Respirator Use in Health Care Workplaces – a Toolkit for Respirator Program Administrators
Our evaluations of respirator use in hospitals conducted during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2010-11 influenza season showed that some hospitals could use help to improve the effectiveness of their programs. We created this Respirator Program Toolkit with funding from the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory and in collaboration with a number of partners. It is designed to assist California hospital respirator program administrators, particularly those without formal education in workplace health and safety.
The Toolkit consists of a guide for respirator program administrators and related tools and resources. The guide covers key requirements of the Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection and Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standards, guidance on developing and evaluating a respiratory protection program, and information on the selection and use of respirators. The tools and resources were developed and/or compiled by CDPH and are available below and also through links within the guide itself.
Much of the information in this Toolkit will also be useful for health care settings other than hospitals that use respirators to reduce exposure to infectious diseases.
Tools and Resources