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Breakout Session 3: 

Protective Clothing 

Technologies, Materials and 

Performance Criteria 



Angie M. Shepherd 



National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory 

PPT Stakeholder Meeting 

March 2, 2010 




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Session Objectives 



Review a sampling of the current research efforts in 
the area of protective clothing 



Provide answers to five questions from the NIOSH 
PPT Program concerning protective clothing through 
brainstorming and discussion 



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NIOSH Protective Clothing Research 



• EMS Protective Clothing 

• Chemical Protective Clothing 
Decontamination Efficacy 

• Particle Penetration Measurements on 
Protective Clothing and Ensembles 

• Stored Thermal Energy Test Method 

• Risk-Based Material Permeation Criteria 

• Validation of the Total Heat Loss Test 

• Biomechanical and Physiological Study 
of Firefighter Boots 




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NIOSH Protective Clothing Research 



• Mine Rescue Ensembles 

• Air-Fed Ensembles 

• Comparison of Ensemble Total 
Inward Leakage (TIL) Tests 

• Firefighter Fatality Investigation 
and Prevention Program 

• Total Heat Loss Test Validation 

• Physiology 

• Ergonomics 

• Skin Notation and Dermal Hazards 




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PPT Program Questions 



1. What are the principal problems with existing protective 
clothing PPE? 

2. What are the emerging issues, hazards, and threats related 
to protective clothing PPE? 

3. What are the primary challenges for manufacturers to design 
and produce protective clothing PPE that can be certified? 

4. Are there very near-term things that can be done to effect 
almost immediate improvements to protective clothing PPE? 

5. What are the two or three most important things that 
NIOSH should do to support the development and use of 
advanced protective clothing PPE? 



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PPT Discussion Question 1 



What are the principal problems 
with existing protective clothing 
PPE? 



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PPT Discussion Question 2 



What are the emerging issues, 
hazards, and threats related to 
protective clothing PPE? 



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PPT Discussion Question 3 



What are the primary challenges 
for manufacturers to design and 
produce protective clothing PPE 
that can be certified? 



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PPT Discussion Question 4 



Are there very near-term things 
that can be done to effect almost 
immediate improvements to 
protective clothing PPE? 



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PPT Discussion Question 5 



What are the two or three most 
important things that NIOSH should 
do to support the development and 
use of advanced protective clothing 
PPE? 



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Thank You 



Your participation and input are greatly appreciated 



Please browse the posters on protective clothing and 
talk with the researchers for additional information 



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Angie M. Shepherd 

Email: AMShepherd@cdc.gov 
Phone:412-386-5245 



www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/default.html 

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this presentation have not been 

formally disseminated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 

and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. 



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