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Respirator Training/UI Standard – FY09

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

Current Information can be found at: CBRN PPE Training Standard: FY10 - FY11


  • Provide users with a common training requirement standard for the use of respirators. Provide approval holders with a common user instruction (UI) format.
    • Assess UI impact in the workplace
    • Define UI variations in applications
    • Assess minimum national training requirements for use of a respirator
    • Identify improvements to training and use requirements
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Applicable Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910 .120/134
  • NFPA 1404 and NIJ CBRN PPE standard
  • NIOSH HAZWOPER Publication No. 85-115
  • OSHA Disaster Site Worker Training Program Guideline

Key Partners

  • DHS
  • OSHA
  • EPA


  • Labor unions
  • ISEA
  • AIHA
  • IAB
  • NTOA
  • IAFF
  • IAFC
  • National
  • State
  • Local public safety training academies

Project Scope

  • 42CFR84: UI, training, or training/use “module”
  • Respirator UI role in training the wearer
  • Standardize the minimum information for a NIOSH UI
  • “No-Fit Test” workshop showed a need for a respirator training standard by occupational workplace
  • Propose a TCM for updating NIOSH Pub no. 85 -115


  • Q3 Draft UI format complete
  • Q3 Inter-Branch review of UI format
  • Q4 Draft training standard written


  • Training topics of NIOSH/OSHA/USCG/EPA HAZWOPER manual is updated
  • Standard is adopted by DHS, IAB, NFPA or NTOA
  • UI are standardized


  • Users have common skills
  • SDO adopt the standard
  • Approval holders use UI format
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Page last updated: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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