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Employers are required to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program with procedures specific to the workplace, and to provide qualified training in those procedures.

The complete OSHA 1910.134 standard can be found at (search standard 1910.134).

Additional Resources on Respiratory Protection Programs in Hospitals: Respirator Use in Health Care Workplaces a Toolkit for Respirator Program Administrators

To provide healthcare facilities with additional resources, NIOSH partnered with the California Department of Public Health to evaluate respirator use in hospitals during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 201011 influenza season. This evaluation reflected that some hospitals may benefit from further guidance in order to improve the effectiveness of their programs. In response, the California Department of Public Health, and several of its collaborative partners, created a Respirator Program Toolkit with funding from the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL). This toolkit is designed to assist California hospital respirator program administrators, particularly those without formal education in workplace health and safety.

For more information about the toolkit guide for respirator program administrators and related tools and resources, please see the California Department of Public Health toolkit website: