Respiratory protection includes devices and management techniques for keeping people safe from hazardous materials. This handbook presents the state-of-the-art in respiratory protection technology as well as best management practices for work centers. Included are topics relevant to industry, government, and healthcare that provide guidance and tools for ensuring the best possible protection for workers. Most books on this topic are at least 20 years old. Research, technology and management techniques have advanced over the past two decades. This new handbook is needed to provide updated information relevant to today's occupational needs for industrial hygiene and safety professionals.
Table of Contents
An Overview of Respiratory Protection. Types of Respirators. Respirator Classification. The Respiratory System. Speech Intelligibility During Respirator Wear. Respiratory Protection Medical Clearance. The Ergonomics of Respiratory Protection. Factors Influencing the Implementation of RPE Programs in the Workplace. Respiratory Protection Program Management in an Academic Setting. Social Marketing Campaign Promoting the Use of Respiratory Protection Devices Among Farmers. Respirator Fit Testing. Performance of Elastomeric Respirators Against Ultrafine Combustion Particles. Impact of Faceseal Leakage on Respirator Efficiency: Recent Developments. Respiratory Protection from Isocyanate Exposures. Breakthrough Curves for toluene Adsorption of Different Types of Activated Carbon Fibers: Application in Respiratory Protection. Facemasks for the Prevention of Infection in Healthcare and Community Settings. Efficacy of Face Shields against Cough Aerosol Droplets from a Cough Simulator. Respiratory Protection for Medical First Responders and Receivers. Respiratory Protection for Emergency Responders. Evaluation of CBRN Canisters for Use Post Fire Overhaul Environments: In Mask Analyte Sampling with Integrated Dynamic Breathing Machine. Respiratory Protection against Nanoparticle Exposure in Workplaces. An ab initio Approach for Modeling Respirator Penetration Distribution. Improving Respirator Filter Formulations through Combinatorial Science. US Air Force Research in Respiratory Protection.
LeeAnn Racz is a Bioenvironmental Engineer in the US Air Force having served at bases across the globe. Previous assignments have also included Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Graduate Environmental Engineering and Science Program in the Systems & Engineering Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. She currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and Board Certified Environmental Engineer. She holds BS in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo), MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah. Her areas of interest include characterizing the fate of chemical warfare agents and pollutants of emerging concern in the natural and engineered environments as well as environmental health issues and using biological reactors to treat industrial waste. She has authored dozens of refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, magazine articles, presentations, and two handbooks. She is a member of several professional associations and honor societies and has received numerous prestigious teaching and research awards.
Robert M. Eninger is currently the Director, Graduate Industrial Hygiene Program at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Among ten assignments as an active duty US Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineer, he previously has served as a commander of an aerospace medicine squadron, as the team chief of the Air Force Radiation Assessment Team during its response to the Fukushima nuclear accident, and as the director for all Bioenvironmental Engineering officer and enlisted training. He holds a PhD in Environmental Health form the University of Cincinnati, an MS in Industrial Hygiene from Purdue University, an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the US Air Force Academy. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Dirk P. Yamamoto is the senior industrial hygienist for Force Health Protection Research at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in Dayton, OH, providing both consultative and research support to support warfighters. He retired from the US Air Force in 2015 as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served 23 years as both an electronics engineer and bioenvironmental engineer. While on active duty, assignments included serving as an assistant professor of industrial hygiene and director of the Graduate Industrial Hygiene Program at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, OH, along with other positions in Texas, Utah, California, and North Dakota. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, MS in engineering systems management from St. Mary’s University (TX), MS public health (industrial hygiene emphasis) from the University of Utah, and a PhD in systems engineering (industrial hygiene emphasis) from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional, and is licensed as a professional engineer. He also volunteers for the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.).