Last week, NIOSH published a new fact sheet to help respiratory protection program administrators, managers, and wearers of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) understand the importance of PAPRs’ batteries in assuring optimal performance and effective respiratory protection. According to the agency, the battery must operate the PAPR assembly for at least four hours. “It is important to know the battery’s storage, use, care, and disposal requirements to assure effective personal protection,” NIOSH notes.
The fact sheet provides information related to the following questions:
How does a PAPR wearer assure the battery is ready for use?
What is the correct way to charge and condition a rechargeable battery?
What is the PAPR in-use service time?
Do batteries have safety features?
Do batteries have special disposal requirements?
View the fact sheet on NIOSH’s website.