Background and Purpose
Health care workers in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, and physician offices can be exposed to serious infectious diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, measles and meningitis. Staff in health care workplaces must be trained and equipped to protect themselves and prevent the spread of these diseases. Our health care community must also be prepared to protect workers whenever a novel pathogen emerges, such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza.
Respiratory protection is one important component of an effective infection control program. Respirators for protection against infectious diseases must be used effectively and in compliance with the Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection and Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standards. We have been working with the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, hospitals and other health care partners to help implement effective infection control and respiratory protection programs to protect both workers and the public.
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