NPPTL Protects Workers
I speak about personal protective equipment (PPE) often, to say the least. But, that is what I do. We specialize in this stuff so, even off the job, it is hard not to notice it—or the lack thereof.
So, it is only natural I should bring up the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL). The NPPTL was created at NIOSH Pittsburg for the sole purpose of leading a prevention initiative for workers reliant upon PPE.
NIOSH, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH was established in 1970 as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to ensure that “every man and woman in the Nation [has] safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” Source: cdc.gov
The NPPTL falls under NIOSH and, therefore, is also a part of the CDC.
NIOSH’s entire mission is to reduce and prevent risk and injury; Scientists study, design, and conduct extensive research for this purpose and that is where PPE and the NPPTL come into play. This is significant with concern to how PPE is regulated and the standards with which ANSI / ISEA require workers and employers to comply. The foundation of PPE is built upon worker safety, which is why ANSI / ISEA must revise these standards on a consistent basis.