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What is CBRNE? - CRU Description

CBRNE-CRU is a multi-functional unit that employs the technology of two or more different types of respiratory protective devices (RPD) separately to provide protection against CBRNE hazards.

A CBRNE-CRU may be a combination of the following:

• Open Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (OC-SCBA)

• Closed Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (CC-SCBA)

• Supplied Air Respirator (SAR)

• Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

• Air-Purifying Respirator (APR)

Personal Protective Equipment Performance Standards

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed hazwoper training performance appropriate standards and test procedures for all classes of respirators that will provide respiratory protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agent inhalation hazards. These NIOSH CBRN respirator standards can be accessed at www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/standardsdev/cbrn/. NIOSH Statement of Standard for CBRN Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) The purpose of this standard is to specify minimum requirements to determine the effectiveness of open-circuit, positive-pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) used during entry into a CBRN atmospheres at or above Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH), or entry into unknown atmospheres.

Approval under NIOSH 42 CFR Part 84, Subpart H

Compliance with NFPA 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services Special Tests under NIOSH 42 CFR 84.63(c)
1. Chemical Agent Permeation and Penetration Resistance Against Distilled Sulfur Mustard (HD) and Sarin (GB)
2. Laboratory Respirator Protection Level (LRPL)

NIOSH Statement of Standard for CBRN Full Facepiece Air-Purifying Respirator (APR)

The purpose of this standard is to specify minimum requirements to determine the effectiveness of full facepiece air-purifying respirators (APR) used during entry into CBRN atmospheres not Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH).

NIOSH Statement of Standard for CBRN Power Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR)

The purpose of this standard is to specify minimum requirements to determine the effectiveness of tight-fitting and loose-fitting power air-purifying respirators (PAPR) used during entry into a CBRN or HAZWOPER atmosphere not Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), under the authorization of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, provides a testing approval and certification program assuring commercial availability of safe respiratory protective devices. The NIOSH Certified Equipment List or 40 hour HAZWOPER equipment is available in an internet searchable format at www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/CEL/default.html.

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