October 26, 2023

NIOSH Notices Address Respirator Approval Recissions and a Recall

Three recent notices from NIOSH address the voluntary rescission of respirator approvals issued to two companies as well as a recall involving certain Gerson G71 P100 OV cartridge lots.

NIOSH has honored the request of the companies Dentec Safety Specialists Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. to voluntarily rescind some of their respirator approvals, the agency announced earlier this month. This means that as of Oct. 19, 19 of Honeywell’s respirators are no longer approved by NIOSH and may no longer be used, manufactured, assembled, sold, or distributed. The voluntary recission affects 30 of Dentec Safety Specialists’ respirator approvals with an effective date of Oct. 20. Respirator users and others are encouraged to review the notices related to Dentec and Honeywell for further details as well as information regarding the affected approval numbers.

A recall notice issued Oct. 16 by the manufacturer Gerson concerns certain Gerson G71 P100 OV cartridge lots produced between Nov. 22, 2021, and Nov. 23, 2021. According to Gerson, some of the cartridges “were manufactured using filters that were defective, which may impact the overall performance of the cartridge in protecting users from particulates.” The recall notice lists the affected lot codes and provides instructions on where to find these codes when reviewing product inventory for recalled cartridges. Learn more in the notice from Gerson (PDF) and find other recent respirator-related notices issued by manufacturers on the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory website.