Bringing the Science to the PPE Standards—Impact on Pandemic Influenza and Ebola Response Activities

Wednesday, May 25 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Healthcare, Protective Clothing and Equipment, Respiratory Protection

Arranger: Z. Zhuang, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA. Moderator: R. Metzler, Richard W Metzler Inc., Houston, PA. Monitors: N. Gaydos, Axiall Corp., Irwin, PA; L. Janssen, Larry Janssen Consulting, LLC, Stillwater, MN.

In general, PPE that offers the highest levels of protection tends to be the most stressful to the wearer. Increased thermal discomfort is closely related to PPE usability and tolerability. NIOSH Studies are being conducted to better understand and mitigate PPE-related discomfort / heat stress issues in first responders and healthcare workers. Presenters will discuss NIOSH research findings, an overview of NIOSH’s strategies to address the logistical challenges associated with PPE availability, explain how the PPE recommendations changed over time, and describe the recent respirator standards development. PPE purchase, distribution, and use scenarios experienced during the Ebola response and in the context of an effort to develop a monitoring system in hospitals will be described.

Standards and Research on Protective Clothing Used in Healthcare for Protection Against Microorganisms in Blood and Body Fluids L. Portnoff, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA.

Design Considerations for B95 Respirators M. Parham, Scott Health and Safety, Monroe, NC.

Strategies to Address the Logistical Challenges Associated with PPE Availability  M. D’Alessandro, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA.

NIOSH’s Ebola Response Efforts and Changes in PPE Guidance C. Dowell, CDC/NIOSH, Atlanta, GA.

Recent Respirator Standards Development D. Chirdon, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA.