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Protective Equipment Guidance Development - FY10

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  • Improve selection, use and maintenance of NIOSH approved CBRN respirators ultimately reducing incidences of respiratory related injury for more than 4 million career and volunteer corrections, emergency medical, fire fighting, law enforcement and essential follow-on responders.
Photos of first responders

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA 29CFR1910 .120 and 134
  • NFPA 472 and 473

Key Partners

  • DHS
  • IAB
  • NIST
  • DoD
  • NORA Services Sector/Public Safety Sub-Council


  • IAFC
  • IAFF
  • IACP
  • NAPO
  • CPWR
  • AIHA (Respiratory Protection Committee)
  • SDOs - NFPA, ISEA, ANSI (Z88.14), ASTM (E54.04)

Project Scope

  • Provide technical, training and analytical support service in the development of guidance documents related to the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment including NIOSH CBRN approved CBRN respirators.


  • Task #1 - Research, develop and document needs requirements and existing gaps in information necessary to develop effective training programs on CBRN respirator selection, usage, and maintenance.
  • Task #2 - Finalize seven (7) NPPTL draft training and guidance documents.
  • Task #3 - Produce a CBRN Respiratory Protective Device Handbook.
  • Task #4 - Provide facilitators and note takers to adequately cover each of the breakouts sessions and to draft Proceedings of the NIOSH PPT Program Third Annual Stakeholder Meeting.


  • Report detailing the priority training and guidance intervention needs for various PPE technologies
  • Five (5) - Selection, Use and Maintenance Fact Sheets for CBRN Respirators (SCBA, PAPR, APR, and APER Escape) and Batteries
  • Two (2) - CBRN Training Guides
  • CBRN Respiratory Protective Device Handbook
  • Proceedings from the PPT Program FY10 Stakeholders Meeting


  • Enable responders (law enforcement, corrections officers, firefighting, and emergency medical services) to comply with NFPA 472 and 473 standards and OSHA 29CFR1910.120 training requirements and support industrial hygienists and other occupational safety and health professionals to prepare respiratory protection programs which comply with 29CFR1910.134 requirements.
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