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NIOSH updates info on PPE

With bioterrorism threats putting heightened emphasis on emergency preparedness plans, NIOSH has updated pages on its Web site giving information about two tools of front line defense: protective clothing and respirators.

Chemical protective clothing details (www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/chemprcloth.html) include:

  • Recommendations for chemical protective clothing;
  • How to evaluate the performance of chemical protective clothing;
  • Interim recommendations for selecting and using protective clothing and respirators against biological agents;
  • Evaluation of the Permea-Tec pads as new technology for the detection of chemical breakthrough;
  • A guidance manual for hazardous waste site activities;
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards;
  • Link to the skin exposures and effects topic page;
  • Link to the occupational latex allergies topic page;
  • OSHA Technical Manual, Section VIII: Chapter 1 - Chemical Protective Clothing.

Respiratory protection information (www.cdc.gov/niosh/respinfo.html) includes:

  • Fact sheet for workers in secondary response and other supporting roles;
  • Suggested respirator cleaning and sanitation procedures;
  • TB respirator protection program in healthcare facilities - administrator's guide;
  • Emergency response resources;
  • NIOSH respirator user notices;
  • Certified equipment list;
  • NIOSH respirator decision logic;
  • Medical aspects of wearing respirators;
  • NIOSH Guide to the Selection and Use of Particulate Respirators Certified under 42 CFR 84;
  • Current list of particulate respirators approved under 42 CFR part 84;
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards;
  • Certification program support for respirator manufacturers;
  • Technical summary: Respiratory protective devices, 42 CFR Part 84;
  • Link to OSHA's respiratory protection Web site;
  • Link to OSHA's respiratory protection standards - training and reference materials.

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