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Technology Research Branch - Overview FY10

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

Current Information can be found at: TRB Research Planning and Development - FY11


  • Supports the mission and vision of NIOSH PPT Program through scientific research and support of PPT standards
  • Maintain a quality and responsive research portfolio that fulfills high-priority PPT needs of our stakeholders in the areas of respiratory protection, sensors/electronics, human performance, and protective clothing/ensembles.

Applicable Standards

  • None

Key Partners

  • ASTM
  • ISO
  • NFPA
  • Other Gov't agencies
  • Universities
  • EG&G
  • National Academies



  • PPE manufacturers
  • PPE users
  • Policy makers
  • General public

Project Scope

  • Branch research projects support the development or implementation of PPE standards
  • 100% of new start research projects complete external scientific peer-review
  • Submit timely, informative monthly reports to NPPTL/OD
  • Maintain a database of relevant standards and NPPTL research projects that support them
  • Utilize project planning and tracking sheets to improve management of research projects and integration with strategic planning
  • Improve coordination with OD & other Branches
  • Focus on priority activities
  • Develop laboratory notebook policy


  • None


  • Project tracking sheets (milestones)
  • Database of PPE Standards and NPPTL Research
  • Joint Branch meetings
  • Database of Branch publications


  • Better tracking of project deliverables, timelines, and milestones
  • Better alignment with NIOSH PPT Program strategic objectives
  • Increased quality, impact, and relevance for Branch research
  • Balanced Branch research portfolio
Page last updated: April 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory