Approved Respirator Standards
Powered, Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) To Protect Emergency Responders Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), along with the U.S. Army Soldier Biological and Chemical Command (SBCCOM), and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) are continuing their efforts to develop appropriate standards and test procedures for all classes of respirators that will provide respiratory protection from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) agents inhalation hazards. A standards development effort has been initiated for the development of a CBRN standard for Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR).
Statement of Standard for CBRN Full Facepiece Air Purifying Respirators
The criteria for approval of the CBRN Full Facepiece Air Purifying Respirator has been developed using the concept development process over the past twelve months. NIOSH intends to initiate this approval criteria pursuant to 42 CFR Parts 84.60(b) and 84.63(c). NIOSH initiated the certification program through a formal letter to manufacturers and interested stakeholders that contains additional details for those parties interested in certification program participation.
The following documents are reflected in the letter to manufacturers and interested stakeholders:
Public Comments regarding requirements for consideration in the Full Facepiece Air Purifying Respirator Concept Development should be provided to the NIOSH Docket Office:
NIOSH Docket Office, Reference: NIOSH DOCKET – 002
Robert A. Taft Laboratories
Mail Stop C34
4676 Columbia Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Telephone: (513) 533-8611
Fax: (513) 533-8285
Links to concept papers are included on this on this page so interested stakeholders can follow the progress of the standards development efforts.
* Concepts for Weapons of Mass Destruction Capable PAPRs have been incorporated into the CBRN PAPR Concept paper effective June 20, 2005.