I suspect that very similar challenges apply to laboratory workers when it comes to respiratory protection (and other PPE, for that matter)...
Evidence from surveillance studies indicates gaps in hospitals‰?? respiratory protection programmatic operations and healthcare workers‰?? (HCWs) marginal compliance with respiratory protection recommended practices. Improper use of respiratory protective devices (RPDs) may expose HCWs to infectious respiratory illnesses. In this document, NIOSH addresses common myths related to respiratory protection and provides information to reinforce respiratory protection program administrator responsibilities and HCW knowledge concerning the proper use of these devices so that they can be prepared for the next public health emergency and best protect themselves in daily practice.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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