Respiratory Protection Resources for Emergency Responders

Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) Information

To report any PASS malfunctions and other problems with PASS functioning to NIOSH-NPPTL, send an email to: Please review the PASS Information Document pdf icon[PDF – 20 KB] and provide the contact information listed before submitting your request.

A User Notice has been provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Pass Alarm signals can fail at high temperaturesexternal icon, Dec. 6, 2005.

A User Notice is a written notice provided to inform users of a condition or risk that may exist with a NIOSH-certified product. NIOSH has reviewed and concurs with the facts in the user notice as of the date indicated on the NIOSH website.

Disclaimer: Links to non-Federal organizations do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations, their products, or programs by NIOSH and none should be inferred. NIOSH is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links. They are provided solely as a service to our users. A NIOSH certificate of approval is not an endorsement of the respirator by NIOSH. Such endorsements are not to be stated or implied by manufacturers in advertisements or other publicity. NIOSH certification represents that the equipment has met the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 84.

Safety and Health in Law Enforcement
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-134 (January 2011)
Law enforcement agencies, professional associations, labor unions, research organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to build partnerships to help reduce the risk of occupational injury and illness among law enforcement personnel.

Guidance Documents for Protecting Emergency Responders

Additional Resources

Functional Safety for Programmable Electronics Used in PPE: Best Practice Recommendations
The objective of this contract was to establish and document recommendations for using a System Safety Approach to ensure the safe design and use of high-tech personal protective equipment throughout its complete life cycle. This project was completed in 2008. However, the information contained in this report remains valid.

Interim Guidance on Using CBRN Canisters for Activities Other than Response to Terrorist Events
This interim guidance provides recommended guidelines for CBRN APR use in applications other than terrorist events (e.g. industrial and hazmat response, natural disaster response, etc.). This guidance remains interim at this time (5/31/2012).

Page last reviewed: May 9, 2019