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The Basic Principles Underlying the Standardization of Respirators.
NIOSH 1980 Sep:385-394
The basic principles and problems underlying respirator standards are discussed. The differences between compliance standards, which are one dimensional, and fitness standards, which are multidimensional, are reviewed. Problems particular to the measurement of the efficiency of dust respirators are described. Factors which must be considered when conducting risk benefit analyses are discussed. Considerations with respect to long term effects and to the distinctions between voluntary and involuntary risks are described. The author concludes that standards for respirators must be built on easily accessible values which will address the primary decision of whether or not to wear the respirator.
Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Safety-engineering; Health-services; Ergonomics;
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches;
Papers from the NIOSH International Respirator Research Workshop, September 9-11, 1980, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
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