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NIOSH NPPTL Meeting for All Respirator Manufacturers, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers

August 30, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is holding a meeting for all respirator manufacturers on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the NIOSH Pittsburgh site. All manufacturers, manufacturer application preparers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Remote participation, via Adobe Connect, will be available. The meeting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Topics to be discussed include; Recommendations from the Respirator Certification Program Internal Process Evaluation; Respirator Fee Update; Updated Standard Application Form; Updated Standard Application Procedure; Training Module Plan; and Respirator Standards Update.

Registration is required for both in-person and Adobe Connect participation. Because this meeting is being held at a Federal site, pre-registration is required on or before November 14, 2016 and a government-issued photo ID will be required to obtain entrance to the facility.

Non‐U.S. citizens need to register on or before October 26, 2016 to allow sufficient time for mandatory facility security clearance procedures to be completed. Once your registration form, indicating you are not a U.S. Citizen, is received you will receive an email from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) International Visitor Requests. This email will include a link to a secure site requesting additional information. CDC approval must be established before entry to the CDC NIOSH site will be permitted. All foreign nationals must present the same documents submitted with the visitor registration form [current passport and entry visa (if required), or permanent residency card] at the security gate on the day of your visit. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email Mike Dojcak,, or by phone at 412-386-5295.

Members of the Conformity Verification and Standards Development Branch staff will be available for one-on-one meetings from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016. If you would like to schedule time to discuss quality assurance, project review, approval issues, or lab operations and post-approval monitoring activities, please contact Tom Pouchot. Tom may also be reached by telephone at 412-386-4036.

Hotel Accommodations: There are several hotels located in close proximity to the NIOSH facility.

Hampton Inn – 4.6 miles from NIOSH. Shuttle service does not extend to NIOSH.
1550 Lebanon Church Road, Pittsburgh PA 15236

Spring Hill Suites – 4.4 miles from NIOSH. Shuttle service does not extend to NIOSH.
1000 Regis Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15236
412 653 9800

Holiday Inn Express – 5.8 miles from NIOSH. Shuttle service does not extend to NIOSH
3122 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin PA 15122

Comfort Inn – 4.4 miles from NIOSH. No local shuttle service.
1340 Lebanon Church Road, Pittsburgh PA 15236

None of these hotels offer shuttle service to/from the airport.

If you do not want to rent a car, there are a few limo services that other visitors have used with success.

J&W – 412-720-7721
Carey Limo – 412-731-8671
Uber is another option.

Lunch: We will offer a box lunch option that will be delivered to the meeting room. The box lunch options order form is linked from the registration page. NOTE: There are no other options for lunch in this building. The vending machine choices are limited to snacks and soft drinks. The cost is $8.00 per person (cash only), which must be paid that morning. The deadline for ordering or cancelling lunches is 10:00 a.m. on November 9.

Questions can be directed to 412-386-4000 or

Sincerely yours,

David Chirdon
Chief, Conformity Verification and Standards Development Branch
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory

Letter [PDF – 72 KB]