Activity

Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health


Type: Standing Committee
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Health Care Workforce, Public Health
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

In response to a request from the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has formed a Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health. 

The standing committee provides a forum for discussion of scientific and technical issues relevant to the development, certification, deployment, and use of personal protective equipment, standards, and related systems to ensure workplace safety and health.

Topics that may be addressed by the Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health or by sponsored workshops and future studies by NASEM committees include:

  • the need for expert guidance on state-of-the-art materials and systems, and laboratory and field research strategies;
  • development of criteria and standards for practice and operations, including management and communications; and
  • identification of best practices for interagency cooperation with partners and stakeholders. 

Additional topics include

  • training and education;
  • creating equipment user-guidance documents;
  • improving access to information by stakeholders; and
  • performance measurement strategies.

The committee will also provide liaison and oversight to ad hoc study committees requested by NIOSH and approved by NASEM. Standing committee discussions have led to the formation of a number of ad hoc committees, which have investigated topics related to personal protective equipment and authored the reports listed on the right side of your screen under "Related Reports."

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