Respiratory Protection of Healthcare Workers

19 02 2011

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs notified the Emergency Management and Response–Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) produced a new training video for healthcare employers and workers explaining the proper use of respirators and the procedures to follow to assure respirators protect workers from airborne hazards in healthcare settings.

 The 33-minute video explains the major components of a respiratory protection program including fit-testing, medical evaluations, training, and maintenance.  The video also discusses the difference between respirators and surgical masks, features a segment on common respiratory hazards found in healthcare settings, and demonstrates how respirator use helps protect workers from exposure to airborne chemicals.

See here for another link to the OSHA training video.