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Measuring respirator use in the workplace.
Committee on Review of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Bureau of Labor Statistics Respirator Use Survey
Kalsbeek WD, Plewes TJ, McGowan E, eds., Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007 May; :1-81
As part of a multifaceted look at the inherited and evolving portfolio of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), the laboratory asked the National Academies to undertake a special look at the informational underpinnings of the NPPTL program to promote effective use of respirator equipment in the workplace. The primary focus of the committee inquiry was to be on a landmark survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - the 2001 Survey of Respirator Use and Practices (SRUP). NIOSH had commissioned and collaborated with BLS to conduct a nationwide respirator survey in 2001. The purpose of this survey was to evaluate respirator use and practices in the workplace to help guide NIOSH respirator certification and research. The survey results were published in September 2003 in a report entitled "Respirator Usage in Private Sector Firms." The survey findings suggest that there may be certain aspects of respiratory protection that are not compliant or are only partially compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations.
Questionnaires; Respirators; Respiratory-protection; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Behavior-patterns
Kalsbeek-WD; Plewes-TJ; McGowan-E
Measuring respirator use in the workplace
National Academy of Sciences
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