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Respirator Testing and Certification (non-CBRN) -FY06

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Respirator Testing and Certification (non-CBRN) -FY07


  • Certify respirators to 42 CFR 84 in a more effective manner
Respirator users

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84
  • NIOSH policies and procedures

Key Partners

  • NFPA


  • Respirator users
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • Respirator manufacturers

Project Scope

  • Certify respirators per requirements of 42 CFR 84


  • Process respirators in a FIFO mode of operation within 90 days
  • Continue to prioritize filtering facepiece designs
  • Prepare for increase in PAPR requests leading to CBRN certification
  • Implement/evaluate new policies and procedures for
    • IAA testing improvements
    • CO2 deadspace testing
    • SAP upgrades


  • Respirator certification including improved reports of findings.


  • Reduced respirator certification processing times
  • More relevant records via system improvements
  • Less controversy resulting from subjective tests
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)