Practical Guide to Respirator Usage in Industry

Practical Guide to Respirator Usage in Industry

2nd Edition - May 28, 2002

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  • Authors: Gyan Rajhans, Bhawani Pathak
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080514314

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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 manufacturers
  • Saves 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
    Respirator Types, Uses and Limitations
    Air-Purifying Respirators
    Atmosphere-Supplying Respirators
    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
    Training; References
    Maintenance and Care
    Cleaning and Sanitizing
    Inspection, Testing, and Repair
    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
    Industrial Respiratory Protection Websites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 165
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2002
  • Published: May 28, 2002
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080514314

About the Authors

Gyan Rajhans

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Gyan S. Rajhans & Associates Inc. Senior Scientific Counsel, Resource Environmental Associates.

Bhawani Pathak

Affiliations and Expertise

Project Scientist, Canadian Center for Occupational Health and SafetyAffiliate Professor, School of Occupational Health, McGill University

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