Respirator use and practices in industrial and commercial machinery and computer equipment manufacturing establishments: results of a national survey of private sector employers.
Doney-B; Greskevitch-M; Groce-D; Syamlal-G; Bang-KM
Ind Mach Dig 2009 Jan; (1):19
Introduction: In 2001, the Survey of Respirator Use and Practices gathered information on respirator use from 40,002 randomly selected U.S. establishments.1 The survey collected data on the types of respiratory protection used by workers at an establishment, assessment of medical fitness to wear respirators, types of respirator fit tests performed, and presence of substances that prompted the decision to use respiratory protection. Findings and Discussion: In 2001, approximately 12.9% or an estimated 7,494 establishments in the Industrial Machinery and Equipment industry used respirators for required purposes as compared with 4.5% of establishments in All Private Industry. Workers in Industrial Machinery and Equipment used respirators in similar proportions as workers in All Private Industry (2.7% vs. 3.1%).1 Compared with All Private Industry, a smaller proportion of respirator-using establishments in Industrial Machinery and Equipment used disposable dust masks (59.3% vs. 71.3%), and a larger proportion used air-supplied respirators (3.7% vs. 0.7%).
Questionnaires; Statistical-analysis; Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Surveillance
B. Doney, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road, Mail Stop HG-900.2, Morgantown, WV 26505
Journal Article; Trade
Industrial Machinery Digest