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PAPR Standard - FY12

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  • Promulgate a new regulation specifically for PAPRS
People wearing 3 different Powered Air Purifying Respirators (P A P Rs)

Applicable Standards

  • CBRN statement of standards (PAPR)
  • 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • OSHA
  • ISEA


  • Respirator users
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • OSHA
  • Healthcare
  • NFPA

Project Scope

  • Prepare a new PAPR subpart for 42 CFR 84 to incorporate all PAPR requirements (including CBRN) into one area


  • 4Q FY12 Publish RFI In Federal Register


  • Establish regulatory requirements for PAPR class of respirator
  • Benchmark testing to establish flow required to maintain positive pressure in facepiece for proposed low work rate tight fitting PAPR to be used for canister/cartridge testing
  • Laboratory confirmation of previously established flows required to maintain positive pressure for other proposed work rates for both loose and tight fitting PAPR


  • Availability of improved CBRN and non CBRN certified PAPRs
  • Improve worker safety and health through the use of PAPR that meet updated nationally recognized standards
  • CBRN approval requirements integrated into overall standard
  • Allow for greater flexibility in design while providing improved performance
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