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MultiVapor version 2.2.3. Application - valid through December 31, 2011.

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-124c, 2010 Jan; :CD-ROM
MultiVapor(TM) is a computer tool for estimating breakthrough times and service lives of air-purifying respirator cartridges manufactured to remove toxic organic vapors from breathed air. It can also be used for larger filters and for carbon beds of any size prepared for laboratory studies. MultiVapor(TM) 2.2.3 replaces the 2.1.3 version which expired December 31, 2009. With this update, 66 new compounds, including TDI, MDI, and Stryene have been added to the library. In addition, the typical OV cartridge parameters are more representative of commonly used cartridges. They were obtained by averaging three popular cartridge parameters. A breakthrough time is the time following the first and continuous use of a cartridge after which the user of the cartridge could be exposed to a selected concentration of a harmful vapor. This is the consequence of the cartridge being used up. Service life is the breakthrough time with, possibly, a safety factor applied. MultiVapor(TM) is intended to help an industrial hygienist or other qualified person to set cartridge change-out schedules. It is not a substitute for regulatory requirements or professional judgments. Users must assume full responsibility for any application of the MultiVapor(TM) computer software. No warranties related to the software are expressed or implied by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or its contractors. This software is intended to provide estimates based on the latest scientific information. The accuracies of any such estimates will depend in part on the accuracy and validity of the data entered by the user.
Computer-software; Aerosols; Organic-vapors; Filters; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-124C
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