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National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
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    July 2018

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    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2018-141
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    "The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is a Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NPPTL prevents work-related injury, illness, and death by advancing the state of knowledge and application of personal protective technologies (PPT). NPPTL supports more than 20 million U.S. workers who rely on this equipment (e.g., respirators, clothing, gowns, gloves, eye protection and other types of protective gear) to keep them safe from on-the-job hazards. NPPTL conducts laboratory and field research, surveillance, standards development, interventions, and conformity assessment activities. This work includes the respirator approval program and post-market evaluations to increase the compliant use of PPT and improve its usability and effectiveness. The division has the following goals: 1. Develop and implement science-based national guidance for respiratory and other PPT. 2. Develop new methods to test effectiveness of PPT for workers, including workers engaged in infection disease activities. 3. Create guidance and tools to help employers and workers use PPT as effectively and economically as possible. 4. Develop and evaluate innovative PPT designs and test methods to improve comfort, fit, and usability. NPPTL is also responsible for evaluating and approving respirator models to ensure the expected performance level of respirators used within U.S. workplace settings. The division certifies that all respirator models used in an occupational setting meet the minimum construction, performance, and respiratory protection standards. The division also conducts site and product audits to ensure respirators continue to meet standards after approval. NPPTL also participates in international, federal, and consensus PPT standards development activities to facilitate translating research findings and sharing staff expertise." - NIOSHTIC-2 NIOSHTIC no. 20052187
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