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NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Program

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      What are our priorities? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Program advances the application and knowledge of PPT to keep workers safe. Technologies include respirators, protective clothing, gloves, eye, fall and hearing protection, hard hats, and sensors to detect hazardous substances. The PPT Program includes the NIOSH respirator approval program, PPT research, evaluations and interventions to support the following NIOSH strategic goals. What do we do? 1. Certify that new respirators meet minimum performance and respiratory protection standards before they enter the market. 2. Conduct site and product audits to ensure respirators continue to meet standards after approval. 3. Develop and implement science-based national recommendations for respiratory and other PPT. 4. Develop new methods to test effectiveness of PPT for workers, including workers engaged in infectious disease activities. 5. Create guidance and tools to help employers and workers use PPT as effectively and economically as possible. 6. Develop and evaluate innovative PPT designs and test methods to improve comfort, fit and usability. - NIOSHTIC-2
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