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Reusability of Filtering Facepiece Respirators - FY07

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Reusability of Filtering Facepiece Respirators - FY08


  • Examine the efficacy and effect of simple decontamination procedures for filtering facepiece respirators (FFR)
  • Examine the risks associated with handling an FFR exposed to viral aerosols
Document cover showing man wearing filtering face piece respirator (FFR)

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23.3
  • 42 CFR
  • ISO TC94/SC15

Key Partners

  • FDA
  • EPA
  • ASTM


  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospital administrators
  • Policy makers
  • General public

Project Scope

  • Select Appropriate Decontamination Methods for Testing
  • Effect of Decontamination on FFR Filtration Performance
  • Test Protocol for Measuring the Efficacy of Decontamination
  • Measurement of the Viability of Viruses Trapped on FFR
  • Measurement of the Reaerosolization of Trapped Viruses
  • Effect of Decontamination on Respirator Fit
  • Produce Guidance Documents


  • Q1 Complete Reer Review
  • Q1 Solicit Partners
  • Q1 FRN to solicit Partners
  • Q3 Initiate experiments
  • Q3 Complete MOUs w/ manufacturers of antimicrobial respirators


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings


  • This project will provide the scientific basis for NIOSH recommendations related to the reusability of filtering facepiece respirators
  • ASTM standardized test practices for measurement of decontamination efficacy of filter media and respirators
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)