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Respirator use and practices in furniture and fixture manufacturing.

Doney-B; Greskevitch-M; Groce-D; Syamlal-G; Bang-KM
FDM Online 2007 Sep; :1-8
In 2001, the Survey of Respirator Use and Practices gathered information on respirator use from 40,002 randomly selected U.S. establishments. The survey collected data on the types of respiratory protection used by workers at an establishment, types of respirator fit tests performed, and presence of substances that prompted the decision to use respiratory protection. The findings of the survey raised questions regarding respirator usage practices and how these practices compare with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and NIOSH recommendations. Respiratory Protection Program Quality Indicators Each of the indicators listed below (developed on the basis of OSHA requirements and NIOSH recommendations) is an important part of an effective respirator program. If the answer to any of these questions is no, it may indicate that an operation's overall quality of respiratory protection is inadequate and improvements may be needed. Does the program include a trained respirator program administrator? Has management adopted a written respirator program that determines how respirators are used? Does the program include written procedures for maintaining respirators? Are wearers of tight-fitting respirators fit tested? Are employees assessed for medical fitness to wear respirators? Does the program provide training regarding the need, use, limitations, and capabilities of respirators? Do written procedures include a periodical evaluation of the effectiveness of respirators used at the establishment? Are airline respirator couplings incompatible with other gas systems at the establishment? Does the program require use of the manufacturer user's instructions or NIOSH certification labels to adjust the airflow for airline respirators? Is there a written change-out schedule for air-purifying gas/vapor filters? Are dust masks used (filtering-facepiece respirators) to protect only against dusts, but not gases or vapors? This report focuses on information from the respirator use and practices survey collected from the Furniture and Fixtures manufacturing industry. This industry includes establishments engaged in manufacturing furniture for homes, offices, public building, ships, hospitals, and cafeterias; and partitions, shelving, and lockers (Standard Industrial Classification 25).
Personal-protective-equipment; Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Work-practices; Respiratory-system-disorders; Furniture-manufacture; Furniture-industry; Furniture-workers; Wood-dusts; Wood-products; Questionnaires; Surveillance; Author Keywords: furniture manufacture; respirators; respiratory system disorders; wood dusts; questionnaires
Brent Doney, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Mail Stop HG-900.2, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
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