February 29, 2024

Recent Notices Affect Certain NIOSH-Approved Respirators

Three announcements regarding NIOSH-approved respirators were recently added to the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) website. The notices have to do with certain NIOSH respirator approvals and a temporary stoppage of sale of some NIOSH-approved respirators.

In one notice, NIOSH announced that it has honored the request of Honeywell International Inc. to voluntarily rescind two respirator approvals issued to the company. A second notice similarly states that NIOSH has honored the request of the company Masprot to voluntarily rescind six of its respirator approvals. Respirators bearing the approval numbers listed in the agency’s notices are no longer NIOSH approved and may no longer be used, manufactured, assembled, sold, or distributed. The agency directs individuals to contact Honeywell and Masprot regarding inquiries about the decisions to voluntarily rescind these approvals.

A temporary stoppage of sale for all NIOSH-approved respirators from the company Champak Enterprise Co. was announced Tuesday, Feb. 27. According to a communication issued by Champak, NIOSH recently requested an analysis of the quality management system at the company’s manufacturing site in Singapore. The stoppage of sale will continue until NIOSH’s concerns have been addressed, Champak says.

These and other recent respirator-related notices can be found on the NPPTL website.