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Development of PPE Ensemble Test Methods - FY07

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Development of PPE Ensemble Test Methods - FY08

Objective

  • To develop innovative test methods for evaluating the integrity of protective clothing and ensembles against aerosol particulate challenges.
Sensor photo and top view diagram

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23
  • NFPA 1994, 1971, 1951

Key Partners

  • DuPont NOSH consortium
  • NIOSH NTRC

Stakeholders

  • PPE manufacturers
  • Firefighters
  • ASTM
  • NFPA
  • IAFF
  • NIOSH NTRC
  • DuPont NOSH consortium
Sensor diagram side view

Project Scope


  • Develop and evaluate a passive aerosol sampler (PAS) for more accurate determination of aerosol particle (including nanoparticle) penetration through ensembles
  • Develop and validate a predictive model for nanoparticle penetration through non-woven fabrics (FY08 proposal)

Milestones

  • Q1 Complete project peer-review process for Z1NQ
  • Q2 Complete lab set-up and construct prototype PAS
  • Q3 Optimize test methods using the PAS for the determination of aerosol particle penetration
  • Q4 Complete peer-review process for a NIOSH NTRC project to develop and validate a predictive model for nanoparticle penetration through protective clothing

Outputs

  • Final report, published papers
  • National/international conference(s) presentation

Outcomes

  • Data from study is used to improve NIOSH guidance on the penetration of nanoparticles through protective clothing and ensembles
  • The use of the PAS is incorporated into new ASTM laboratory bench-scale test procedures
  • New research project on developing improved aerosol systems-level man-in-simulant testing (MIST) using the PAS
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)