Safety

IC experts urge H1N1 respiratory protection change

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 17, 2009

Three leading IC organizations issued a letter to President Obama urging a change in respiratory protection regulations, including an immediate moratorium on OSHA enforcement on current requirements.

The experts contend that the current CDC guidelines do not reflect the best scientific evidence due to a flawed Australian study on respirators and H1N1 protection included in an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that was reviewed by the CDC before making its current recommendation.

The IOM and the CDC, however, say that the Australian study was not a key factor in making their recommendations.

For more on this controversy, read “Whoa there a minute; IOM stands by its N95 recommendation.”

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