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Final Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator Compliance Guidance

On December 28, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of an interim guidance document addressing the availability of closed-circuit escape respirators (CCERs) for purchase, and the readiness of respirator manufacturers to comply with the regulatory provisions addressing these respirators. After consideration of public comments, NIOSH has revised the guidance and now announces that NIOSH does not intend to revoke any certificate of approval for any escape respirator approved for use in mining in accordance with NIOSH regulations, that are manufactured, labeled, or sold prior to June 1, 2019, provided that there is no cause for revocation under existing NIOSH regulation.

For more information, please view the final CCER guidance document: Closed-Circuit Escape Respirators Approved for Use in Mining; 42 CFR Part 84, Subpart O Compliance; Guidance for Industry; Final [PDF – 105 KB]

View the initial CCER guidance document.