Measuring Respirator Use in the Workplace

Measuring Respirator Use in the Workplace

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Respirators are used in a variety of workplaces including emergency response, mining operations, construction, manufacturing, and hospitals. In 2001, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioned a nationwide survey of respirator use in the workplace, the results of which were published in the 2003 report Respirator Usage in Private Sector Firms. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate respirator use and practices, including training practices and the value of respirator manufacturer's instruction, in order to help guide NIOSH respirator certification and research. This National Research Council (NRC) report evaluates the survey in terms of several measures such as the adequacy and appropriateness of the survey instrument, the survey methodology, data analysis, and the conclusions drawn from the data. The NRC report finds that the survey was an important first step in collecting respiratory protection data from a probability sample but that several improvements could be made in survey design and analysis. Based on the review of the survey, the NRC report concludes that data on respirator use would be best provided by employers and employees in the context of the work setting.Panel on Review of the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health/ Bureau of Labor Statistics Respirator Use Survey, ... COMMITTEE. William D. Kalsbeek (chair) is professor of biostatistics and director of the Survey Research Unit at the ... of the Committee on Sampling Methodologies and the Panel on the National Health Care Survey, as well as co-chair of the ... He has also served on the ASA Committee on Energy Statistics, advisory to the Energy Information Administration, anbsp;...

Title:Measuring Respirator Use in the Workplace
Author:Panel on Review of the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health/Bureau of Labor Statistics Respirator Use Survey, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Committee on National Statistics, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2007-05-21


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