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SEL Number: 01AR-03-PAPM
Title: Respirator, Powered Air-Purifying (PAPR), Medical Response, NFPA 1999

Last Updated: 9/8/2020 5:57:20 PM

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Description: Emergency medical powered air-purifying respirator (certified as compliant with NFPA 1999).

ImportantFeatures: NFPA 1999 powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) are loose-fitting PAPRs where the hood is constructed of materials that meet the single-use garment material criteria specified in NFPA 1999, which include viral penetration resistance of materials, seams for the hood, and minimum physical properties. Respirator protection is provided using high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. NFPA 1999 PAPRs must also be certified by NIOSH under the relevant requirements of 42 CFR Part 84.

Operating Considerations: NFPA 1999 power air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) should be used whenever there is a strong likelihood for exposure to bloodborne or airborne pathogens through aerosol or liquid contact. Use of NFPA 1999 PAPRs offer the benefit of extended use time, lower breathing resistance, and improved perceived comfort from blower-based air; these respirators do not require qualitative or quantitative fit testing and thus can accommodate a large range of end user populations. User considerations are provided in OSHA Title 29 CFR 1910.132, 1910.134, and 1910.1030; NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program; and NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program.

Training Requirements: OSHA 1910.132
Initial Training: Minimal (<1 day)
Sustainment Training: Minimal (<1 day)

Mandatory Standards:

Applicable Standards and References:

  • Responder Safety: Infectious Diseases