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Friday, September 11 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Maximizing The Effectiveness Of Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: State And National Efforts

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Topic Overview: Respiratory protection, when used correctly, is one way to help protect healthcare workers from disease caused by inhaling infectious aerosols. In recent years, in response to diseases such as tuberculosis and pandemic H1N1 influenza, hospitals have invested substantial resources in implementing comprehensive respiratory protection programs (RPPs.) This presenter has participated in several projects from 2009-2015 focused on assessing hospital RPPs, identifying common problems and best practices, and then producing and compiling educational resources designed to assist anyone who is responsible for administering a hospital RPP. This work, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NIOSH NPPTL,) has been conducted in collaboration with numerous healthcare stakeholders. The effort has culminated in the 2015 release of the co-branded NIOSH-OSHA web-based document Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit: Resources for Program Administrators.


  1. Review respirator use in healthcare.
  2. Explain the findings of field projects assessing hospital respirator programs.
  3. Describe new NIOSH-OSHA resources for hospital respirator program administrators.

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Barbara Materna, PhD, CIH

Dr. Barbara Materna is the Chief of the Occupational Health Branch in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH.) The Occupational Health Branch is a non-regulatory public health program aimed at promoting healthy workplaces for all Californians. Dr. Materna is a Certified... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm PDT
Pacific Concourse N&O

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