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Respirator Research - Where It Needs To Go.

Held BJ
NIOSH 1980 Sep:43-47
A discussion of past and current research relating to respirators is presented. The adversary atmosphere in which current research relating to respiratory protection takes place is described. The need for a better exchange of information among professional organizations involved in respiratory protection research and for broader based advisory committees for research organizations is discussed. The lack of adequate research in the practical aspects of respirator use is described. The need for new approaches to respiratory protection generally is mentioned. Ways in which test and approval schedules in the United States could and should be improved are discussed. The author recommends that respirator research during the 1980's attempt to reverse the adversary atmosphere of respiratory protection efforts, improve communications between organizations and countries, collect and analyze all research and development of the past decade in order to use and refine it, set research and development priorities, coordinate current research, and expand input sources in an effort to develop new and better ways to provide respiratory protection.
Safety-engineering; Equipment-design; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Respiratory-protective-equipment;
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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