Respiratory Protection Resources for the Occupational Health Professionals
National Respiratory Protection Toolkit Released
On May 14, 2015, OSHA, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), released the national Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit Resources for Respiratory Protection Administrators. This free online tool is another resource that provides information on why hospitals need respiratory protection programs (RPP), types of respirators and how to develop RPPs that meet OSHA requirements. The OSHA/CDC/NIOSH document has several appendices and includes a template for a written RPP. The toolkit is available at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/respiratoryprotection/guidance.html.
Other respiratory protection resources are also available. These include:
· The Respiratory Protection Education & Resources Webkit, sponsored by AAOHN and developed by an inter-professional working group, that includes respiratory protection competencies for the occupational health nurse. The Webkit is available at
· The Joint Commission monograph Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field features examples, strategies, new resources and a variety of implementation approaches and can be accessed at http://www.jointcommission.org/implementing_hospital_respiratory_protection_programs_strategies_from_the_field/. The monograph is a companion document for the OSHA National Respiratory Protection Toolkit listed above.
· The AOHP Beyond Getting Started Series: Respiratory Protection in Healthcare Settings Web Reference Guide, developed during the OSHA Alliance, available at http://www.aohp.org/aohp/TOOLSFORYOURWORK/PublicationsforYourPractice/BeyondGettingStarted.aspx. (An update of this resource is planned for Summer 2015.)
The Institute of Medicine Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/ptprogram.html#national.