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Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER) Standard - FY07

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Current Information can be found at: Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER) Standard - FY08


  • Develop new certification standards for the approval of self-contained, closed-circuit breathing apparatus used for escape from atmospheres considered to be immediately dangerous to life and health.
Closed Circuit Escape respirator (C C E R) Test equipment

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • MSHA


  • BCOA
  • NMA
  • UMWA
  • USWA
  • SCSR manufacturers
  • SCSR Users

Project Scope

  • Develop new basis for measuring and rating duration of use.
  • Environmental challenges (heat, cold, as well as mechanical shock and vibration) to evaluate ruggedness against expected hazards.
  • Evaluate practical performance and human factors.
  • Periodic testing (LTFE) of field deployed apparatus, as well as voluntary registration.


  • Complete draft Notice for Propose Rulemaking (NPRM)
  • 2 Public meetings held in FY06 on Concept Standards
  • Initiate rulemaking procedure


  • New certification standards for self-contained, closed-circuit breathing apparatus used for escape.
  • New STPs
  • New SOPs


  • Improved overall performance, reliability, and safety of this type of respirator.
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)