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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 PPE performance and end-of-service life.
Half Mask with sensor photos

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 of 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


  • Supply respirator manufacturers with sensor systems to integrate
  • Test sensor integrated cartridges
  • Determine changes to be incorporated into next iteration
  • Design Gen 6 sensor system


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 4)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx. 17)
  • 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 updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)