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New Sensor Technology Development and Integration for End of Service Life Indicators-FY07

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Current Information can be found at: New Sensor Technology Development and Integration for End of Service Life Indicators - FY08


  • This project will develop sensor systems for integration into personal protective equipment (PPE). These sensor systems will provide information regarding the PPE performance and end-of-service life.
Half mask with sensor systems

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA standard 1910.134(d)(3)(iii)(B)(2) 42 CFR Part 84 Subpart G, Section 84.1157. Vol 60, Number 110

Key Partners

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Research partner
  • U. S. Air Force AFOSR, Funding partner


  • General industry workers and emergency responders

Project Scope

  • Development partnerships with technology providers and manufacturers
  • Test prototype chemical sensors systems
  • Construct cartridge simulator test bed
  • Collaborate with manufacturers to test sensor package integrated into respirator cartridges


  • Assessment of intermediate design integrated sensor arrays
  • Initial implementation of real-time analysis of sensor array data
  • Test results with analytes and humidity
  • Deliver 80 improved sensor packages for distribution to manufacturers


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 3)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx. 15)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx. 7)


  • Respirators with ELSI/RSLI capabilities are the first likely commercial products to result from this work.
  • Implementation of these devices in respirators could result in modification of certification standards.
Page last modified: July 20, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 20, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)