Healthcare Respiratory Protection Resources

Updated May 5, 2020

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NIOSH Documents

Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs, with an emphasis on preventing the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATDs) to healthcare personnel.

Healthcare personnel are paid and unpaid persons who provide patient care in a healthcare setting or support the delivery of healthcare by providing clerical, dietary, housekeeping, engineering, security, or maintenance services. Healthcare personnel may potentially be exposed to ATD pathogens. Aerosols are particles or droplets suspended in air. ATDs are diseases transmitted when infectious agents, which are suspended or present in particles or droplets, contact the mucous membranes or are inhaled.

Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Fieldexternal icon
Protecting workers from exposure to all types of respiratory hazards is an important issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. In order to address this often overlooked danger, The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) have collaborated to develop a new educational monograph designed to assist hospitals in implementing their respiratory protection programs (RPPs).


Year of the Nurse
The World Health Organization has designated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwifeexternal icon. Nurses play a critical role in our healthcare system and in the lives of the  patients they care for.

Journal Articles

Differences in hospital managers’, unit managers’, and health care workers’ perceptions of the safety climate for respiratory protection
Peterson-K; Rogers-BME; Brosseau-LM; Payne-J; Cooney-J; Joe-L Novak-D, Workplace Health Saf 2014 Apr.

Respiratory Protection: Compliance, Research are Key Issues for the Futureexternal icon

Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020