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"No-Fit-Test" Filtering-Facepiece Respirator Workshop and Research Roadmap - FY08


  • To better understand the interdisciplinary research needs and challenges in developing and certifying a universal "no-fit-test" filtering-facepiece respirator
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Applicable Standards

  • None

Key Partners

  • TBD


  • Respirator users
  • Researchers
  • Respirator manufacturers

Project Scope

  • Workshop that brings together respirator manufacturers, researchers (anthropometrics, materials, industrial hygiene, etc) , government policy experts, and users to discuss the research needs and challenges associated with developing an FFR with enhanced fitting characteristics
  • Final report from the workshop and recommendations for research that would improve the fitting characteristics of FFR


  • Q1 solicit bids
  • Q2 award to a contractor to organize workshop and produce a final report
  • Q3 literature review (unique sealing surfaces, sealing indicators, anthropometrics, etc.)
  • Q4 Conduct workshop at NPPTL (or Pittsburgh area)


  • Workshop on Research needed to achieve a "No-fit-test" filtering-facepiece respirator
  • Final report describing the current state of the art, and recommended research priorities


  • This information is used by manufacturers to develop better fitting respirators
  • Research organizations (NPPTL, OEP, etc) will use this information to prioritize research needs


Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)