Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers
August 12, 2014
Additional Information Regarding Upcoming NIOSH Manufacturers Meeting
This message is being sent as an update and clarification to the meeting announcement distributed at 1:32pm on Friday July 11, 2014, Subject: [NPPTL] Important Announcement from NPPTL regarding Manufacturers Meeting.
The purpose of this update is to provide a more complete explanation of the intent and content of the first meeting (August 27, 2014) described in that message. The information presented for the second meeting (October 22, 2014) remains unchanged
NIOSH NPPTL is holding two meetings for all respirator manufacturers and manufacturer application preparers, with other interested parties also welcome to participate.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. One purpose of this meeting is to announce the availability of processes and procedures whereby respirator certification applicants will be able to make certification fee payments using the features of the PAY.GOV system to make secure electronic fee payments to NPPTL. This meeting will provide guidance for applicants wishing to use the payment system through demonstrations, discussions, and a question and answer session to include implementation of the new NPPTL processes and procedures enabling electronic fee payments for respirator certification activities.
In response to stakeholder comments, NIOSH also will provide an expanded discussion of respirator approval processing times. Finally, NIOSH will discuss the Office of Mining Safety and Health Research activities related to docking switch-over values, hoods with inner masks for communication, and very high pressure cylinders.
The second meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. The primary topic remains a discussion of the updates to the Standard Application Procedure; however, stakeholders may provide thoughts about other topics of interest.
NIOSH NPPTL Meeting for All Respirator Manufacturers, August 27, 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is holding two meetings for all respirator manufacturers. Both meetings will take place at the NIOSH site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
All manufacturers, manufacturer application preparers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Remote participation will be available for both meetings. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. This meeting will focus on the Fee Schedule Implementation.
The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. The primary topic will be the updates to the Standard Application Procedure.
Registration is required for on-site as well as remote participation. Registration information for the October meeting will be available after August 28, 2014. The draft agenda is available on the NPPTL website. Presentations for the meeting will be posted the week prior to the meeting to enable those who wish to print a hard copy prior to the meeting time to do so.
Members of the Technology Evaluation Branch staff will be available for one-on-one meetings from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, August 26 and from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, August 28. If you would like to schedule time to discuss quality assurance, project review, certification issues, or lab operations and post-certification monitoring activities, please contact Tom Pouchot. Tom may also be reached by telephone at 412-386-4036.
Because the meeting is being held at the NIOSH NPPTL site, all participants must preregister by August 25, 2014 for the August 27 meeting. All meeting attendees are required to present valid photo identification before being admitted to the site. For U.S. citizens, a valid driver’s license is preferred. Foreign nationals must present the same documents submitted with the visitor registration form (current passport, entry visa, or permanent residency card) at the security gate on the day of their visit.
Non-U.S. citizens – There are additional requirements for non-U.S. citizens to enter a federal facility. In order for approval to access to be granted, all paperwork, including a copy of your passport, entry visa, or permanent residency card, must be submitted to NIOSH NPPTL by August 8.
Once your registration form, indicating you are not a U.S. Citizen, is received you will receive an email from International Visitor Requests (CDC). This email will include a link to a secure site requesting additional information. CDC approval must be established before entry to the CDC NIOSH site will be permitted. All foreign nationals must present the same documents submitted with the visitor registration form (current passport, entry visa, or permanent residency card) at the security gate on the day of your visit. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Karen Harvey at 412-386-4084.
Lodging: There are several hotels in close proximity to the NIOSH site.
Lunch: We will offer a box lunch option that will be delivered to the meeting room. The box lunch includes a sandwich, deli salad, chips, and a drink. The cost is $8.00 per person (cash only), which must be paid that morning. The selection information is included on the registration form.
Jonathan V. Szalajda
Technology Evaluation Branch, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory