Reusability of Filtering Facepiece Respirators – FY09
- 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
- ASTM F23.3 / E35.15
- 42 CFR
- ISO TC94/SC15
- TSWG (funding)
- Healthcare workers
- Hospital administrators
- Policy makers
- General public
- 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 Submit Task 2 manuscript for development and validation of a droplet test method (DPARTS) to a peer reviewed journal.
- Q2 Submit Task 6 fit-test protocol to HSRB.
- Q3 Submit manuscript on effect of decontamination methods on FFR strap elasticity to peer reviewed journal.
- Q4 Submit Task 6 manuscript on effects of decontamination on FFR fit for internal review.
- Manuscripts published in peer review journals (4 completed to date)
- Presentations at conferences (approx. 3)
- Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx. 5)
- Contractor reports (Battelle reports completed July 2008)
- 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