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Development of PPE Ensemble Test Methods - FY06

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Current Information can be found at: Development of PPE Ensemble Test Methods - FY07

Objective

  • 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
Front and Rear view of human body diagram

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23
  • NFPA 1994, 1971, 1951

Key Partners

  • 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

Stakeholders

  • PPE manufacturers
  • Firefighters
  • ASTM
  • NFPA
  • IAFF
  • IAFC

Project Scope

  • 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

Milestones

  • 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)

Outputs

  • 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)

Outcomes

  • 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.
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)