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Document ID (ISN)108716
CIS number 08-1147
Year 2008
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2008-140
Title Respiratory protection recommendations for airborne exposures to crystalline silica: NIOSH Policy Statement
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, July 2008. 3p. 7 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This leaflet summarizes the main points of NIOSH policy for respiratory protection against exposures to airborne crystalline silica. NIOSH recommends the use of half-facepiece particulate respirators with N95 or better filters for exposures to airborne crystalline silica at concentrations less than or equal to 0.5mg/m3. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also specifies the use of at least a 95-rated filter efficiency. The recommendation for a 95-rated filter efficiency reflects the improved filter efficiency of N95 filters over the earlier dust and mist filters.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; particulate removing respirators; silica; USA
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; filtration efficiency; comment on standard; free silica; directive; public OSH institutions
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Respiratory protection