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Full text of "PPE Ensembles from the PPT Stakeholder Meeting, March 2 - 3, 2010"

PPE Ensembles 



Angie M. Shepherd 
William E. Haskell 




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

PPT Stakeholder Meeting 

March 2, 2010 



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PPE Ensemble 



Multiple elements of protective clothing and equipment 
designed and configured as a set to provide limited 
protection in operational settings where exposure to 
hazards are expected 





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PPE Ensemble Elements 



Clothing 

Helmets 

Hearing protection 

Respirators 

Eye and face protection 

G loves 

Footwear 

Interface components 

Communication and other electronic equipment 




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PPE Ensemble - History 




Protective clothing and equipment 
have primarily been manufactured, 
tested and certified as stand alone 
items 

Independent approach allows 
users to select the appropriate PPE 
for each situation or response 

Full ensemble consideration began 
with hazardous materials incidents 

Problems can arise when all 
components are worn together 



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Interoperability Concerns 



Interface areas 

Compatibility problems 

Ergonomics 

Weight 

Encapsulation 

Additional equipment 
(e.g. electronics/ 
communication) 

After market add-ons or 
modifications 




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Standards Issues 




Differing levels of requirements 

- Clothing and respirator flammability 

Tested and certified 
independently 

- Allows users to select elements needed 

Interference could void 
certification 

- Suit could impact face seal negatively 

Standard requirements could 
cause compatibility issues 




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Sector Considerations 



CBRN - Fire Service 

Barrier protection 

High visibility 

PASS alarm 

Integrated in or replaces gear 




CBRN - Law Enforcement 

Barrier protection 

Stealth - low visibility/no sound 

Ability to hold and fire weapon 

In addition to regular gear 




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Emerging Trends - Standards 



• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 

- Hazardous Materials, Fire Fighter (C BR N), Tech Rescue 
(CBRN) 




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INTERNATIONAL 



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NIOSH Respirator Certifications 

- Reviewing PPE with the potential to negatively impact 
approved respiratory protection 

ASTM International, F23 Committee on Protective 
Clothing and Equipment 

- Created new subcommittee F23.50 Certification and PPE 
Interoperability (Chair: Karen Lehtonen) 

National Institute of J ustice (NIJ ) 

- CBRN Protective Ensembles for Law Enforcement Standard 



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Emerging Trends - Research 

• NIOSH NPPTL Research Areas 

- Physiology (Air-fed ensembles, first responder P P E ) 
-Ergonomics (First responder, healthcare, mine rescue PPE) 

- Evaluation and Development of Ensemble Tests 

• Man-in-SimulantTest(MIST) - Oil of Wintergreen 

• Inward Leakage Test (ILT) - SF 6 

• Laboratory Respirator Protection Level (LRPL) - Com Oil 

• Magnetic Passive Aerosol Sampler (MPAS) - Iron Particles 

• Posters presented in each of these areas 

• Further discussion during Breakout Sessions 2 and 3 



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Ac knowledgements 



Thank you! 

Matt Collier, South Hills Area Council of Govts 

J ohn Gardell, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire 
Kelvin J oily, Consol Energy Mine Rescue Team 



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Quality Partnerships Enhance Worker 
Safety & Health 

Angie M. Shepherd 

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

William E.Haskell 

Email: WHaskell@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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