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Role of Workplace Testing of Respirators as a Condition of Certification for the Federally Mandated NIOSH Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program.


PB92133271

Publication Date 1991
Personal Author Ettinger, H. J.
Page Count 16
Abstract The evaluation considered the practicality and advisability of incorporating workplace field testing as part of the formal NIOSH Respirator Certification process. According to the author, there is a need to more clearly define the objectives of the NIOSH Respirator Certification process, specifically to define more clearly the term certify. The author concludes that the definition of a single or a few representative facilities is likely to be impractical, that the impact of doing a field test will have some not yet defined effect on the measured workplace protection factors (WPF), that the lack of controls in the field will make testing reproducibility and variability unsatisfactory for use as a direct formal certification test, and that the slow rate of progress being made in developing a standard field test protocol suggests that standardization represents a potential problem. The author recommends two parallel approaches to complement certification laboratory test procedures. The first calls for NIOSH, with input from industry and manufacturers to develop a standard test protocol so that WPF can be determined under a variety of work situations using comparable test methods. Secondly, manufacturers should be required to perform some field testing which satisfies the previously published and agreed to test protocol.
Keywords
  • Respirators
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Industrial safety
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Certification
  • Standards compliance
  • Protective equipment
  • Field tests
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Performance standards
  • Regulations
  • Recommendations
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 95D - Human Factors Engineering
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes See also PB83-132860 and PB92-133370.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 199208
Role of Workplace Testing of Respirators as a Condition of Certification for the Federally Mandated NIOSH Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program.
Role of Workplace Testing of Respirators as a Condition of Certification for the Federally Mandated NIOSH Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program.
PB92133271

  • Respirators
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Industrial safety
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Certification
  • Standards compliance
  • Protective equipment
  • Field tests
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Performance standards
  • Regulations
  • Recommendations
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment Certification Program
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 95D - Human Factors Engineering
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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