Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1986 Jan; :1-108
A guide to the selection of personal protective gear for workers involved in the clean up of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites was presented. The guide focused on the use of respirators and chemical protective clothing including ancillary equipment and was designed so that specific decision making sequences for specific clean up operations could be followed. Decision making for the use of respirators included questions regarding fire fighting and rescue operations, substance identification, threshold limit values and concentration effects, flammability and explosive limits, oxygen deficient atmospheres, protection factor values inside and outside the respirator, aerosol contaminants, radioactive gases and vapors, sorbent breakthrough and efficiency, relative humidity and temperature during use, heat of reaction, shock ignition sensitivity, organic vapors and gases, and service life for chin style and front exposure gas masks. Descriptions, attributes, and standards were provided for a total of 15 different respirators recommended for use under different situations. Decision making for the use of chemical protective clothing included consideration of special problems such as fire, flotation, radiation, and explosive effects, radiant heat protection, substance identification and permeation characteristics, and skin effects. Descriptions, attributes, and standards were provided for a total of 16 chemical protective suits.