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Document ID (ISN)111496
CIS number 11-0273
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2010
Convention or series no. PR 46-221
Author(s) Balty I.
Title Respirators and protection against bioaerosols: What are the filtration media efficiencies?
Original title Appareils de protection respiratoire et bioaérosols: quelle est l'efficacité des médias filtrants? [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2010, No.221, p.41-49. Illus. 43 ref.
Internet access PR 46-221.pdf [in French]
Abstract Since the middle of the nineteen eighties, successive health hazards including tuberculosis, SARS, bioterrorism and influenza pandemics have lead scientists to study means of respiratory protection aimed at health care and other workers exposed to bioaerosols. This article reviews these research efforts and answers frequently-asked questions concerning the efficiency of respirators and the possible proliferation of microorganisms in these filters. It also reviews recent research on biocidal filters and inactivation processes for contaminated filters.
Descriptors (primary) microorganisms; aerosols; filtration efficiency; particulate removing respirators; health care personnel; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) biocides; equipment testing; research; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Personal protection