NIOSH’s Second Elastomeric Half-Mask Respirator FRN Webinar
Elastomeric half mask respirators (EHMRs) are reusable respirators that may be worn in a healthcare setting and supplement the supply of disposable respirators available to healthcare workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)—in coordination with the Strategic National Stockpile—posted a Federal Register Notice (FRN) titled “A National Elastomeric Half Mask Respirator (EHMR) Strategy for Use in Healthcare Settings During an Infectious Disease Outbreak/Pandemic”.
Through this FRN, NIOSH is seeking input regarding the national distribution plan of purchased EHMRs, as well as identifying potential organizations interested in receiving a portion of these EHMRs with the commitment to provide a report of user acceptability and feasibility of implementation.
NIOSH is seeking organizations including, but not limited to:
- Hospital systems, individual hospitals, and/or specific hospital units (i.e., emergency department, intensive care units)
- Outpatient care settings (i.e., offices, clinics, home care, urgent care, rehab centers)
- Long term care facilities
- Dental practices
- First responder organizations (i.e., police, fire, EMS)
To learn more about how your organization can participate in this effort, please join us for a second webinar on November 18 from 1:00-2:00pm (ET). NIOSH will provide an overview of EHMRs, a summary of the FRN, expectations of potential participants, next steps, and answer any questions you may have.