[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 223 (Tuesday, November 19, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 69361]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27445]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 84

[Docket No. CDC-2013-0017; NIOSH-250]


Development of Inward Leakage Standards for Half-Mask Air-
Purifying Particulate Respirators

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS.

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On September 17, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational 
Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) held a public meeting concerning inward leakage 
performance requirements for the class of NIOSH-certified non-powered 
air-purifying particulate respirators approved as half-facepiece 
respirators for protection from particulate-only hazards. The purpose 
of this meeting was to share information and to seek stakeholder 
feedback, in identified topic areas, concerning the development of 
inward leakage performance standards. Questions concerning the 
identified topics of specific interest were included in the meeting 
notice published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2013. Written 
comments were to be received by October 18, 2013. HHS/CDC received a 
request from a stakeholder for additional time to comment on this 
notice. In consideration of this request HHS/CDC is reopening the 
public comment period through December 31, 2013.

DATES: Stakeholder comments to the questions included in the notice of 
September 4, 2013 (78 FR 54432) must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 
December 31, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     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 
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS) and docket number 
(CDC-2013-0017; NIOSH-250). All relevant comments, including any 
personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents and 
submitted comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Miller, NIOSH National 
Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), 626 Cochrans Mill 
Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236; (412) 386-4956 (this is not a toll free 
number) or email csmiller1@cdc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Questions for stakeholders regarding the 
development of inward leakage performance standards for half-mask air-
purifying particulate respirators were published in the Federal 
Register on September 4, 2013 (78 FR 54432).

Kathleen Sebelius,
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-27445 Filed 11-18-13; 8:45 am]
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