CDC logoSafer Healthier People CDC HomeCDC SearchCDC Health Topics A-Z
NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Skip navigation links Search NIOSH  |  NIOSH Home  |  NIOSH Topics  |  Site Index  |  Databases and Information Resources  |  NIOSH Products  |  Contact Us

Respirator-To-Ensemble Interoperability and Compatibility Benchmark Testing FY12

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


  • Conduct interoperability and compatibility benchmark testing on specific combinations of CBRN respirators and NFPA compliant CBRN protective ensembles

Photos of various respirators and ensembles

Applicable Standards

  • NIOSH CBRN Respirator Standards
  • NFPA 1994 Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to CBRN Terrorism Incidents, 2007 Edition (Class 2 and 3 Ensembles)

Key Partners

  • None


  • Local/State/Federal Hazardous Materials Response Teams
  • NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Certification Organizations & PPE Manufacturers

Project Scope

  • Conduct product performance evaluation/validation on combinations of NFPA 1994 Class 2 & 3 compliant ensembles with ensemble manufacturer specified NIOSH compliant CBRN respirators


  • Testing has been delayed until the new laboratory facilities have been completed in Morgantown, WV.


  • Guidance and requirements for NIOSH review, evaluation and validation of CBRN respirator configuration and approval when worn with a CBRN protective ensemble.


  • Modifications to NFPA Standards
  • Certification Organization establishment of requirements to address ensemble-to-respirator interface issues.
  • Enhanced inhalation and dermal protection
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory