Selecting the "Right" Respirator

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NIOSH-approved

Types of respirator
Respirator limitations
Choosing a respirator for Tuberculosis exposure

NIOSH-approved

Types of respirator

Respirator limitations

  • All respirators have limitations:
    • improper fit
    • improper donning
    • damage
    • contamination

Choosing a respirator for Tuberculosis exposure

  • The 1994 CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Facilities specify the following criteria for respirators for exposure to TB:
    • Ability to filter 1 micron in size in the unloaded state with a filter efficiency greater than 95%.
    • Ability to be qualitatively or quantitatively fit tested in a reliable way to obtain face-seal leakage of less than 10%.
    • The minimal acceptable level of respirator protection for TB is the Type 95 respirator.

  • Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Facilities, 1994
    CDC; The purpose of this revision is to emphasize the importance of the hierarchy of control measures, including administrative and environmental controls and personal respiratory protection; the use of risk assessments for developing a written TB control plan; early identification and management of persons who have TB; TB screening programs for health-care workers; training and education; and the evaluation of TB infection-control programs. Attention: Non-MDH link

see also>> Respirator Selection: Public Health Respiratory Protection Program Template

 


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