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Respirator Awareness: Your Health May Depend On It

June 2013
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2013-138
cover of 2013-138

Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers

One of the occupational hazards in the healthcare setting is the airborne transmission of certain infectious diseases. The potential of exposure is not limited to physicians, nurses, and support personnel in direct patient care. It extends to those delivering food, cleaning patient rooms, and performing maintenance. Anyone working in areas with patients infected with airborne-transmissible diseases is potentially at risk.