Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers Action Plan

February 2008
NIOSH Docket Number 129

NIOSH announced the opportunity for the public to comment on a draft action plan document, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers (HCW). The document provides a roadmap on how NIOSH/ National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) propose to address the lack of preparedness regarding effective PPE for use in an influenza pandemic. The comments and information submitted to the docket will be considered in developing the next version of this document. The draft action plan document and comments on it are available below.

The PPE for HCW Action plan has been updated to be consistent with the formatting provided in the PPT Program Implementation Plan to Address the NA Recommendations docket #146. A summary document is provided for readability, with the detail previously posted, preserved as Appendix A. No content modifications have been added since the August 2008 version of Appendix A, only minor editorial changes are incorporated. Appendix B provides a summary of an ongoing project for which other information is not available on the PPT Program website. Appendix C provides the PPT Program response to the comments submitted to the docket #129. Appendix D provides a list of acronyms. The plan will be updated annually on the web.

ACTION PLAN UPDATE – The updated HCW Action Plan is being used to prioritize and select future PPT Program initiatives including funding, staffing, and upgrading laboratory capabilities within current budget constraints. The updated Plan activities are part of the overall PPT Program action plan that is under review by the NIOSH management. A summary timeline of this action plan is described as follows:

  • Draft action plan posted to NPPTL website (February2008)
  • Presented plan at stakeholder meeting (March 2008)
  • Opened docket to solicit comments (February 2008 – May 2008)
  • Addressed comments from docket (June 2008)
  • Updated action plan based on comments received (August 2008)
  • Updated Plan under review and being implemented within current budget constraints (October 2008 – April 2009)
  • Revise action plan based on strategic planning decisions and project outputs (May 2009).
  • Revision 4 (Draft) with highlighted portions indicating updates since the previous version
  • Implement action plan

Materials Under Evaluation

NIOSH updated draft 4 report “Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers (HCW) action plan to address actions for the next 5 years” – 1/7/10pdf icon [PDF – 122 KB]

NIOSH updated draft report “Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers (HCW) action plan to address actions for the next 5 years” – 3/27/09pdf icon [PDF – 17,200 KB]

NIOSH updated draft report “Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers (HCW) action plan” – 8/19/08pdf icon [PDF – 13,720 KB]

NIOSH responses to comments received on the draft document “Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers (HCW) action plan,” February 28, 2008 – 7/29/08pdf icon [PDF – 10,300 KB]

NIOSH draft report – “Draft personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers (HCW) action plan” – 2/28/08pdf icon [PDF – 15,210 KB]

IOM Report – “Preparing for an influenza pandemic: personal protective equipment for healthcare workers” by Goldfrank LR and Liverman CT (eds) – 1/1/08pdf icon [PDF – 32,870 KB]

IOM Report Brief – “Preparing for an influenza pandemic: personal protective equipment for healthcare workers”pdf icon [PDF – 699 KB]

Submissions from the Public in Order of Receipt

Submission to the docket from Langes (Berkerley Building Education Center) – 3/4/08pdf icon [PDF – 190 KB]

Submission to the docket from Janssen (WorkSafeBC) – 3/6/08pdf icon [PDF – 211 KB]

Attachment to submission from Janssen “Influenza transmission and the role of personal protective respiratory equipment: an assessment of the evidence”pdf icon [PDF – 8,260 KB]

Attachment to submission from Janssen “Report in Focus”pdf icon [PDF – 862 KB]

Submission to the docket from Jones (Cardinal Health) – 3/21/08pdf icon [PDF – 199 KB]

Submission to the docket from Kajola (AFL-CIO) – 4/1/08pdf icon [PDF – 1,450 KB]

Submission to the docket from Jones (St. Joseph’s Medical Center) – 5/15/08pdf icon [PDF – 176 KB]

Submission to the docket from Tomlinson (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology – 5/20/08pdf icon [PDF – 767 KB]

Submission to the docket from Bantz (St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center) – 5/23/08pdf icon [PDF – 150 KB]

Submission to the docket from Moyna (Trinity Health) – 5/27/08pdf icon [PDF – 204 KB]

Submission to the docket from Borwegan (Service Employees International Union) – 5/27/08pdf icon [PDF – 747 KB]

Submission to the docket from Bradley (International Safety Equipment Association) – 5/28/08pdf icon [PDF – 1,680 KB]

Submission to the docket from Olins (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) – 5/30/08pdf icon [PDF – 692 KB]

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