NIOSH-DOD-OSHA Sponsored Chemical and Biological Respiratory Protection Workshop Report [open pdf - 595KB]
The workshop described in this report provided a forum for over 140 representatives from 63 different emergency responder, fire fighter, domestic preparedness, equipment manufacturing, federal research, and state and federal regulatory organizations. Participants openly discussed issues, exchanged information, and learned about current respiratory protection issues associated with incidents involving chemical and biological agents. Workshop objectives were to: 1) identify and understand the hazards associated with chemical and/or biological incidents, 2) identify the different responders and their respiratory protection needs, 3) determine which respirators and selection criteria are currently being utilized for response to these types of incidents, and 4) determine public health and medical community concerns which must be considered in developing a standard for chemical and/or biological respiratory protective devices.
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