Safety management respiratory protection: is your program effective?
Doney-B; Greskevitch-M; Groce-D; Syamlal-G; Bang-KM; Mazurek-JM
Prof Saf 2009 May; 54(5):32-35
This article examines key factors that can be used to assess the quality of a company's respiratory protection program. Based on results of a survey of respirator-using firms, the authors provide suggestions for improving these programs. Respirators protect workers against various airborne contaminants that may cause adverse health effects. In circumstances where ventilation or substitution of a less-toxic chemical is not possible, respiratory protection may be the only protection available to workers. However, to effectively protect respirator users, an adequate written respiratory protection program must be established. Respirator-related issues continue to be among those most frequently cited by OSHA inspectors. From September 2006 to October 2007, of all standards cited within general industry, federal OSHA citations for respirator-related issues were the third highest in number (OSHA, 2008). In 2001, NIOSH and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveyed 40,002 randomly selected U.S. private industry establishments (BLS, 2003). U.S. private industry establishments employed 110 million workers in 2001 (BLS, 2001).
Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Respirators; Air-contamination; Air-purifying-respirators; Questionnaires; Work-practices; Regulations; Standards; Dusts; Vapors; Solvents; Fumes; Lead-compounds; Gases; Acid-gases; Toluenes; Paints; Silica-dusts; Welding; Asbestos-dust; Asbestos-fibers; Surveillance
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