NIOSH/NPPTL Respirator User Notice
The IAFF Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine has been notified
by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) National
Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) about an issue that has
occurred in respirator Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)
approvals issued between July 2012 and October 2013. During this time period,
respirators tested by the Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s (ECBC) Test
Laboratory were subjected to significantly lower concentrations of Chemical
Warfare Agent (CWA) than what is required by NIOSH test procedures and NFPA
1981, 2013 edition.
The particular tests in question relate only to the ability of the respirator to
protect against CWAs. All NIOSH-conducted tests and evaluations that don’t
involve CBRN protections have not been compromised by the errors discovered in
the CWA testing. Therefore, these respirators are verified to perform as
approved for all applications other than CBRN protection.
The ECBC has temporarily halted operations to validate all test procedures
before resuming operations in January 2014. Retesting of all respirators
affected is scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2014 at which time new
approvals will commence.
See the following link for the NIOSH/NPPTL Respirator User Notice