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Certified Equipment List

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, under the authorization of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, administers a testing and certification program assuring commercial availability of respiratory protective devices which conform to the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84. NIOSH tests and certifies (or approves) respiratory protective devices, and purchases certified products on the open market to verify continued compliance with the requirements of the 42 CFR, Part 84.

Searchable Certified Equipment List

If you have comments or suggestions, please write to:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
P.O. Box 18070
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
npptl@cdc.gov

Changes to the Certified Equipment List

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-144
As of March 31, 2002

Since the Certified Equipment List was released in printed copy on September 30, 1993, NIOSH has received numerous comments on the publication. NIOSH commissioned a survey of users and partners (including manufacturers, labor unions, safety directors, industrial hygienists, enforcement personnel, and others) to determine the best format for this document and essential information required on each device listed.

Several changes were made to the format based upon the survey results. These modifications include discontinuing abbreviations and acronyms. The model information returns as the Product Trade Name so that users can readily identify certified products from packaging and advertising brochures. An address, contact person, and phone number are provided for each approval-holding manufacturer. Hose length and pressure range information for supplied air respirators is still eliminated out of concern that the user may rely solely upon the Certified Equipment List instead of the Users Instruction Manual for this critical information. Because of modifications made from time to time by the respirator manufacturer, all respirators with the same certification number may not have the same pressure requirements and hose length options. Currently, the only accurate source for this information is the NIOSH approval label on older models and Users Instruction Manuals.

Since 1993, the Certified Equipment List has added over 5,100 approved devices so that the total list now includes over 7,100 products. Because of the document size and low utilization in the printed form, NIOSH is making this list available in electronic format. If you have comments or suggestions, please write to:

Chief, Respirator Branch
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
P.O. Box 18070
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
npptl@cdc.gov

 
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