Respirator selection guidance for poultry growers outlined.
PGN 1996 Sep; :12, 14-15
Information was provided to assist poultry growers in the selection of respirators for work in chicken houses. The incidence of acute and chronic health problems reported by chicken catchers was discussed. Methods which can be used to prevent exposure to poultry dust were considered. To prevent or reduce poultry dust exposures it is suggested that effective engineering controls be used. Wearing a respirator is the least desirable way for reducing a worker's exposure to airborne contaminants and is recommended only when engineering controls are not feasible or while they are being installed or repaired. For any respirator to provide maximum benefit it must be used in accordance with a complete respiratory protection program. The type of respirator needed can vary, depending on several factors such as conditions in the chicken houses. Information was provided on disposable and elastomeric half face piece respirators assigned protection factor 5 to 10; and powered air purifying respirator with hood, helmet, or loose fitting face piece with assigned protection factor of 25. A list was provided of respirator selection guidance sources.
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