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CBRN Respirator Standards Development

Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

To Protect Emergency Responders Against CBRN Agents in Terrorist Attacks

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a program to approve self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for use by fire fighters and other first responders to terrorist attacks. NIOSH approval under the program signifies that an SCBA is expected to provide needed protection to first responders in situations where an act of terror has released harmful chemicals, pathogens, or radioactive materials into the air. Approvals are based on positive results from rigorous tests on sample units submitted to NIOSH by manufacturers, and from stringent evaluation of manufacturers’ quality-control practices, technical specifications, and other documentation.

NIOSH UPDATE: NIOSH Issues First Approval Under Program for Certifying Emergency Responder Respirators (June 3, 2002)

NIOSH UPDATE: NIOSH To Approve Self-Contained Respirators for Emergency Workers in Terrorist Attacks (January 14, 2002)

Letter to all Respirator Manufacturers (December 28, 2001)
This letter provides details regarding NIOSH acceptance of applications for the testing and evaluation of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for use against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents.

Statement of Standard

Statement of Standard—Attachment A (64KB) Adobe Acrobat icon

Determination of Open Circuit, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Performance During Dynamic Testing Against Chemical Agents of Sarin (GB) Vapor and Distilled Sulfur Mustard (HD) Vapor and Liquid Standard Testing Procedure (STP)—Attachment B (1.9MB) Adobe Acrobat icon

Laboratory Respirator Protection Level Test Quantitative (High-Flow Deep Probe Corn Oil) for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus With Full Facepieces Standard Testing Procedure (STP)—Attachment C (442KB) Adobe Acrobat icon

Procedures for Applying for CBRN SCBA Approval—Attachment D (10KB) Adobe Acrobat icon

Cautions and Limitations of Use for CBRN SCBA—Attachment E (6KB) Adobe Acrobat icon

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Page last updated: June 10, 2004
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