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CBRN respirator standards developmental processes.
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2005 May; :1
Recent terrorist events in the United States underscore the importance of emergency response procedures for dealing with terrorist-related events involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) agents. This certainly includes the need for respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the expected hazards. The NIOSH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) has integrated applicable industrial and military technologies to provide the full range of protection needed by responders. Specific CBRN standards have been developed for four classes of respirators: (1) self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA); (2) air-purifying (full-facepiece) respirators (APR); (3) air-purifying escape respirators (APER); and (4) self-contained escape respirators. NIOSH approvals have been granted to SCBA and APR manufacturers. NIOSH test and evaluation of escape respirators for approval are in process. Panelists on this roundtable will discuss the CBRN respirator standards development processes, CBRN respirators selection matrix, and use guidance. The overall objective is to provide the practicing hygienists with an understanding to the appropriate respiratory protection for emergency responders."
Respirators; Emergency-response; Chemical-warfare-agents; Biological-warfare-agents; Radiology; Nuclear-hazards; Hazards; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Air-purifying-respirators; Respiratory-protection
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California
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