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Multi-Function PAPR -FY07

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  • To develop new comprehensive test standards for certifying multi-function PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators).
Man wearing Multifunction Powered Air Purifying Respirator (P A P R) with Helmet

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • MSHA


  • Firefighters and rescue personnel
  • Agricultural workers Agricultural workers
  • Miners
  • Medical personnel
  • Respirator Users
  • PPE Manufacturers

Project Scope

  • Conduct flow visualization testing on 2-loose and 1-tight fitting PAPRs. Human subject testing of facial leakage and testing for CO2 buildup for both loose and tight fitting PAPRs.


  • Complete facial leakage testing on loose and tight fitting PAPRs.
  • Complete testing on CO2 buildup
  • Peer Review of Draft Final Report


  • Final report detailing the results of the investigation (NIOSH Scientific publication)
  • Presentations at the AIHce
  • Publications in the AIHA Journal
  • Publications in ISRP Journal
  • Peer Reviewed articles of investigation on facial leakage and CO2 buildup
  • Draft standards for PAPRs incorporating PPT for protection against injury hazards


  • Availability of certified PPE providing protection from inhalation and injury hazards
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)