Respiratory Protection Issues in Agriculture - What to Wear & Does It Fit?
The business of agriculture presents a myriad of hazards, including exposures to dusts, molds, pesticides and other chemicals, gases, as well as welding fumes and particles. Deciding what protection to use to prevent acute and chronic respiratory diseases is confusing. In addition, just finding the right protective gear can be a challenge. This webinar will address those issues and provide information on the importance of fit testing and fit (seal)checks.
Intended Audience: agricultural production workers, including female workers, and agricultural business managers
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to: 1. Identify appropriate respiratory protection equipment for work in agriculture
2. Understand the difference between a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure.
3. Determine who should be fit tested for respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)
4. Know who can perform a fit test and what tools are necessary for a fit test procedure
5. Locate current reliable resources that provide information on respiratory PPE
Thank you to our generous program sponsors:
Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Charlotte Halverson is an occupational health nurse for the AgriSafe Network and serves as the network’s Clinical Director. In that capacity, she researches, develops resources, and presents webinar and in person educational sessions on a variety of health and safety topics specific to the agricultural workforce. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.
She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
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