13/01/2010

New videos provide respirator and facemask safety guidance

The US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed two
new videos for healthcare workers that feature training and guidance on
respirator safety.

OSHA's "Respirator Safety" video demonstrates how to correctly put on and take
off common types of respirators, such as N95s. "The Difference between
Respirators and Surgical Masks" video explains how they prevent exposure to
infectious diseases.

"Respirators play an important role in protecting many workers from exposure to
chemical and biological hazards in the workplace," said Assistant Secretary of
Labor for OSHA David Michaels. "At a time when pandemic influenza has
highlighted the risk to healthcare workers, these videos will prepare and
protect workers from the very illnesses they are responsible for treating."

The videos also explain how workers can perform a user seal check to test
whether a respirator is worn properly and will provide the expected level of
protection. Viewers may watch both English and Spanish versions by visiting
OSHA's Respiratory Protection page or the Department of Labor's YouTube site.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration