NIOSH CBRN respiratory protection standards update.
11th ISRP International Conference, 2002 Sep-Oct; :1-15
Emergency response forces in the United States are required under federal regulations to provide NIOSH approved respirators appropriate for the expected hazards. NIOSH's National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is developing respirator standards for use in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism events. These efforts to develop appropriate respiratory protection standards started with an assessment of potential CBRN terrorism agents and a review of national and international respiratory protection standards. Based on results of the threat assessment and standards review a comprehensive program to develop CBRN standards for each class of respiratory protection. In December 2001, NIOSH announced the first CBRN respirator standard for compressed air self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This standard combines a three-tier approval structure: NIOSH industrial SCBA approval, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1981 Standard compliance, and special performance tests against chemical warfare agents and facepiece protection levels. Continuing standards development efforts have focused on the full facepiece air-purifying respirator standard and an air-purifying escape respirator standard. Standards concepts and future standards schedules will be discussed.
Respiratory-protection; Emergency-responders; Hazards; Occupational-hazards; Chemical-warfare-agents; Biological-agents; Biological-warfare-agents; Nuclear-hazards; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Air-purifying-respirators; Personal-protective-equipment
International Society for Respiratory Protection 11th International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 29 - October 3, 2002