NIOSH Requests Input on Respirator Performance, Draft Skin Notations, Research Proposal

Published December 4, 2013

​Last week, NIOSH issued three Federal Register notices that request public input on various agency activities. Following are brief summaries of NIOSH’s requests.

Standards for Half-mask Air-purifying Particulate Respirators

Due to stakeholder request, NIOSH has reopened the public comment period concerning the development of inward leakage performance standards for the class of NIOSH-certified non-powered air-purifying particulate respirators approved as half-facepiece respirators for protection from particulate-only hazards. The new deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, view the Federal Register notice.

Request for Technical Review of Draft Skin Notation Profiles for 25 Chemicals

NIOSH is conducting public review of the draft skin notations and supporting technical documents, or Skin Notations Profiles, for 25 chemicals. According to NIOSH, the Skin Notation Profile for a chemical is “intended to provide information supplemental to the skin notation, including a summary of all relevant data used to aid in determining the hazards associated with skin exposures.” Comments on these documents must be received by NIOSH on or before Jan. 21, 2014. For more information, view the Federal Register notice.

Request for Public Comment on Proposed Research on Indium-tin Oxide

NIOSH invites comments on a proposed study that would investigate lung health of workers at an indium-tin oxide production facility. According to NIOSH, the goal of the project is to understand and prevent indium lung disease, a novel industrial disease, by studying the relationship between exposure and lung health among current indium-tin oxide manufacturing workers. For more information, view the Federal Register notice.