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Air Fed Ensembles FY10

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Current Information can be found at: Air Fed Ensembles - FY11


  • Develop a subpart to 42 CFR 84 to address ensemble technology where the ensemble acts as the respirator
People wearing Air Fed Ensembles

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84 Subpart J

Key Partners

  • Air Fed Suit manufacturers
  • Regulatory agencies (OSHA)
  • User groups (DOE,CDC,US Army, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Industries)
  • ASTM F23



  • Air Fed Suit users
  • Air Fed Suit manufacturers
  • Enforcement agencies

Project Scope

  • Develop a subpart for 42 CFR 84 regarding air ensemble respiratory protection requirements


  • Q3 Benchmark Testing of current air fed ensemble technology
  • Q3-4 Revise concept paper and post to web
  • Q4 Conduct Public meeting to solicit stakeholder feedback


  • Develop a separate subpart for 42 CFR 84 that will allow for the certification of air-fed ensembles providing respiratory protection features


  • Improve worker safety and health through use of air fed ensembles that meet national recognized standards. Performance criteria and specifications for air-fed protective ensembles do not currently exist
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