Battelle Decontamination Unit for Cleaning/Sanitizing N95 Masks in Newport News Now Operating


The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has announced that the Battelle Decontamination System for N95 masks in Newport News is now operational.  The system will be decontaminating non-cellulose N95 masks for organizations tied to the health care in the COVID-19 response.

According to VDEM, if an organization has already registered and has masks ready to ship, they can go ahead and ship them now.  If an organization has not yet registered, and is tied to health care in the COVID response, the organization can register using the following steps:

Step 1: Download the Services Agreement [doc], have the organization's authorized representative sign it and return by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. VDEM will issue back a countersigned agreement.

Step 2: Once the organnization's signed services agreement has been sent, the organizaation can download and complete the Site Locations and POC Information form [xlsx] and return by email to Tony Angell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Note: Each row of data in the excel sheet should be for a physical location at which you would like to send and receive masks. Example a countywide fire department would want to put in a line for each firehouse so each can send and receive masks directly.

Step 3: 3-digit site codes for each location will be provided to the organization after the services agreement is executed. The 3-digit codes are to be marked on each N95 respirator the organizaation collects. The organization can then egin collecting and labeling its N95 respirators.  Each N95 respirator must be handled and labeled properly to be decontaminated. Below are specific instructions for details on how to collect, label, and package the respirators for shipment.

a.      Instructions for Healthcare Personnel (mask marking) [pdf]

b.      Instructions for Healthcare Facilities [pdf]

c.      HCP - Fact Sheet [pdf]

It is VERY IMPORTANT that every N95 is properly labeled and free of any visible soiling such as blood, bodily fluids, and makeup. Battelle will not decontaminate N95s that do not meet these requirements.

Step 4: When the organization prepares to send your N95s, it will need to download and fill out the Chain of Custody Form [xlsx]. It is necessary to provide one form per shipment.

Other important details about the service are located in the Battelle CCDS™ FAQs.

Attached are 1) an updated chart identifying masks that are treatable with the Battelle System, 2) a box placard label for shipping, 3) Example of a shipping label, 4) Description of the decontamination process, and 5) Chain of Custody Form.

Questions can be directed to the VDEM Points of Contact at the site, Ray Haring – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Todd Cannon – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..       

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Westmoreland Develops EMS Aerosol Reduction Box

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Westmoreland EMS developed a protection device to assist EMS providers reduce their exposure to aerosolized droplets/contaminants when performing procedures such as bag valve mask ventilations and intubations.  This device may be used on an ambulance stretcher and can be considered disposable should it become contaminated. 

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The link below gives a step-by-step process of how to build the Aerosol Reduction Box, how to fasten it to the stretcher, and how to utilize it.

Click  to download Aerosol Reduction Box  

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N95 Reprocessing Procedure (Riverside Health System)

Riverside Health System sends out their N95 masks for sterilization/decontamination if the mask meets certain criteria.  Please click on the link below to view Riverside's N95 Reprocessing Procedure

 Click Here to Download

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The FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Decontaminate N95 Respirators

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization to decontaminate N95 Masks/Respirators for reuse by healthcare workers in hospital settings 

The FDA granted the EUA to Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) for the STERRAD Sterilization Cycles (STERRAD 100S Cycle, STERRAD NX Standard Cycle, or STERRAD 100NX Express Cycle), which uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization. There are approximately 9,930 STERRAD Sterilization systems in approximately 6,300 hospitals across the U.S. STERRAD 100S Cycle, STERRAD NX Standard Cycle and STERRAD 100NX Express Cycle vary in reprocessing times from 55 minutes, to 28 minutes, and 24 minutes. Each can reprocess approximately 480 respirators per day

To view the emergency authorization from the F.D.A. CLICK HERE 

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Westmoreland EMS Ambulance Decontamination Gravity Fed Sprayer 

Assistant Chief R.B. Byrd of Westmoreland EMS has developed an ambulance decontamination process that is easily built.  The process describes the following:  

  1. Disinfectant types and concentrations
  2. Contact times
  3. Components of gravity fed sprayer
  4. Operation of gravity fed sprayer
  5. Cleaning procedures of sprayer components.

The link below gives a step-by-step process of how to build the decontamination system as well as how to utilize it to decontaminate your emergency apparatus.

  Click Here to Download 

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