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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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Appendix B

Workshop Agenda

Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices:
Nontraditional Workers and Public Use

August 4–5, 2020
National Academies Webinar

DAY 1
August 4, 2020, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Charge to Workshop Speakers and Participants
Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H., DABT
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Planning Committee Chair
Maryann D’Alessandro, Ph.D., M.S.
Director
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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Session 1 Objectives

  • Describe the evolution in the assessment and approval of respiratory protective devices over the past century to respond to the needs of occupational users.
  • Discuss how these lessons can inform planning for future needs, such as the approval and use of respiratory protective devices by the public and by occupations that do not currently use respirators as part of a formal respiratory protection program.
10:45 a.m. SESSION 1: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE LAST 100 YEARS OF RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
Moderator: Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H., DABT
Planning Committee Chair
Richard Metzler, MSIE
Senior Scientist, Retired
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, NIOSH
11:00 a.m. Discussion with Planning Committee and Speaker (15 minutes)

Session 2 Objectives

  • Identify nontraditional respirator user populations1 (i.e., workers who perform duties outside of a formal respiratory protection program or the public) and examine the respiratory risks for these groups.
  • Describe the situation-specific needs of these populations, as well as current guidance regarding their use of respiratory protective devices and other respiratory protection strategies.
  • Explore how these risks compare to those encountered in professions that currently use respirators in the context of formal respiratory protection programs.
  • Examine how these situation-specific needs and respiratory risks align with existing recommendations, guidance, and standards.

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1 Target populations include outdoor workers in highly polluted environments (wildland firefighters and agricultural workers); non–health care workers exposed to respiratory risks (workers in meatpacking plants and grocery stores); government employees and families deployed to high air pollution locales; and the general public.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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11:15 a.m. SESSION 2A: RESPIRATORY RISKS AND USER REQUIREMENTS FOR NONTRADITIONAL WORKERS
Moderator: Robert Harrison, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco
Planning Committee Member
Bill Kojola, M.S.
Industrial Hygienist, Retired
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Joseph Domitrovich, Ph.D.
Exercise Physiologist
U.S. Forest Service
Kevin Riley, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director of Research and Evaluation
Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program
University of California, Los Angeles
11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion (30 Minutes)
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break (30 Minutes)
12:45 p.m. SESSION 2B: RESPIRATORY RISKS AND USER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PUBLIC
Moderator: John Balmes, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Planning Committee Member
Claire Huson, CIH
Industrial Hygienist
Department of State
Stephanie Holm, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director
Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Mark Nicas, Ph.D., M.P.H., CIH
Emeritus Adjunct Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion (30 Minutes)
1:45 p.m. Break (15 Minutes)

Session 3 Objective

  • Revisit the major themes and ideas of the day.
2:00 p.m. Rapporteurs:
John Balmes, M.D.
Planning Committee Member
Robert Harrison, M.D., M.P.H.
Planning Committee Member
2:15 p.m. Closing Remarks from Workshop Chair
2:30 p.m. Adjourn

DAY 2
August 5, 2020, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. Highlights from Day 1
Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H., DABT
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Planning Committee Chair

Session 4 Objectives

  • Review the current NIOSH Respiratory Approval Program and conformity assessment process for the occupational use of respirators.
  • Explore how existing conformity assessment processes and standards align with the health and safety requirements of nontraditional user groups and how these processes function to deliver technologies to the end user while balancing speed of delivery with safety.
  • Discuss what opportunities exist to develop or support conformity assessment processes for respiratory protective devices and control strategies, such as cloth face coverings, that are responsive to the specific requirements of these user groups.
  • Discuss conformity assessment models used in other countries, by third-party organizations, and in private industry for the occupational and non-occupational use of respirators and barrier masks.
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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10:45 a.m. SESSION 4A: ASSESSMENT PATHWAYS FOR RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE DEVICES FOR NONTRADITIONAL WORKERS
Moderator: Howard Cohen, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Yale School of Medicine
Planning Committee Member
Maryann D’Alessandro, Ph.D., M.S.
Director
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory NIOSH
Jeffrey Peterson
Branch Chief
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory NIOSH
Jeff Stull, M.S.
President
International Personnel Protection, Inc.
11:15 a.m. Discussion with Panelists and Discussant (30 minutes)
Discussant
Andrew Levinson, M.P.H.
Deputy Director
Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
11:45 a.m. Lunch Break (30 minutes)
12:15 p.m. SESSION 4B: ASSESSMENT PATHWAYS FOR RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE DEVICES AND OTHER OPTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC
Moderator: Daniel Shipp
International Safety Equipment Association, Retired Planning Committee Member
Jim Johnson, Ph.D., CIH, QEP
Consultant
JSJ & Associates
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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Emiel DenHartog, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Associate Professor
Associate Director Textile Protection and Comfort Center
North Carolina State University
Jonathan Szalajda, M.S.I.E., M.Eng.
Deputy Director
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, NIOSH
12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion (30 Minutes)
1:15 p.m. Break (15 Minutes)

Session 5 Objectives

  • Identify research gaps related to the assessment of respiratory risks and needs of different user groups.
  • Explore research priorities related to human factors engineering and psychology around the use of respiratory protective devices outside of a formal respiratory protection program.
  • Discuss challenges related to user acceptance and approaches for developing and communicating guidance on the effective use of respiratory protective devices and barrier masks to nontraditional workers and the public.
1:30 p.m. SESSION 5: RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Moderator: Tener Veenema, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., RN
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Planning Committee Member
Rachael Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
The University of Utah
Ayse Gurses, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Barbara Materna, Ph.D., CIH
Chief, Occupational Health Branch
California Department of Public Health
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (30 Minutes)
2:30 p.m. Break (15 Minutes)

Session 6 Objectives

  • Revisit the major themes and highlights of the workshop.
  • Discuss what additional research is required to deliver the appropriate respiratory protection to these groups.
  • Discuss future directions for conformity assessment and approval of respiratory protective devices for nontraditional workers and public use.
2:45 p.m. SESSION 6: REFLECTIONS FROM THE WORKSHOP
Moderator: Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H., DABT
Planning Committee Chair
Howard Cohen, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Planning Committee Member
Daniel Shipp
Planning Committee Member
Tener Veenema, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., RN
Planning Committee Member
John Balmes, M.D.
Planning Committee Member
Robert Harrison, M.D., M.P.H.
Planning Committee Member
3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks from Workshop Chair
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices for Occupational and Non-Occupational Uses: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25951.
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To address approaches to the respirator approval process in the current landscape for both occupational and non-occupational use of respirators, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health convened a virtual workshop, Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices: Nontraditional Workers and Public Use on August 4–5, 2020. Additionally, the workshop considered gaps in respiratory protection for outdoor workers and the general public. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.

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