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What are the principal gaps between state-of- 
the-art FFR devices and user needs and 


• Shape Conformance/Fit Test 
- Facial profiling 

• Value of protection (eyeglasses, seatbelts) 
- Immediate Benefit 

• Static device on a dynamic person 

• In use assessments 

• Validation that respirator is providing protection 

• Proper hazard assessment 

Which of these gaps can be adequately 

addressed by administrative procedures and 

which require new designs? 

• Admin should create proper of value and use 

- support training and use (fit testing, training) 

• Design 

- Communication Issue 

- Make fit testing less onerous 

Need to reuse 

Self decontaminating 

Elimination of fit testing 

Which of the gaps requiring new designs 
require what types of new technologies? 

New technologies 

- Communication 

- Different materials 

- New ways to measure fit 

- NIOSH should include fit testing in additional 
to filtration efficiency to measure workplace 

- No fit test requirements 

- Proper fitting 

Are there very near things that can be done to 
effect almost immediate improvements as to 


Low Hanging Fruit 

• NIOSH should do fit testing as part of 

• Share model-specific performance of respirators 

- Number and population distribution should be 

- Establish procedure for dealing with ill-fitting 

• Labeling standards 

• Eliminate latex 

• Improve test methods 

• Instructions on product 



What are the two/three most important things 
that NIOSH should do to support the development 

and use of advanced FFRs? 

What can NIOSH do? 

• Demonstrate effectiveness and need for respirators in 
health care 

• Conduct and publish post market surveillance of 
respirator performance 

• Publicize OSHA's guidelines on acquisition of respirators 

• Model dynamic facial changes when respirator is used 

• Sample inside of device for contamination 

• Build on NIOSH's experience in other industries to create 
respirators for healthcare workers 

• Fund workplace studies 

• Simply N/P/R and 95/99/100 classification scheme