NPPTL Participation in Standard Development Committees

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and technology (PPT) play an important role in keeping workers, in many industries, safe while performing their professional duties. The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) was created to be the division of NIOSH charged with the mission of preventing disease, injury, and death for the millions of working men and women relying on protective equipment.

The mission and vision of NPPTL is enhanced through the collaboration with Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) to develop and implement standards, policies, and guidance documents for PPE and PPT performance, use, and maintenance.

NIOSH encourages employees with relevant experience to represent NIOSH on voluntary consensus standards committees in order to translate NIOSH scientific research findings into practice. Participation is first approved by the employee’s supervisor, the division, lab, or office (DLO) director, the CDC Ethics office, and finally, the NIOSH Director.

The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1995pdf iconexternal icon directs federal agencies to adopt voluntary consensus standards, as opposed to developing and using government-unique standards.

The governmental strategy and guidelines used by agencies to assess and report their conformity assessment activities in accordance with NTTAA are detailed in Office of Budget and Management (OMB) Circular A-119.

Leveraging Standard Development Organizations to Develop Respirator Standards

Standard Development Organizations with NPPTL Committee Members

Group of logos for Participating Standard Committees

Memoranda of Understanding between NPPTL and Standard Development Organizations

Page last reviewed: March 26, 2019