Respirators, Masks & Other Occupational Health Issues
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"