.


  • Draft Final Report.
  • Complete facial leakage testing on loose and tight fitting PAPRs.
  • Complete testing on CO2 buildup.
  • Draft reports of investigation on facial leakage and CO2 buildup.


  • Final report detailing the results of the investigation (NIOSH numbered document) as well as specifying draft standards.
  • Presentations at the AIHce
  • Publications in the AIHA Journal
  • Publications in ISRP Journal


  • Draft standards for PAPRs
  • Updated performance requirements to improve respirator user safety and health
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)