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Respirator Testing and Certification - FY11

Objective

  • Efficient processing of respirator approval applications. This is an ongoing project that provides Congressionally mandated testing and certification of respirators. This CAN is focused on the actual testing and certification operations
Photos of respirator users

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR 84 et. Seq. and 29 CFR 1910.134
  • NIOSH policies and procedures

Key Partners

  • NFPA
  • OSHA
  • FDA
  • EPA
  • NRC
  • SEI
  • USA and International Respirator Manufacturers

Stakeholders

  • Respirator users
  • Respirator manufacturers
  • Enforcement agencies

Project Scope


  • Support testing activities
  • Support records keeping and FOIA activities
  • Maintenance and Calibration test equipment
  • Update Standard test protocols and ISO compliance
  • Liaison with stakeholders on testing issues

Milestones

  • Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFR) 136 process with an average of 39 days (70 days projected)
  • Non CBRN non FFR respirators, 101 processed with an average of 115 days (80 days projected)
  • Implement aging report on open projects

Outputs

  • 341 respirator approval actions, 255 approved, 86 denied or withdrawn
  • 4 new STPs completed
  • Letters completed, 528

Outcomes

  • Reduced respirator certification processing times
  • Increase the national inventory of respirators
  • Average processing time 65 days
Page last updated: August 15, 2011
Page last reviewed: August 15, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory