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Respirators, Masks & Other Occupational Health Issues



In This Section:

H1N1 Flu Questions & Answers
Information for Employees & Their Families
Guidance for Bureau and Office Emergency Planners
Information for Supervisors & Human Resource Offices
H1N1 Flu & Seasonal Flu Vaccines
H1N1 Flu Case Reporting
Guidance on Public Gatherings and Meetings
Information Technology Guidance Related to 2009 H1N1 Flu
Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal Information
Bureau of Indian Education Schools
Office of Insular Affairs and Insular Areas Information
Guidance for Wildland Fire Personnel
Law Enforcement
Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Personnel
Respirators, Masks & Other Occupational Health Issues
Additional Pandemic H1N1 Flu Websites & Points of Contact

The CDC provides guidance for the wearing of respiratory protection in a community setting in "Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use in Certain Community Settings Where H1N1 Influenza Virus Has Been Detected".

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides guidance for employers and workers on its Workplace Safety and H1N1 website.

OSHA provides guidance on respiratory protection in occupational settings for the H1N1 Flu in these documents: “What Employers can do to Protect Workers from Pandemic Influenza” and “Respiratory Infection Control: Respirators versus Surgical Mask”, and the OSHA Quick Card “Protect Yourself: Pandemic Flu Respiratory Protection.”

OSHA requires employers to ensure that the respiratory protection issued to their employees is used safely and effectively. The DOI Office of Occupational Health and Safety provides a Respiratory Protection Program Primer and a Template for Worksite-Specific Respiratory Protection Programs.

In addition, OSHA provides proposed guidance which reflects the current thinking on the stockpiling in the document "Proposed Guidance on Workplace Stockpiling of Respirators and Facemasks for Pandemic Influenza"