NIOSH Conducts National Respirator Study
The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health is conducting a survey and study of current respirator use and practices in the workplace.
This is the first time NIOSH is researching the topic since 2001 when it conducted a similar study of workplace practices.
Officials with the agency said awareness and use of respirators since the pandemic has expanded.
They hope to use the results to update the Respirator Approval Program, which is how the agency certifies an individual or combination of respirators meets the minimum federal regulations.
The research will be used to estimate the number of U.S. companies and employees using respirators and how they are used.
Employers should look out for communication from NIOSH about the study. The agency began extending invitations to participate Nov. 2.
“We encourage all businesses to complete the survey about their respirator use and practices,” said director of NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro.
“This information is critical to informing future research and development within NIOSH’s Respirator Approval Program.”
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