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Outputs: Archived Conferences

NIOSH has conducted the following conferences over the past several years to obtain stakeholder input to program and project planning in the areas of research, standards development, PPE evaluation, and respirator certification activities:


NIOSH Archived Public Meetings

National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Public Meeting
December 2, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The NIOSH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), conducted a public meeting on December 2, 2008 to discuss current respirator standards development projects for powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR); air fed suits; and open-circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus, end-of-service-life indicators. The NIOSH Personal Protective Technology program action planning to address National Academies program evaluation recommendations were also discussed. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport, 1111 Airport Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15231 .

National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Public Meeting
August 20, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The NIOSH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), conducted a public meeting on August 20, 2008 to discuss current respirator standards development projects for closed-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus; the reevaluation of NIOSH limitations on and precaution for safe use of positive-pressure closed-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus; supplied air respirators; and the mechanical connector design used in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Air-Purifying Respirator (APR). The meeting was held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1122.

National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Public Meeting
June 26, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NIOSH is moving forward on plans to develop Total Inward Leakage (TIL) testing as part of respirator certification. TIL requirements will initially be required for half-mask air-purifying particulate filtering respirator certification with plans to later include similar requirements for all respirator certifications. Recent trends in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE) testing have focused on the need to effectively evaluate PPE systems performance for TIL under laboratory conditions. While total inward leakage testing performed under laboratory conditions does not necessarily reflect expected actual field level PPE performance, it does represent a criterion for performance that influences PPE design. Although TIL testing is intended to quantify the ability of respirators to fit a range of individuals, it is not intended to replace individual fit testing as mandated by OSHA.

Long Term Field Evaluation Program Concept
March 22, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The NIOSH PPT Program solicited public input for the redesign of the Long-Term Field Evaluation (LTFE) program for self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) used in the mining industry. The LTFE program for self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) for miners was initiated more than 20 years ago by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The objective for the LTFE program is to obtain data to determine the expected performance characteristics of SCSRs used in the mining industry. LTFE program results based on scientific principles can provide useful information to monitor expected SCSR performance and assess possible degradation due to the physical stresses of in-mine use. Of utmost concern is the successful performance of any SCSR that passes its inspection criteria specified by the manufacturer. It is such apparatus that must be relied upon in an emergency.

National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
October 12-13, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
New programs for the approval of Powered, Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), Total Inward Leakage (TIL), the Quality Assurance (QA) module, and the Administrative module were discussed as well as future NIOSH research projects for PPT.

NIOSH PPT Program Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER)
September 28, 2006, Golden, Colorado
This was the second of two NIOSH PPT Program public stakeholder meetings in September 2006 to discuss proposed Closed Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER) regulatory changes. NIOSH is developing these proposed changes in cooperation with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Examples of CCERs include self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) used in the mining industry and emergency escape breathing devices (EEBDs).

NIOSH PPT Program Closed Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER)
September 19, 2006, Arlington, Virginia
The first of two NIOSH PPT Program public stakeholder meetings in September 2006 to discuss proposed Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER) regulatory changes. NIOSH is developing these proposed changes in cooperation with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Examples of CCERs include self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) used in the mining industry and emergency escape breathing devices (EEBDs).

Respirator Certification Process, Isoamyl Acetate (IAA) Testing, N95 Filtering Facepiece Priority, CBRN NFPA 1981 Standard, and Changes to Post-Certification Audit Selection
April 27, 2006, Arlington, Virginia
Fit-test instructions, speeding up the respirator certification process, isoamyl acetate (IAA) testing, equipment malfunctions, N95 filtering facepiece priority, and CBRN NFPA 1981 Standard and changes to post-certification audit selection.

Standards for Approval of Respirators for Use Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Agents (CBRN) and Concepts for Standards for a Multi-Function Powered, Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR)
December 13, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Addressed concepts for standards for CBRN Closed-Circuit, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), CBRN Powered, Air-Purifying Respirator, and a Multi-Function PAPR. (NIOSH Docket Numbers 008, 010, and 039)

Concepts for Standards for Approval of Respirators for Use Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Agents (CBRN) and Guidelines for Their Use; and Concepts for Standards for a Multi-Function Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)
July 19-20,2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Continued discussions of concepts for standards and testing processes for PAPR and Closed Circuit, SCBA suitable for respiratory protection against CBRN agents. NIOSH introduced concepts for establishing multi-function PAPR requirements and guidelines for use of NIOSH-approved CBRN respirators. (NIOSH Docket Numbers 008, 010 and 039)

Concepts of Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) Standards and Introduction of Concepts for Closed-Circuit, Self-Contained, Breathing Apparatus Standards Development Efforts Used for Respiratory Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents
December 15, 2004, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Continued discussions of conceptual standards and testing processes for PAPR standards suitable for respiratory protection against CBRN agents. NIOSH introduced conceptual requirements for closed-circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus suitable for respiratory protection against CBRN agents. (NIOSH Docket Numbers 010 and 039)

Initial Discussions for Concepts of Total Inward Leakage (TIL) Requirements and Test Methods for Halfmask Respirators Including Elastomeric and Filtering Facepiece Styles
August 24, 2004, Arlington, Virginia
Initial discussions for concepts of total inward leakage (TIL) requirements and test methods for half mask respirators including elastomeric and filtering facepiece styles. (NIOSH Docket Number 036)

Concepts of Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) Standards Development Efforts Used for Respiratory Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents, Docket Number NIOSH-010
May 4, 2004, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Continued discussions of conceptual standards and testing processes for powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) standards suitable for respiratory protection against CBRN agents.

Powered Air Purifying Respirator Standards Development Efforts Used for Respiratory Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents and Quality Assurance Standards Module for Respiratory Protective Equipment
October 16, 2003, Morgantown, West Virginia
CBRN Public Meeting was to initiate conceptual discussions of standards and testing processes for powered, air-purifying respirator standards suitable for respiratory protection against CBRN agents. (NIOSH Docket Numbers 010, and 001)

Escape Respirator Standards Development Efforts Used for Respiratory Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents, and Provide an Update on the Quality Assurance/Administrative Module
June 25, 2003, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Continued discussions of concepts being considered for CBRN escape respirator standards and an update on the development of the Quality Assurance/Administrative module.

Escape Respirator Standards Development Efforts Used for Respiratory Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents
April 29, 2003, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Continued discussions of concepts being considered for CBRN escape respirator.

Standards for Respiratory Devices Used to Protect Workers in Hazardous Environments
April 10, 2003, Arlington, Virginia
Provided an opportunity for an exchange of information between the agency and respirator manufacturers, industry representatives, labor representatives, and others with an interest in respiratory protection.

Standards Development Efforts for Full Facepiece Air-Purifying Respirators (APR) Used to Protect Emergency Response Workers Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents and Air-Purifying Escape Respirators to Protect Workers Against CBRN Agents
June 18-19, 2002, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Concepts for discussing appropriate standards and testing processes for full-facepiece air-purifying respirators suitable for use by first responders against CBRN agents.

Setting a Research Direction for the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
April 4-5, 2001, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Solicited stakeholder input for NIOSH PPT projects and stakeholder recommended programs with the PPT areas of program emphasis.


NIOSH Archived Manufacturers' Meetings

National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Stakeholder Meeting
March 6, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), conducted a stakeholder meeting on March 6, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport, 8402 University Boulevard, Moon Township, Pennsylvania. During this meeting, NPPTL discussed current and future personal protective technology (PPT) research projects with an opportunity for discussion following the presentations, including a poster session.

Respirator Manufacturers Meeting
January 24, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), hosted a meeting for all respirator manufacturers. All manufacturers, manufacturer application preparers, and other interested parties were welcome to attend. The meeting was held on January 24th, 2008, at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, 8402 University Blvd, Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

Meeting for Respirator Manufacturers
April 10-12, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Meeting for all Respirator Manufacturers
October 11, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Respirator certification topics addressed.

Meeting for all Respirator Manufacturers
December 12, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Addressed replacement rates, and alternatives to the silica dust tests for powered, air-purifying respirators, labeling for filtering facepiece respirators, and a Standard Application Procedures (SAP) Workshop.

Meeting for Respirator Manufacturers
July 21, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Topics addressed included discussion of the SAP comments, moving forward to implement the release of the procedures, new NPPTL and Technology Evaluation Branch organizational structures, and follow-up on replacement documents.

Meeting for all Respirator Manufacturers
April 13, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Topics addressed included discussion of the SAP comments, moving forward to implement the release of the procedures, new NPPTL and Technology Evaluation Branch organizational structures, and follow-up on replacement documents.


NIOSH Archived Workshops and Meetings

NIOSH Surveillance Coordination Group (SCG) meeting
December 10-11, 2008, Morgantown, WV

NIOSH Associate Director for Science (ADS) Lead Team Retreat
November 19-20, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA

NIOSH No Fit Test Respirator Workshop
November 6, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This workshop focused on the nature and process of product innovation and development in negative pressure half-facepiece respirators to gauge the current "state of the art" and to stimulate new designs or approaches for improved respirator fit. The results of this workshop will lead to a better understanding of how future NIOSH research can encourage on-going development of better fitting respirators without compromising long-term protection.

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
October 27-28, 2008, Washington, DC
Keck Center of the National Academies of Science

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
May 5-6, 2008, Wood Hole, MA.
J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center

Workshops on Self-Contained Self-Rescue Breathing Systems (SCSR)
February 12, 2008 in Wheeling, WV, and on March 11, 2008 in Denver CO
Workshops to solicit information from SCSR user groups and technology developers were held on February 12, 2008 in Wheeling, WV, and on March 11, 2008 in Denver CO. Information obtained will be considered in the development of redesign criteria for the next-generation SCSR. The information gathered at the 2005 workshops resulted in recommendations for the development of both a combination carbon monoxide filter self-rescuer/self-contained self-rescuer (FSR/SCSR) and a dockable self-contained self-rescuer. Each one-day workshop will include discussion on lessons learned from recent mine disasters, impact of MINERS and S-MINERS Act on SCSR development, and development of a course of action.

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
October 9, 2007, Washington, DC
Keck Center of the National Academies of Science

Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Heathcare Workers during an Influenza Pandemic
February 22, 2007, Washington, DC

Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers During an Influenza Pandemic
December 13, 2006, Washington, DC
Keck Center of the National Academies of Science

NIOSH Nanotech Conference
December 4-7, 2006, Cincinnati, Ohio
NIOSH information related to personal protective technology and nanotechnology

NTTC Workshop on Self-Contained Self-Rescue Breathing Systems (SCSR)
July 25, 2006, Beaver, West Virginia
The SCSR workshops were conducted to solicit information from SCSR user groups and technology developers that will be considered in development of design criteria for the next-generation SCSR. The workshops covered each of the major design elements: size, amount of oxygen to be provided, weight, and other issues.

Assessment of the NIOSH Head and Face Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Respirator Users [PDF - 223 KB]
July 10-11, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
During this meeting the committee heard from respirator manufacturers and the sponsor. Additionally, the committee was given the opportunity to tour the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratories (NPPTL).

Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace
June 5-6, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
March 13, 2006, Washington, DC

NTTC Workshop on Self-Contained Self-Rescue Breathing Systems
December 8, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The SCSR workshops were conducted to solicit information from SCSR user groups and technology developers that will be considered in development of design criteria for the next-generation SCSR. The workshops covered each of the major design elements: size, amount of oxygen to be provided, weight, and other issues.

Assessment of the NIOSH Head and Face Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Respirator Users [PDF - 223 KB]
December 8-9, 2005, Washington, DC
The committee used this meeting to gain a deeper understanding of the sponsor’s perspectives on the study of the potential impact the revised panel will have on outside parties. Following that second meeting, the work of that committee was put on hold, so that several members of that committee and the Academies staff could answer an urgent request from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the potential reusability of respirators (see the IOM report Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu, 2006). During this interim period, the committee continued to communicate via e-mail and discuss questions central to their statement of task.

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
October 23, 2006, Washington, DC
Keck Center of the National Academies of Science

Review of the NIOSH BLS Respirator Use Survey [PDF - 223 KB]
December 1-2, 2005, Washington, DC
This meeting was the first meeting of the NIOSH PPT-sponsored initiative contracted to the National Academies to evaluate the NIOSH BLS Respirator Use Survey. The purpose of this review was to critique the survey and render judgment on the fitness and relevance of the survey methodology to provide valid information that would guide respiratory protection decision making in the future. This effort is serving as an input to future PPT surveillance initiatives.

Assessment of the NIOSH Head and Face Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Respirator Users [PDF - 223 KB]
November 3-4, 2005, Washington, DC
This meeting was the first meeting of the NIOSH PPT-sponsored initiative contracted to the National Academies to evaluate the NIOSH BLS Respirator Use Survey. The purpose of this review was to critique the survey and render judgment on the fitness and relevance of the survey methodology to provide valid information that would guide respiratory protection decision making in the future. This effort is serving as an input to future PPT Surveillance initiatives.

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health
November 2, 2005, Washington, DC
In response to a request from the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) at NIOSH, the Institute of Medicine has formed a standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health. The committee provides a forum for discussion of scientific and technical issues relevant to the development, certification, deployment, and use of personal protective equipment, standards, and related systems to ensure workplace safety and health.

Advanced Personal Protective Equipment Challenges in Protecting First Responders
October 16-18, 2005, Blacksburg, Virginia
This conference was created as a forum to discuss and share information relevant to this important group. The conference consists of a variety of workshops and presentations in the areas of disaster response and personal protective equipment.

NTTC Workshop on Self-Contained Self-Rescue Breathing Systems (SCSR)
June 29, 2005, Beaver, West Virginia
The SCSR workshops were conducted to solicit information from SCSR user groups and technology developers that will be considered in development of design criteria for the next-generation SCSR. The workshops covered each of the major design elements: size, amount of oxygen to be provided, weight, and other issues.

Occupational Safety and Health Association 5600 Disaster Site Worker Train the Trainer
April 24-28, 2005, Beckley, West Virginia
Topics included disaster site workers, terrorism awareness, respiratory protection.

National Fire Protective Association Hazmat Personal Protective Equipment Technical Committee Presentation
April 17, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed public comments on the revision to NFPA 1994.

Setting a Research Direction for the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
September 13, 2001, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The purpose of this meeting was to align FY2001 and FY2002 NIOSH PPT projects and stakeholder-recommended programs with the PPT areas of program emphasis.

NIOSH-DOD-OSHA Sponsored Chemical and Biological Respiratory Protection Workshop [PDF - 595 KB]
March 10-12, 1999, Morgantown, West Virginia
Provided a forum for more than 140 representatives from 63 different emergency responder, fire fighter, domestic preparedness, equipment manufacturing, federal research, and state and federal regulatory organizations. Participants discussed issues, exchanged information, and learned about current respiratory protection issues associated with incidents involving chemical and biological agents.

NIOSH Control of Workplace Hazards for the 21st Century
March 10-12, 1998, Chicago, Illinois
Developed a prioritized national control technology (to include PPT) research agenda aimed at making the workplace safer and healthier. In combination with the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society of Safety Engineers, the NIOSH Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment Team held this unique conference. More than 250 researchers, manufacturers, and users of engineering controls and personal protective equipment set future directions for control technology research. Six priorities for research were identified: chemical protective clothing, engineering controls, noise, non-ionizing radiation, respirators, and traumatic injuries.

 

 
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