CHA News Article

Cal/OSHA Releases Hospital Respirator Protection Program Toolkit

The Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has produced a useful guide and toolkit designed for hospital staff who administer a respiratory protection program for health care workers exposed to aerosol transmissible diseases. The toolkit includes relevant standards and a CD of electronic resources, as well as other tools. CDPH is providing one free copy of the guide and toolkit to every hospital in the state in an effort to help facilities ensure the effectiveness of their respiratory protection programs and protect health care workers. If your hospital has not received a toolkit, the respiratory program administrator (RPA) at your facility may request one by completing a form at Under the Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, each hospital should designate one person as an RPA.

In addition, CDPH recently hired an industrial hygienist, Michael Cooper, who will be working during the next year on additional educational and technical assistance activities related to respirator use in health care. Suggestions or questions may be directed to him at