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Comparison of three respirator user training methods.

Authors
Harber-P; Boumis-RJ; Su-J; Barrett-S; Alongi-G
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(12):1484-1488
NIOSHTIC No.
20045037
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: This study addresses methods for training respirator users, particularly when occupational health professionals are not immediately available. METHODS: A randomized trial compared three training methods-printed brochure, video, and computer-based training-for two respirator types (filtering facepiece and a dual-cartridge half facemask). Quantitative fit testing (PortaCount) measured the effectiveness of training. The study included 226 subjects. RESULTS: For both respirator types, video was significantly superior to either print or computer-based training methods. Conclusions were consistent, whether determined by average fit factor (analysis of variance), log-transformed fit factors, or the number of users in the lowest quartile of achieved fit. CONCLUSIONS: Video training for proper respirator use can be effective when direct training from an occupational health professional is unavailable. These methods are particularly relevant to "rapid rollout" situations, such as natural disasters, epidemics, or bioterrorism concerns.
Keywords
Respirators; Training; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Respiratory-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection
Contact
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, 1656 E Mabel St, Room 112, MRB, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20131201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pharber@email.arizona.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008119
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
CA; AZ
Performing Organization
University of California, Los Angeles
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