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Respirator Testing and Certification (non-CBRN)- FY09

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Current Information can be found at:Respirator Testing and Certification (non-CBRN) - FY10


  • Efficient processing of respirator approval applications
Photos of respirator users

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84
  • NIOSH policies and procedures

Key Partners

  • NFPA


  • Respirator users
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • Enforcement agencies

Project Scope

  • Process applications seeking NIOSH approval for respirator configuration


  • Complete application within 90 days of receipt
  • Implement/evaluate new policies and procedures for

    • IAA testing improvements
    • SAP upgrades continue
    • Implement aging report on open projects


  • 598 respirator approval projects closed in CY 2008


  • Reduced respirator certification processing times
  • Increase the national inventory of respirators
  • Approved respirators from 3 new manufacturers
  • Average processing time < 75 days
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