Personal Protective Technology Program

Updated April 14, 2020

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The Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Program is a world leader in keeping American workers safe through PPT research, standards development, respirator conformity assessment, public outreach, and information dissemination. Personal Protective Technologies include respirators, protective clothing, gloves, eye, fall and hearing protection, hard hats, and sensors to detect hazardous substances.

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Performance of Stockpiled Air-Purifying Respirators
A study to evaluate stockpiled 12 air-purifying respirator models from 10 facilities is currently underway and includes data from 11 different N95 models. This data suggests that some N95 models would provide the expected level of protection to the user even though they were past their shelf life at the time of testing. Ten reports detailing the performance results of respirators sampled from these 10 facilities are available.

National Framework for Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment – Infrastructure
Following recommendations from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies), the PPT Program defined a Framework to assist in developing, structuring, and managing PPE conformity assessment for American workplaces. The recommendations in this document are intended to serve as foundational principles for various types of conformity assessment programs for occupational PPE.

PPE CASE: Testing of Stockpiled ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 4 Surgical Gownspdf icon
This report discusses NIOSH’s evaluation of the Strategic National Stockpile’s surgical gowns to determine if they met CDC recommendations for use while providing care to patients with Ebola.

Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
This page provides updated guidance on personal protective equipment, training, decontamination guidelines, and safe operating procedures for emergency responders exposed to fentanyl.

Page last reviewed: April 14, 2020