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Respiratory Protection Resources for the Occupational Health Professionals

May 2018

The Latest News about Respiratory Protection

The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) - For Respirator Users

Key Resources

N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator Infographics

NIOSH Respiratory Protection Resources for Ebola

An overview of Ebola, the recommended CDC guidelines, and the NIOSH-approved respiratory products meeting the criteria outlined by the CDC.

Respirator Trusted-Source Information

Provides methods to identify NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators and answers to frequently asked questions.

Approved Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs) with Donning Instructions

Tables listing NIOSH-approved FFRs in the seven classes.

Certified Equipment List (CEL)

A searchable list of commercially-available, respiratory personal protective devices approved by NIOSH to meet the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84.

Closed-Circuit Escape Respirators Rules and Standards

CCER’s approved under Subpart O (current)

How to Petition NIOSH to Initiate Rulemaking Activity Related to the Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices

And more on

Apr 2018

New Respiratory Protection Fact Sheets

We are pleased to release three NEW fact sheets that answer some of your most frequently asked questions about respiratory protection.


The fact sheets are available to download on our website and the topics include:


·       Fit Testing

·       User Seal Check

·       Respirator Reuse and Extended Use

June 2015
National Respiratory Protection Toolkit Released

On May 14, 2015, OSHA, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), released the national Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit Resources for Respiratory Protection Administrators. This free online tool is another resource that provides information on why hospitals need respiratory protection programs (RPP), types of respirators and how to develop RPPs that meet OSHA requirements. The OSHA/CDC/NIOSH document has several appendices and includes a template for a written RPP. The toolkit is available at

Other respiratory protection resources are also available. These include:

·       The Respiratory Protection Education & Resources Webkit, sponsored by AAOHN and developed by an inter-professional working group, that includes respiratory protection competencies for the occupational health nurse. The Webkit is available at

·       The Joint Commission monograph Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field features examples, strategies, new resources and a variety of implementation approaches and can be accessed at The monograph is a companion document for the OSHA National Respiratory Protection Toolkit listed above.

·       The AOHP Beyond Getting Started Series: Respiratory Protection in Healthcare Settings Web Reference Guide, developed during the OSHA Alliance, available at (An update of this resource is planned for Summer 2015.)

Institute of Medicine Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report can be accessed at

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