To develop innovative Man-In-Simulant Testing (MIST) methodology for evaluating overall integrity of protective ensembles against particulate threats. The research findings will be used for developing ASTM and NFPA new standards
NFPA 1994, 1971, 1951
ASTM: develop aerosol MIST standard
NFPA: incorporate research outputs into its standards
RTI/Battelle: evaluate developed method in their MIST with collaborative work
IPP, Inc.: review research proposal
Develop and evaluate a passive aerosol sampler (PAS) with zero flow for more accurate determination of aerosol particle/nanoparticle penetration through ensembles
Develop methodology for aerosol MIST using the PAS to improve current aerosol MIST methods
Evaluate the developed methodologies in a MIST laboratory using commonly used protective ensembles
Selected appropriate coating for PAS (10/05)
Submitted an abstract on aerosol MIST to AIHce06 (10/05)
Presented preliminary results at "Advance Personal Protective Equipment" conference (10/18/05)
Stakeholders reviewed draft research proposal and provided feedback (02/06 - 04/06)
Complete peer-review of the proposal (6/30/06)
Complete installation of major equipment in B13 (9/30/06)
Presented PAS preliminary results at "Advance Personal Protective Equipment" conference at Virginia Tech (10/18/05)
Submitted a literature review paper on human whole-body exposure/MIST chamber to Documentum for JO&EH publication (04/06)
Present aerosol MIST work at AIHce06 in Chicago (05/06)
The developed methods would allow the determination of protection factors for particles to ensure that first responders are adequately protected.
The research findings will be used by ASTM and NFPA to develop new standards.
Manufacturers of PPE will benefit by having better test methods for assessing their current and future products.
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