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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons Learned from Terrorist Attacks – Volume 1external icon
This report is based on firsthand experiences of emergency responders regarding the performance, availability, and appropriateness of their PPE in responding to acts of terrorism. It is intended to:
- Help understand the unique working and safety environment associated with terrorist incidents.
- Develop a comprehensive personal protective technology research agenda.
- Improve federal education and training programs and activities directed at the health and safety of emergency responders.
- Protecting Emergency Responders: Community Views of Safety and Health Risks and Personal Protection Needs – Volume 2external icon
The safety of emergency responders is addressed by the examination of hazards and personal protection needs that members of the emergency responder community regard as being the most importation. The findings are based on in-depth discussions with 190 members of the emergency response community across the nation.
- Protecting Emergency Responders: Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response – Volume 3
This report provides a comprehensive set of strategies and tactics for enhancing the safety of responders by preparing thoroughly before an event and managing effectively afterwards.
- Protecting Emergency Responders: Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Structural Collapse Event – Volume 4external icon
The purpose of this information is to serve as a technical source for incident commander guidelines for broad distribution to the disaster management and emergency responder communities.
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).