This new edition outlines the design and implementation of an effective respiratory protective equipment program for industries in which workers are at risk from inhaled particulates, toxins and other hazardous materials. The book is intended for managers, health and safety committees, safety specialists and occupational health professionals who need the most up-to-date and practical advice in a concise and easy to read step-by-step form rather than an abstract and theoretical reference on the subject. As in the first edition, the authors present individual components of a respiratory protection program by including chapters on the respiratory tract and how toxic substances affect the lung, different respirator types and their limitations, the criteria for selection, fitting, supervision, training, cleaning, administration and medical assessment, advice on how to set up an RPE (respiratory protection equipment) program, and case studies to illustrate the need of an effective RPE program in the workplace. An impressive number of new research and application related publications have been reviewed since the publication of the first edition. The references (including relevant web sites) and abstracts of these publications have been included to help the reader select appropriate resources for further reading.

Key Features

Experts guide you through the complex data presented to industries by OSHA, NIOSH, ANSI, BSI and other health and safety standards setting organizations and equipment manufacturersSaves time and effort in searching official OEM literatureSeveral case studies to illustrate the improper respirator selections and resulting detrimental effects


Managers and Safety Specialists; Occupational health professionals; Graduate students in Occupational Hygiene and Safety

Table of Contents

Respiratory Hazards and Evaluation; Entry Routes for Toxic Substances; Structure of the Respiratory Tract; Respiration Rate; Action of Toxicants in the Respiratory System; Sources of Respiratory Hazards; Respiratory Hazard Identification and Evaluation; The Evaluation Process; Sampling Equipment; Sampling Procedure and Sampling Strategy; Standards and Guidelines; References; Respirator Types, Uses and Limitations; Air-Purifying Respirators; Atmosphere-Supplying Respirators; References; Criteria for Selection and Fitting; Factors That Can Influence Respirator Selection; History of Approval of Respirators in the United States; A Summary of British Standards Institution Requirements; Criteria for Selection; Fitting; References; Administration and Training; Administration; Training; References; Maintenance and Care; Cleaning and Sanitizing; Inspection, Testing, and Repair; Storage; Record Keeping; References; Medical Supervision; The Examining Physician; Pre-employment or Job Change Examination; Periodic Examination; Examination on Return to Work After an Injury or Prolonged Illness; Medical Records; Actions to be Taken on Medical Information; References; Respiratory Protection Program; The Respiratory Protection Program; Case Studies and Industrial Researches; Case Studies (our experience); Other Published Research and Case Studies; References; Industrial Respiratory Protection Websites; Index


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"the book was clear, concise and readily understood... and the authors are to be congratulated." Health and Safety at Work - Sept 2003