[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 221 (Wednesday, November 18, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 59501-59502]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-27388]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 84

[Docket Number NIOSH-0137]
RIN 0920-AA33


Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators

AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will 
hold a public meeting concerning the proposed rule that was published 
in the Federal Register on Friday, October 30, 2009. The proposed rule 
proposes to establish total inward leakage (TIL) requirements for half-
mask air-purifying particulate respirators approved by NIOSH. The 
proposed new requirements specify TIL minimum performance requirements 
and testing to be conducted by NIOSH and respirator manufacturers to 
demonstrate that these respirators, when selected and used correctly, 
provide effective respiratory protection to intended users against 
toxic dusts, mists, fumes, fibers, and biological and infectious 
aerosols (e.g. influenza A(H5N1), severe acute respiratory syndrome 
(SARS) coronavirus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

DATES: Meeting: A public meeting on the proposed rule will be held on 
December 3, 2009. Details concerning those meetings are in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
    Comments: As established in the proposed rule of October 30, 2009 
(74 FR 56141), all written comments must be received on or before 
December 29, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN: 0920-AA33, by 
any of the following methods:

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     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: niocindocket@cdc.gov. Include ``RIN: 0920-AA33'' 
and ``42 CFR Part 84'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 
MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this 
rulemaking, RIN: 0920-AA33. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket, including any 
personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan V. Szalajda, NIOSH, National 
Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), Post Office Box 
18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236, 
telephone (412) 386-5200, facsimile (412) 386-4089, e-mail 
zfx1@cdc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Health and Human Services 
published a proposed rule on the Total Inward Leakage Requirements for 
Respirators on Friday, October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141).
    NIOSH will hold a public meeting on the proposed rule at the 
following time and location: December 3, 2009, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 
EST and ending at 4 p.m. EST, or after the last public commenter has 
spoken, whichever is earlier, at the Marriot Inn and Conference Center 
UMUC, 3501 University Boulevard E., Adelphi, MD 20783.
    Requests to make presentations at the public meeting should be 
mailed to the NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 
4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Requests may also be 
submitted by telephone (513) 533-8611, facsimile (513) 533-8285, or e-
mailed to niocindocket@cdc.gov.
    All requests to present should contain the name, address, telephone 
number and relevant business affiliations of the presenter, and the 
approximate time requested for the presentation. Oral presentations 
should be limited to 15 minutes.
    After reviewing the requests for presentations, NIOSH will notify 
the presenter that his/her presentation is scheduled. If a participant 
is not present when his/her presentation is scheduled to begin, the 
remaining participants will be heard in order. After the last scheduled 
speaker is heard, participants who missed their assigned times may be 
allowed to speak limited by time available. Attendees who wish to speak 
but did not submit a request for the opportunity to make a presentation 
may be given this opportunity after the scheduled speakers are heard, 
at the discretion of the presiding officer and limited by time 
available.
    This meeting will also be using Audio/LiveMeeting Conferencing, 
remote access capabilities where interested parties may listen in and 
review the presentations over the internet simultaneously. Parties 
remotely accessing the meeting will have the opportunity to comment 
during the open comment period. To register to use this capability, 
please contact the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory 
(NPPTL), Policy and Standards Development Branch, Post Office Box 
18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, telephone (412) 
386-5200, facsimile (412) 386-4089. This option will be available to 
participants on a first come, first serve basis and is limited to the 
first 50 participants.

    Dated: November 6, 2009.
James Stephens,
Associate Director of Science, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
[FR Doc. E9-27388 Filed 11-17-09; 8:45 am]
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