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Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge

Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge

Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has organized a Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge. The goal of this crowdsourcing competition is to find new ways to improve respirator fit testing. There is $350,000 in total prize money.

Concept Paper

To participate in the first phase of the competition, individuals or companies must submit by May 1 a concept paper that describes how to improve fit testing. Up to 20 of these papers could win $5,000 and be invited to continue to Phase 2 of the competition.

The Reason for the Competition

People and respirators come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Given the wide use of respirators and sporadic fit testing, it is important to find easier and more immediate ways for people to get feedback on whether their respirator is correctly fitted and working properly. This is the reason for the NIOSH competition.

How to Enter

Click here to visit the Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge home page and learn more about the competition, including how to enter.

Click here to read the press release for the challenge.

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