Federal Register Notice on Elastomeric Half Mask Respirators Extended

NIOSH and the Strategic National Stockpile posted an extension to the federal register notice (FRN), A National Elastomeric Half Mask Respirator (EHMR) Strategy for Use in Healthcare Settings During an Infectious Disease Outbreak/Pandemic. Through this FRN, NIOSH seeks input about the national distribution plan for EHMRs. NIOSH also looks to identify potential organizations interested in receiving EHMRs with the commitment to provide a user report. EHMRs are reusable respirators that may be worn in a healthcare setting, supplementing the supply of disposable respirators available to healthcare workers. The updated deadline for comments is on December 14. To learn more about how your organization can participate in this effort, please join us for a webinar on November 18th 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. Registration for the webinar is here.