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Surveillance of Programs Using Respirators


  • Evaluate and identify methods to improve respirator use in the construction industry. Evaluate the interface of respirators with other PPE. Identify shortcomings in current respiratory protection programs and develop potential interventions. Evaluate interventions for utility and acceptance as judged by contractors/workers
  • Continue information dissemination and education about respirator use and practices.
  • Develop and evaluate other surveys related to PPE
Road construction photos

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134/ANSI Z88.2 for respiratory protection
  • NIOSH 42 CFR Part 84
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 - PPE

Key Partners

  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics



  • National Demolition Association
  • OSHA
  • ISEA and manufacturers
  • Construction workers
  • International Laborers Union of North America

Project Scope

  • Visit ARTBA sites - initial visit, interventions, and evaluations
  • Develop and evaluate other surveys related to PPE use
  • Disseminate information and provide education about respirator programs
  • BLS data runs - new data cross tabs and modeling indicators


  • Visited 4 National Demolition Association companies July & Aug 2006 in Houston & Chicago
  • Visited 2 large ARTBA companies Sept 2006 in Nashville and North Carolina
  • Protocol approved in May 2007
  • Visited 3 small ARTBA companies and 2 of them completed intervention/evaluation (2007-2008) April for 3rd
  • Expect to visit 4 more ARTBA companies in FY2008
  • Expect to visit 8 more ARTBA companies in FY2009


  • Final report published in 2003 "Respirator Usage in Private Sector Firms, 2001"
  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (8)
  • Manuscripts published or submitted to trade journals (18) R2P
  • Manuscripts in process (6)
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (16) R2P


  • User notices for airline respirators (MSHA Alert and OSHA CIB posted)
  • Intervention strategies implemented at sites visited
  • Intervention strategies and effective construction programs may be leveraged to improve respirator use in other industries
  • OSHA used the data from the joint BLS/NIOSH publication to develop the Assigned Protection Factor (APF) portion of the 1910.134 respirator standard
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)