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Personal Protective Equipment for Responders - FY12

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  • Identify unmet needs for effective and operationally suitable PPE related to recovery and restoration operations
  • Development of performance requirements and standards for recovery/restoration workers and special populations for respiratory and dermal protective clothing and equipment

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA
  • ANSI

Key Partners

  • DHS
  • FBI
  • TSWG
  • DHHS
  • CDC
  • OSHA
  • DOD
  • NIJ
  • DOS


  • DOS
  • EPA
  • DOL
  • DHS
  • DHHS
  • FEMA
  • Skilled Trade Worker Associations
  • Recovery/Restoration Companies

Project Scope

  • Prepare an assessment that identifies respirator and chemical protective clothing requirements needs/gaps for recovery/restoration and special populations
  • Conduct research on PPE performance requirements, test method development, and standards development
  • Leverage existing research and product specifications existing with DOS, TSWG, NPPTL, EPA, OSHA, and Foreign Partners
  • DOS/TSWG/ECBC respirator testing for U.S. Foreign Embassy Personnel and Families
  • EPA expertise such as National Response Team (NRT) and OSHA Disaster Site Worker Training Course


  • None


  • PPE Needs Assessment/Gaps Analysis
  • Unique Performance Requirements/Standard Test Procedures
  • Final Deliverables will be a Project letter Report to DHS 4QFY12


  • Identification of data driven requirements for PPE performance standards developed by other Federal agencies
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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