Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators, 54315 [2017-24950]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 221 / Friday, November 17, 2017 / Proposed Rules avian influenza viruses to mitigate the risk to public health and safety. Thus, HHS/CDC believes the public interest is best served by the withdrawal of the NPRM identified in this document. The withdrawal of the proposed rule identified in this document does not preclude HHS/CDC from initiating future rulemaking concerning the influenza viruses that contain the hemagglutinin (HA) from the Goose Guangdong/1/96 lineage (the influenza viruses that contain the hemagglutinin (HA) from the A/Gs/Gd/1/96 lineage), including wild-type viruses or influenza viruses that contain the HA from the A/ Gs/Gd/1/96 lineage that were made transmissible among mammals by respiratory droplets. The NPRM published on July 16, 2015 (82 FR 42079), is hereby withdrawn. Dated: November 13, 2017. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. [FR Doc. 2017–24952 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 42 CFR Part 84 [Docket No. HHS–OS–2009–0019; NIOSH– 0137] RIN 0920–AA33 Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal. rmajette on DSKBCKNHB2PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:57 Nov 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the withdrawal of its 2009 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The 2009 NPRM proposed to establish total inward leakage requirements for halfmask, air-purifying particulate respirators approved by NIOSH. DATES: As of November 17, 2017, the proposed rule published on October 30, 2009, at 74 FR 56141, is withdrawn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Weiss, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS–C46, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Telephone: (855) 818–1629 (this is a toll-free number); email: NIOSHregs@cdc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 30, 2009, HHS published an NPRM (74 FR 56141) that proposed to establish total inward leakage requirements for half-mask, airpurifying particulate respirators approved by NIOSH under regulations found in 42 CFR part 84. The NPRM included a 60-day comment period closing on December 29, 2009, which was eventually extended to September 30, 2010 (April 20, 2010, 75 FR 20546). In response to the proposed rule, HHS received comments from five respirator manufacturers, one manufacturer of laboratory test equipment, two labor unions, one trade organization, one state’s departments of public health and occupational safety and health, three consulting firms, and three private individuals in the field of respiratory protection. Stakeholders presented SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 54315 evidence that the approval decision outcomes could vary significantly between human subject panels that would be constituted according to the proposed test protocol, and expressed concern that the proposed approval requirements would not improve the performance of NIOSH-approved respirators on the market and might eliminate good-performing respirators from the market. Stakeholders also expressed concern that the cost of conducting inward leakage testing using the protocol proposed by NIOSH would be prohibitive and that costs would likely outweigh benefits. As a result of the stakeholder input submitted to the docket and during public meetings, NIOSH decided instead to pursue improved inward leakage performance of this class of respirators through participation in national and international consensus standard development efforts, rather than rulemaking. Thus, HHS finds that the public interest is best served by withdrawing the 2009 total inward leakage NPRM. The withdrawal of the 2009 total inward leakage NPRM does not preclude HHS from initiating future rulemaking concerning total inward leakage requirements for half-mask, airpurifying particulate respirators. The NPRM published on October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141) is hereby withdrawn. Dated: November 13, 2017. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. [FR Doc. 2017–24950 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P E:\FR\FM\17NOP1.SGM 17NOP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 84

[Docket No. HHS-OS-2009-0019; NIOSH-0137]
RIN 0920-AA33


Total Inward Leakage Requirements for Respirators

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located 
within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the 
withdrawal of its 2009 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The 2009 
NPRM proposed to establish total inward leakage requirements for half-
mask, air-purifying particulate respirators approved by NIOSH.

DATES: As of November 17, 2017, the proposed rule published on October 
30, 2009, at 74 FR 56141, is withdrawn.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Weiss, Office of the Director, 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1090 Tusculum 
Avenue, MS-C46, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Telephone: (855) 818-1629 (this 
is a toll-free number); email: NIOSHregs@cdc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 30, 2009, HHS published an NPRM 
(74 FR 56141) that proposed to establish total inward leakage 
requirements for half-mask, air-purifying particulate respirators 
approved by NIOSH under regulations found in 42 CFR part 84. The NPRM 
included a 60-day comment period closing on December 29, 2009, which 
was eventually extended to September 30, 2010 (April 20, 2010, 75 FR 
20546).
    In response to the proposed rule, HHS received comments from five 
respirator manufacturers, one manufacturer of laboratory test 
equipment, two labor unions, one trade organization, one state's 
departments of public health and occupational safety and health, three 
consulting firms, and three private individuals in the field of 
respiratory protection. Stakeholders presented evidence that the 
approval decision outcomes could vary significantly between human 
subject panels that would be constituted according to the proposed test 
protocol, and expressed concern that the proposed approval requirements 
would not improve the performance of NIOSH-approved respirators on the 
market and might eliminate good-performing respirators from the market. 
Stakeholders also expressed concern that the cost of conducting inward 
leakage testing using the protocol proposed by NIOSH would be 
prohibitive and that costs would likely outweigh benefits.
    As a result of the stakeholder input submitted to the docket and 
during public meetings, NIOSH decided instead to pursue improved inward 
leakage performance of this class of respirators through participation 
in national and international consensus standard development efforts, 
rather than rulemaking. Thus, HHS finds that the public interest is 
best served by withdrawing the 2009 total inward leakage NPRM. The 
withdrawal of the 2009 total inward leakage NPRM does not preclude HHS 
from initiating future rulemaking concerning total inward leakage 
requirements for half-mask, air-purifying particulate respirators.
    The NPRM published on October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141) is hereby 
withdrawn.

    Dated: November 13, 2017.
Eric D. Hargan,
Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
[FR Doc. 2017-24950 Filed 11-16-17; 8:45 am]
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