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CBRN Guidance Documents - FY09

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Current Information can be found at: Protective Equipment Guidance Development - FY10


  • Publish user guidance documents focused on:

    • CBRN respirators
    • CBRN recognition
    • Cautions and limitations interpretation
    • Standardization of terms
Diagram of (C B R N) (S C B A)

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR Part 84 with Letters to Manufacturers
  • 29 CFR 1910 .134, .156, and 30 CFR 311
  • NFPA 1981, 1404, and 1852

Key Partners

  • NIST
  • ECBC
  • NFPA
  • DHS
  • OSHA
  • EPA


  • ISEA
  • AIHA
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • USSS
  • FBI
  • NTOA
  • IAB
Firefighter wearing S C B A

Project Scope

  • Conduct research and write recommendations for use of CBRN respirators before, during, and after an incident. Compliment text with supporting images
  • Attend user training academies for validation of guidance


  • Q2 Reconcile comments to latest draft
  • Q3 Use contractor to finalize documents
  • Q4 Submit products for approval


  • CBRN SCBA Reference Guide - Draft
  • Training Aid for the Use of CBRN SCBA - Draft
  • CBRN APR User's Guide - Internal Draft
  • CBRN APER User's Guide - Working Draft


  • Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Stakeholders adopt user guidance documents
  • User guidance saves lives in actual terrorism attack
Person wearing (C B R N) ensemble
Page last updated: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory