New NIOSH fact sheet on CBRN respirators available

[tweetmeme]The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a fact sheet to support the voluntary approval program for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) respirators. The fact sheet, “What’s so special about CBRN self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)?” explains the requirements of Title 42 CFR Part 84, for NIOSH-issued certifications of approval for SCBA.

The fact sheet details standards and test procedures that have significant impact on the selection, use, and maintenance procedures of CBRN SCBA as compared to other NIOSH-approved SCBA respirators. NIOSH says that in order to properly care for and effectively use a CBRN SCBA, one must understand the standards and test procedures for the equipment.

Tests described in the fact sheet include chemical agent permeation and penetration tests and laboratory respiratory protection level (LRPL) tests.

In addition, NIOSH provides information on how to determine if a SCBA is NIOSH-approved for the CBRN protection level and shows users what to look for on an approval label.

The fact sheet also includes requirements for retrofitting a field deployed SCBA to CBRN protection level. Read more at



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