BOX 1-1

PPT Program Strategic Goals and Objectives

Strategic Goal 1: Reduce Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

Objective 1.

Ensure the integrity of the national inventory of respirators through the implementation of a just-in-time respirator certification process.

Objective 2.

Develop CBRN respirator standards to reduce exposure to CBRN threats.

Objective 3.

Ensure the availability of mine emergency respirators for escape from mines.

Objective 4.

Improve reliability and level of protection by developing criteria that influence personal protective equipment designs to better fit the range of facial dimensions of respirator users in the U.S. workforce.

Objective 5.

Quantify the impacts of various personal protective equipment on viral transmission.

Objective 6.

Evaluate the nanofiber-based fabrics and NIOSH-certified respirators for respiratory protection against nanoparticles.

Objective 7.

Develop and make available end-of-service-life indicator (ESLI) technologies that reliably sense or model performance to ensure respirator users receive effective respiratory protection.

Objective 8.

Gather information on the use of respirators in the workplace to identify research, intervention, and outreach needs.

Strategic Goal 2: Reduce Exposure to Dermal Hazards

Objective 1.

Improve chemical-barrier protective clothing testing and use practices to reduce worker exposure to chemical dermal hazards.

Objective 2.

Improve emergency responder protective clothing to reduce exposure to thermal, biological, and chemical dermal hazards.

Objective 3.

Investigate physiological and ergonomic impact of protective ensembles on individual wearers in affecting worker exposure to dermal hazards.

Strategic Goal 3: Reduce Exposure to Injury Hazards

Objective 1.

Develop and evaluate warning devices for fire services.

NOTE: CBRN = chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear.


*The PPT Program has additional objectives under this strategic goal that are related to hearing protection, protection from falls, and antivibration technologies (Box 1-2). These objectives are not the focus of this review; some aspects of these objectives have been discussed in other National Academies’ reviews.

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