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Role of Workplace Testing of Respirators as a Condition of Certification for the Federally Mandated NIOSH Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program.

Authors
Ettinger-HJ
Source
NIOSH 1991 Jun:14 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00202719
Abstract
This evaluation considered the practicality and advisability of incorporating workplace field testing as part of the formal NIOSH Respirator Certification process. According to the author, there is a need to more clearly define the objectives of the NIOSH Respirator Certification process, specifically to define more clearly the term certify. The author concludes that the definition of a single or a few representative facilities is likely to be impractical, that the impact of doing a field test will have some not yet defined effect on the measured workplace protection factors (WPF), that the lack of controls in the field will make testing reproducibility and variability unsatisfactory for use as a direct formal certification test, and that the slow rate of progress being made in developing a standard field test protocol suggests that standardization represents a potential problem. The author recommends two parallel approaches to complement certification laboratory test procedures. The first calls for NIOSH, with input from industry and manufacturers to develop a standard test protocol so that WPF can be determined under a variety of work situations using comparable test methods. Secondly, manufacturers should be required to perform some field testing which satisfies the previously published and agreed to test protocol.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Respiratory-protection; Safety-research; Equipment-reliability; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-health-programs; Respirators;
Publication Date
19910601
Document Type
Final Contract Report;
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-133271
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
Task-Order-9142219
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Respirator Research; Respirators;
Source Name
Los Alamos, New Mexico, NIOSH Purchase Order No. 9142219, 14 pages
State
NM;
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