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Proposed Rule

Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators

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AGENCY:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will hold a public meeting concerning the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 30, 2009. The proposed rule proposes to establish total inward leakage (TIL) requirements for half-mask air-purifying particulate respirators approved by NIOSH. The proposed new requirements specify TIL minimum performance requirements and testing to be conducted by NIOSH and respirator manufacturers to demonstrate that these respirators, when selected and used correctly, provide effective respiratory protection to intended users against toxic dusts, mists, fumes, fibers, and biological and infectious aerosols (e.g. influenza A(H5N1), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

DATES:

Meeting: A public meeting on the proposed rule will be held on December 3, 2009. Details concerning those meetings are in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

Comments: As established in the proposed rule of October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141), all written comments must be received on or before December 29, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by RIN: 0920-AA33, by any of the following methods:Start Printed Page 59502

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: niocindocket@cdc.gov. Include “RIN: 0920-AA33” and “42 CFR Part 84” in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking, RIN: 0920-AA33. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.cdc.gov/​niosh/​docket, including any personal information provided.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.cdc.gov/​niosh/​docket.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jonathan V. Szalajda, NIOSH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), Post Office Box 18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236, telephone (412) 386-5200, facsimile (412) 386-4089, e-mail zfx1@cdc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule on the Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators on Friday, October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141).

NIOSH will hold a public meeting on the proposed rule at the following time and location: December 3, 2009, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST and ending at 4 p.m. EST, or after the last public commenter has spoken, whichever is earlier, at the Marriot Inn and Conference Center UMUC, 3501 University Boulevard E., Adelphi, MD 20783.

Requests to make presentations at the public meeting should be mailed to the NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Requests may also be submitted by telephone (513) 533-8611, facsimile (513) 533-8285, or e-mailed to niocindocket@cdc.gov.

All requests to present should contain the name, address, telephone number and relevant business affiliations of the presenter, and the approximate time requested for the presentation. Oral presentations should be limited to 15 minutes.

After reviewing the requests for presentations, NIOSH will notify the presenter that his/her presentation is scheduled. If a participant is not present when his/her presentation is scheduled to begin, the remaining participants will be heard in order. After the last scheduled speaker is heard, participants who missed their assigned times may be allowed to speak limited by time available. Attendees who wish to speak but did not submit a request for the opportunity to make a presentation may be given this opportunity after the scheduled speakers are heard, at the discretion of the presiding officer and limited by time available.

This meeting will also be using Audio/LiveMeeting Conferencing, remote access capabilities where interested parties may listen in and review the presentations over the internet simultaneously. Parties remotely accessing the meeting will have the opportunity to comment during the open comment period. To register to use this capability, please contact the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), Policy and Standards Development Branch, Post Office Box 18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, telephone (412) 386-5200, facsimile (412) 386-4089. This option will be available to participants on a first come, first serve basis and is limited to the first 50 participants.

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Dated: November 6, 2009.

James Stephens,

Associate Director of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E9-27388 Filed 11-17-09; 8:45 am]

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