Before respiratory protection products can be lawfully used within an occupational environment anywhere in the United States, they must meet the requirements set by a government agency called the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH must certify any respirator or respiratory protective product before it can be used in any workplace: medical, industrial, educational, etc. The regulation that empowers NIOSH to regulate and certify respiratory protective products is 42 CFR Part 84. By that same authority, NIOSH develops numerous standard test methods for evaluating the performance of respiratory PPE. NIOSH tests products to these standards at the government laboratory that it works in concert with, the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), before doing extensive QA and QC reviews before certifying (or “approving”) a product for use.
ICS Laboratories, Inc. is the only third-party independent testing laboratory that has been recognized by NIOSH to provide pre-submittal testing, which is required by NIOSH as part of the approval process. Further, ICS is the only conformity assessment body that is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited to perform tests according to NIOSH-developed standard test procedures. ICS’ scope of accreditation currently lists more than 75 NIOSH tests methods. Our experienced staff works closely with NIOSH, ensuring that the most appropriate and effective testing is conducted.
Beyond the performance of pre-certification testing to NIOSH procedures, ICS serves its clients throughout the NIOSH approval process, assisting with required documentation, application forms, quality assurance procedures and quality control records. Contact us now to discuss your needs with respect to NIOSH certification.