Evolution of respiratory protection to particulate exposure-2

Evolution of respiratory protection to particulate exposure-2


The earliest modern respirators were developed in the early 20th century.

Its development is protected by miners from harmful dust and gases, chemical warfare soldiers and smoke and carbon monoxide firefighters.

In 1919, the US Bureau of Mines released the first respirator performance standard for self-contained breathing apparatus for mines and gas masks for soldiers to use chemical warfare agents. Today, respirators can be found at a variety of workplaces. Their use in healthcare can be traced back to the 1990s to address employee exposure to drug-resistant TB. At the beginning of the 21st century, the illness and death of health workers during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) led to a renewed interest in the use of respirators to treat certain infectious respiratory diseases. Recently, the 2006-2007 plan for pandemic influenza has sparked a lot of discussion about the role of small particle inhalation in disease transmission and the use of respirators to protect health care workers from airborne flu particles. Provides a list of all NIOSH approved disposable or filter mask respirators. NIOSH also has a database of all NIOSH approved respirators, regardless of the type of respirator - a list of certified devices.