The NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) seeks public comments and recommendations to help the agency update its PPE-Info database. PPE-Info, which NIOSH says is the only U.S. database that compiles, tracks, and updates comprehensive information about national personal protective equipment (PPE) standards and select product information, allows users to conduct general or advanced-criteria searches of relevant federal standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, and accredited lab information. PPE-Info also provides guidance for medical response personnel for PPE selection, including information on products that claim compliance with relevant protection standards for a specific response, such as Ebola.
Examples of issues NIOSH seeks feedback on are whether the database should include a list of PPE that conforms to a given standard along with the corresponding level of conformity and whether the agency should add additional logic assistance. Individuals are encouraged to suggest new content or capabilities that could be included in PPE-Info to further improve health and safety outcomes for U.S. workers.
Comments are due by April 13, 2017. More information on submitting comments is available on NIOSH’s website. A link to a form for providing general feedback is included near the bottom of the database home page.
NPPTL is the division of NIOSH that works to prevent diseases, injury, and death for workers relying on personal protective equipment (PPE).