[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 250 (Thursday, December 30, 2010)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32964]

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stakeholders Meeting To Provide Updates on NIOSH-Funded Research, 
Certification and Standards, Educate Participants on Resources To 
Reinforce the Proper Use of NIOSH-Certified Respirators, and Explore 
Personal Protective Technology Use in Industry Sectors

AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Program and National 
Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) will conduct a 
stakeholders meeting to provide updates on NIOSH-funded research, 
certification and standards, educate participants on resources to 
reinforce the proper use of NIOSH-certified respirators, and explore 
personal protective technology use in industry sectors. In addition, 
conformity assessment (certification and standards) needs and gaps 
relative to the personal protective technology will be discussed at 
this meeting.

DATES: The public meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 29, 

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh 
International Airport, 1111 Airport Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15231, 
telephone 724-899-1234.

Director, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, telephone 412-386-6111, 
fax 412-386-4951, E-mail [email protected].

    Status: The meeting will be open to the public, limited only by the 
space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 200 
people. Preregistration is recommended. This meeting will also be 
available through remote access capabilities (Microsoft Live Meeting), 
whereby participants simultaneously listen and view presentations over 
the internet. This option will be available to participants on a first-
come, first-serve basis and is limited to the first 100 participants. 
Preregistration for this option is required.
    Instructions: Registration and additional Information is available 
on the NIOSH NPPTL Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl or by 
contacting NIOSH NPPTL Office of the Director, P.O. Box 18070, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15236, telephone 412-386-6111, fax 412-386-6617, E-mail 
[email protected].
    Background: While this meeting will highlight the personal 
protective technology related to the four industries, the information 
and technology is relevant and can be transferred to other industries.
    Discussions will highlight the following four occupational sectors:
    1. Agriculture--Discussions will focus on identifying solutions to 
major barriers for appropriate PPE use practices that occur in 
pesticide handling in agricultural crop production. Discussions will 
use a process flow approach for focusing on each of the critical stages 
for PPE use in pesticide handling. Potential barriers and regulations, 
such as those identified from brainstorming meetings of the NIOSH PPE 
Surveillance and Intervention Program for Agricultural Pesticide 
Handlers, that may influence safe performance will be highlighted. 
Stakeholders will provide their input, clarify barriers and help 
identify solutions for future development. The goal of these 
discussions is to bring diverse stakeholders together to discuss 
barriers to appropriate PPE use and to jointly formulate and develop 
creative solutions.
    2. Mining--One session will focus on technologies to improve 
current self-contained self-rescuer (SCSR) designs and mine rescue 
ensembles. Presentations from researchers, manufacturers, and users 
will focus on SCSR design improvements and technologies to address user 
needs. The second session will focus on best practices learned from 
ensemble users, performance requirements for mine rescue ensembles and 
identification of existing limitations and current best practices.
    3. Healthcare--PPE use and usability issues in acute care and 
community healthcare settings and the alignment of current and 
recommended PPT research to narrow knowledge gaps, reduce exposures, 
and improve healthcare worker proper use and compliance will be 
emphasized. These sessions will explore respiratory protective 
equipment use and application issues as well as use and application 
issues with other types of PPE commonly used in healthcare, including 
integrated ensembles.
    4. Public Safety--These sessions will focus on personal protective 
technology applications, performance/certification standards and use 
related to the fire service and law enforcement communities. Two 
breakout sessions will be conducted, one for fire service and one for 
law enforcement. The fire service-related breakout session will include 
issues and requirements related to the design, certification, 
inspection of firefighting personal protection ensembles, and NIOSH 
research supporting use of protective ensembles and respiratory 
protective equipment by the fire service. The law enforcement breakout 
session will address performance requirements and standards for law 
enforcement protective ensembles with a focus on CBRN hazards. The CBRN 
Protective Ensemble Standard for Law Enforcement released by the 
National Institute for Justice in late 2010 will be discussed.

    Dated: December 21, 2010.
Tanja Popovic,
Deputy Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. 2010-32964 Filed 12-29-10; 8:45 am]