NIOSH Reopens Comment Period on Fentanyl PPE
NIOSH has reopened the comment period for its invitation to manufacturers to take part in an expansion of the PPE-Info database by adding products that protect against fentanyl exposure. Materials related to the expansion and the NIOSH notice are available at https://www.regulations.gov at docket number CDC-2018-0085.
The commenting period has now been extended to April 1st 2019 and NIOSH is accepting electronic or written comments expressing a willingness to participate. The agency published a statement saying the comment period had been repoened at the request of interested parties.
The PPE-Info database is a collection of national PPE information. The database provides PPE standards-setting organizations, manufacturers, suppliers, purchasers, and end users with the ability to conduct searches of relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, and additional pertinent information.
NIOSH is expanding the PPE-Info Database as a tool to connect existing protection standards with relevant PPE information for protection against fentanyl and its analogues. This new aspect of the NIOSH PPE-Info Database will allow end users to find products that are compliant (as confirmed by manufacturer) with the protection standards outlined by the CDC Fentanyl PPE Guidance; the objective is to include information about all PPE types associated with the CDC Fentanyl PPE Guidance as the information becomes available. NIOSH will develop individual Memoranda of Understanding with PPE manufacturers to facilitate the sharing of product information. The primary focus of the collaboration with an individual manufacturer will be to obtain manufacturer product information to be collected and displayed in the NIOSH PPE-Info Database and the verification, by the manufacturer, or product information displayed in the NIOSH PPE-Info Database.