Personal Protective Equipment

The Astounding Physics of N95 Masks (video)

Description:

This video provide a clear concise explanation of how N-95 masks work and why they are important to use to prevent the spread of disease.

Source: minutephysics

Date: 06/28/20

Filtering Facepiece Respirators FAQ: Workplace

Description:

This general document provides information on filtering facepiece respirators in the workplace. The information is "not specific to any particular airborne contaminant, including viruses and bacteria."

 

Source: 3M

Date: 06/26/20

WHO - Guidance - How to wear a fabric mask (June 3, 2020)

Description:

A video explaining how cloth face coverings (masks) should be worn to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Date: 06/26/20

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Cloth Face Coverings

Description:

Responses to frequently asked questions about the use of cloth face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Date: 06/24/20

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Description:

Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers.
When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, they will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date: 06/22/20

Interim Guidance for Conserving and Extending Filtering Facepiece Respirator Supply in Non-Healthcare Sectors

Description:

This guidance is intended for use during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency by federal, state, and local public health officials, respiratory protection program managers, leaders in occupational health services and industrial hygiene programs, and other leaders who are responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for preventing occupational exposures in non-healthcare worksites.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date: 07/02/20

Face-Mask Skin Problems: DIY Treatment

Description:

If you find that wearing a face mask is causing a skin problem like a rash, acne, or other irritation, you may be able to treat it yourself. To help, the AAD gathered expert advice from dermatologists, wound care nurses, and doctors on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Date: 06/19/20

9 Ways to Prevent Face-Mask Skin Problems

Description:

Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, board-certified dermatologists recommend these nine tips.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Date: 06/19/20

OSHA - Putting on and Taking off a Mask Correctly (video)

Description:

This video shows employers and workers how to properly wear and remove a respirator. Also available in Spanish.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Date: 06/07/20

CIDRAP - Special Episode: Masks and Science (June 3, 2020)

Description:

In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the current science on COVID-19 and cloth masks.

Source: University of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

Date: 06/07/20

Guide on respiratory protection against bioaerosols: Recommendations on its selection and use

Description:

The recommendations stated in this document apply to all people in charge of workers’ respiratory protection against bioaerosols, whether infectious or not. All the recommendations specifically relate to respiratory protection against bioaerosols. For other types of exposure (direct or indirect contact with the body), other means of protection must be considered : wearing sealed  goggles or visor, gloves and coveralls, hand washing, vaccination, etc. 

Source: Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Date: 05/22/20

AFL-CIO: Respirators, Masks and Face Shields

Description:

This document provides descriptive information for different types of respirators, masks and face shields, including uses, certification requirements, and OSHA requirements.

Source: AFL-CIO

Date: 05/10/20

CDC - Factors to Consider When Planning to Purchase Respirators from Another Country

Description:

Key factors to assist potential purchasers of international respirators in making informed procurement and distribution decisions to keep their workers safe.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date: 05/08/20

NIOSH - How to Properly Put on and Take off a Disposable Respirator

Description:

This document uses photos and English and Spanish text to describe how to properly put on and take off a disposable respirator. 

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/04/20

NIOSH - Filtering out Confusion: Frequently Asked Questions about Respiratory Protection - User Seal Check

Description:

This document responds to questions about the need to do a user seal check once a fit test has been conducted.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/03/20

NIOSH - Filtering out Confusion: Frequently Asked Questions about Respiratory Protection - Fit Testing

Description:

This document responds to common questions about respirator fit testing, why it is done, frequency, need for a tight fit, and where to find more information.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/03/20

NIOSH - Three Key Factors Required for a Respirator to be Effective

Description:

This infographic provides three key steps for effective use of a respirator.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/03/20

NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators (4/22/2020)

Description:

This online resource provides a table of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, listed alphabetically by manufacturer.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/03/20

NIOSH - Important Steps for Using NIOSH-Approved N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Description:

This infographic provides five key steps users of N95 filtering facepiece respirators should follow.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/06/20

NIOSH PPE Tracker App

Description:

The NIOSH PPE (personal protective equipment) mobile app can help healthcare and non-healthcare systems track their PPE inventory, including calculating their average PPE consumption rate or "burn rate". The app estimates how many days a PPE supply will last given current inventor levels and PPE burn rate.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/04/20

NIOSH Science Blog: Understanding the Use of Imported Non-NIOSH-Approved Respirators (4/23/2020)

Description:

This science blog discusses the response to the shortage of NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators, the FDA emergency use authorization, and information about imported respirators.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/03/20

NIOSH - International Assessment Results -- Not NIOSH -- approved

Description:

The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) "has completed International Assessments for the products listed" on this online resource. "These assessments were developed as an assessment of the filter efficiency for those respirators represented as certified by an international certification authority, other than NIOSH, to support the availability of respiratory protection to US health care workers and other workers due to the respirator shortage associated with COVID-19." 

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/05/20

NIOSH - Understanding the Difference (Surgical Mask / N95 Respirator)

Description:

An infographic that describes the difference between a surgical mask and N95 respirators, including intended use and purpose and limitations.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 05/04/20

CDC - Strategies for Respirator Shortages in Non-Healthcare Sectors

Description:

This guidance is intended for non-healthcare worksites and offers strategies to conserve, extend, and respond to shortages in the supply of NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators in manufacturing and construction worksites.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date: 05/05/20

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