AAOHN Offers Respiratory Protection Training, Resources for OHS Professionals

Published September 20, 2017

A new page hosted by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) provides free respiratory protection program training and resources for occupational health nurses and other health and safety professionals. The page was launched in collaboration with NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), which helped fund the project. AAOHN’s resources include a respiratory protection course, “OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard: The Role of the Occupational Health Nurse,” and accompanying materials intended for those interested in learning about the agency’s standard and the role of the respiratory protection program administrator. Course modules are self-paced and cover topics such as NIOSH certified respirators, respiratory hazard assessment, respirator selection, and fit-testing.

Other resources include new case studies in respiratory protection such as respiratory protection in emergency and immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) working conditions and elastomeric respirator use in auto body repair and painting. AAOHN also offers trainings in respiratory protection for frontline healthcare workers and for ancillary healthcare workers. Both trainings meet the annual training requirements of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard and are free for healthcare organizations to use.

Individuals can access AAOHN’s free training and resources via the AAOHN Academy by creating a guest user account. More information on these materials is available on AAOHN’s website.