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Respirator Research, Where It Needs to Go.

Froines JR
NIOSH 1980 Sep:1-14
The directions in which NIOSH will move in the 1980's are explored, with particular emphasis on respirator programs and research. The growth of interest in occupational safety and health in the United States since passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the potential effects of the current antiregulatory mood are discussed. Compliance experience with respect to respirators is reviewed. Problems contributing to worker criticism of respirators are identified and methods which could be used to encourage worker acceptance of respirators are presented. Ways in which OSHA and NIOSH have contributed to the lack of innovative respirator research and development of more acceptable respirators are discussed. Major respirator research priorities are identified. The author concludes that the most important research needs are evaluation of the effectiveness and limitations of current respiratory protection programs in general, evaluation of the effectiveness of respirators under actual use conditions, and increased research with respect to positive pressure respirators.
Industrial-hygiene; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection;
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Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches;
Source Name
Papers from the NIOSH International Respirator Research Workshop, September 9-11, 1980, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
Page last reviewed: February 11, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division