During this presentation, speakers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) will provide an overview of how novel and emerging technologies may be applied to respiratory protection and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), the new role of PPE in non-traditional settings, and closing PPE gaps for underserved populations.
NIOSH supports the PPE needs of all occupational user groups, this includes developing methods to evaluate PPE and developing PPE performance requirements. The research conducted within NPPTL serves to push forward the state of science related to PPE and assessing the impact of PPE on the user’s protection and ability to perform tasks. The future of PPE requires NPPTL to capitalize on advancements in technologies and materials. It is additionally important that NIOSH support the use of PPE in non-traditional settings as well as the needs of historically underserved PPE user groups.