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Recognizing Respiratory Hazards

Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to injury. The following references aid in recognizing and evaluating respiratory hazards in the workplace.

Respirators. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety and Health Topic, National Personal Protective Technology Library (NPPTL). Provides a list of links to topics pertaining to respirators.

What You Should Know in Deciding Whether to Buy Escape Hoods, Gas Masks, or Other Respirators for Preparedness at Home and Work. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Library (NPPTL), (2003, April 14). Provides information about respirators, how they work, and what is needed for a respirator to provide protection.

Respiratory Protection. OSHA Publication 3079, (2002), 279 KB PDF, 42 pages. Provides an overview of respiratory protection topics related to OSHA standards.

Findings of Survey Co-Developed by NIOSH Will Help Respirator Research, Recommendations. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (2002, March 22). Highlights survey findings to aid in developing new recommendations for the use of respirators in workplaces and designing new research projects to improve the effectiveness of respirators.

NIOSH Method Offers Faster Way To Identify Risk For Job-Related Histoplasmosis. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (2002, December 6). Discusses a method developed by NIOSH for a faster, more cost effective way to determine if workers are at risk of exposure to fungal spores on the job that can cause histoplasmosis.

Chemical and Biological Respiratory Protection Workshop Report. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2000-122, (2000, February). A technical workshop where over 140 subject matter experts discussed chemical and biological terrorism issues.

TB Respiratory Protection Program in Health Care Facilities. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 99-143, (1999, September). Designed to serve as a practical guide for those individuals responsible for initiating and running a tuberculosis respiratory protection program in health care facilities.

MSA Portal-Pack Units Pose Significant User Risk, Should Be Replaced Immediately with Certified Substitutes. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1997, November 14). Informs users that chemical fragments and fine particles may be present in the breathing tube of the Portal-Pack self-contained self-rescuer (SCSR), manufactured by Mine Safety Appliances Co. (MSA).

Histoplasmosis: Protecting Workers at Risk. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-109, (2004, December). Designed to help readers understand what histoplasmosis is, recognize activities with risks for exposure to H. capsulatum, and learn ways to protect themselves and others from exposure.

Controlling Exposures to Nitrous Oxide During Anesthetic Administration. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Naitional Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 94-100, (1994). Requests that safety and health officials, editors of appropriate journals, manufacturers of anesthetic equipment, union representatives, employers, and managers bring the recommendations in this alert to the attention of all workers who are at risk.

Appendix H: Medical Aspects of Wearing Respirators. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1991, September) 1.6 MB PDF, 28 pages. Includes information about occupational exposure to ethylene glycol monomethyl ether, ethylene glycol monoethyl ether, and their acetates.

NIOSH Guide to Industrial Respiratory Protection. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 87-116, (1987, September), 11 KB PDF, 305 pages. This resource covers types of respirators, guidance for selection and use, and user notices.

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