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FDA Sponsored Study: Mitigate Shortage of Respiratory Protection Devices

Updated: Apr 18

Publication Date: 2019


Applied Research Associates, Inc., in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)–National Personal Protection Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), developed and evaluated methods for decontamination and reuse of respiratory protection devices (RPDs) in an effort to mitigate a shortage during a public health emergency.


A two-phase approach was implemented: 1) Optimize UV decontamination of single-use N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

2) Optimize reprocessing of reusable respirators – Half-Mask Elastomeric Respirators (HMERs) and Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)


The full report can be found here:

https://www.ara.com/sites/default/files/MitigateShortageofRespiratoryProtectionDevices_2.pdf




About the Mask-Sanitizer:


The Mask-Sanitizer is a Portable On-Site Face Mask Disinfection Chamber for disposable face masks. The disinfection method is eight (8) germicidal UV-C bulbs positioned in front of and behind the N95 face masks. 10 face masks can be disinfected during each 15-minute cycle. The Mask-Sanitizer can be used at hospitals, fire stations, police stations, nursing homes, etc., and can be located near the actual point of use. One or more mask-sanitizers can be located at each station, department, wing, hallway or emergency room, so there is no need to handle and disinfect mass numbers of masks at a central or off-site location. The Mask-Sanitizer is simple to operate, easy to roll around, and versatile enough to be transported in the back of a minivan or SUV.

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