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Personal Protective Equipment Products Standards (PPE-PROS) Database

What is PPE-PROS?

PPE-PROS is a comprehensive tool that connects standard developers, manufacturers, purchasers, and end-users to relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards and regulations.

What is the purpose?

The PPE-PROS Database is intended to serve as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Data in the current application focus on respiratory and non-respiratory technologies as well as some direct test method standards.

The database provides standards developers, manufacturers, purchasers, and end-users of PPE with a comprehensive tool which allows general or advanced criteria searches of relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, accredited lab information, and a surplus of additional pertinent information.

What information does it include?

The database is a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards for respiratory and non-respiratory occupational PPE.

Standards in the database are accurate, up-to-date, and inclusive of the National standards that exist for PPE. Information was gathered from the U.S. Government, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), accredited standard development organizations (SDOs), and International standards organizations (when applicable nationally).

The standards in PPE-PROS describe characteristics for which most conformity is sought. This includes specific requirements such as; test methods, inspections, design, performance, surveillance, and regulatory action. The current application contains national and international conformity assessment (CA) standards.

The type of CA assessment (e.g.; indicating whether a standard requires or suggests first through third party testing, inspection, certification, or inspection) is also included.

What are the benefits of PPE-PROS?

  • Information on product standards and conformance is accessible
  • It is efficient method of conveying product safety and suitability information to a buyer or end-user
  • It can increase reliance and trust between standards development organizations manufacturers and end-users of PPE

What information is included?

Standards in the database are believed to be current, except when superseded standards are still permissible by regulation. The standards included in this database come from the International Standards Organization (ISO), the U.S. Government, and SDOs accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


Data about PPE standards are stored, updated, and regularly checked for accuracy (we don’t need this and the statement above. Which is accurate?) I would use the above paragraph and eliminate this one 3/19/2015
  • Title of Standard
  • Standard Number
  • Link
  • Standard Status
  • Occupational Descriptors & Codes
  • Hazard Type & Category
  • PPE Type & Category
  • General CA Information Certification Notes
  • Referenced Standards
  • Standard Descriptions
  • Publish Dates
  • Revision Dates
  • Standard Development Organization
  • Standard Type
  • General Notes
What Standards Development Organizations’ information is included? Is this an accurate title?

How about “Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) Partnerships” title here ??? 3/19/2019

  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • American National Standards Institute/American Dental Association (ANSI/ADA)
  • American National Standards Institute/Acoustical Society of America (ANSI/ASA)
  • American National Standards Institute/American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ANSI/ASSE)
  • American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA)
  • ASTM International (ASTTM)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • NSF International (NSF)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • U.S. Federal Specification
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA)
  • Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

How is a Data Search Conducted?

The database incorporates a form, which allows simple search criteria or advanced searches for standards by any of the following:

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  • Title
  • Standard Number
  • Full Text
  • Filters (Advanced Search Only)
    • Personal Protective Equipment Category
    • Hazard Category
    • Standard Organization
    • Standard Type
    • Standard Status
    • SOC Code

What is the future of PPE-PROS

The future direction and functionality of the PPE-PROS Database depends on its users. Below are a few concepts that stakeholders have generated, and we welcome new ideas as the database grows.

  • Refine the application with assistance from stakeholders in the PPE community
  • Complete/update data by forming partnerships with Standards Development Organizations and work to increase automation of standard revisions.
  • Data analysis using SOC code descriptors
  • Develop information about PPE products that claim to comply with the regulations and standards in this database (both third party certifications and first party declaration of conformance)
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of information regarding conformity assessment activities (e.g. certification, testing, inspection, quality management) for PPE
  • Use in hospital emergency response guidance to national epidemics.