November 16, 2023

NIOSH Rescinds Respirator Approvals Issued to Two Companies

NIOSH has honored the requests of the companies AOK Tooling Limited and Honeywell International Inc. to voluntarily rescind some of their respirator approvals, the agency announced in recent notices. This means that as of Oct. 30, 12 AOK Tooling respirators are no longer approved by NIOSH and may no longer be used, manufactured, assembled, sold, or distributed. The voluntary recission also affects 26 of Honeywell’s respirator approvals with an effective date of Nov. 13. Respirator users and others are encouraged to review the notices related to AOK Tooling and Honeywell for further details as well as information regarding the affected approval numbers.

NIOSH encourages respirator users and others to use its certified equipment list to determine if respirators they are currently using or considering using are NIOSH-certified. The website of the agency’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory provides a list of additional guidance documents intended to inform users of respiratory protective devices.