OSHA releases respirator, facemask guidance videos

January 14, 2010

OSHA has released two new videos to help provide health care workers with training and guidance on respirator safety.

One video reviews the differences (video) between respirators and facemasks. The former is designed to reduce exposure to airborne contaminants of various sizes and must be fit tested; the latter is a loose-fitting disposable mask that helps stop large droplets from being spread by workers wearing them.

The second video covers respirator safety (video), including how to put on and take off a respirator, and how to perform a user seal check.

Both videos are available in English and Spanish.