As the COVID-19 crisis in California continues, many health care facilities and individual providers are considering using elastomeric respirators as a more reliable and sustainable means of respiratory protection.

Presenters at this webinar provide information on how elastomeric respirators function to protect against COVID-19, and how some facilities have addressed issues such as selection, access, cleaning and disinfection, and storage.  Presenters also discuss successful strategies to work out the logistics at individual facilities, including the active involvement of employees and their unions. 


Eric Berg, Deputy Chief, has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a masters of public health degree in environmental health engineering. He began working for Cal/OSHA in 1997 as an industrial hygienist and became the Deputy Chief of Health for Cal/OSHA in 2015. Prior to Cal/OSHA, he worked for the California Department of Public Health and United Farm Workers.

Dr. Lisa Brosseau is recently retired from academia with research and policy expertise in respiratory protection focused on performance and use for infectious disease exposures and in healthcare settings.  She consults with a range of organizations on respiratory protection and infectious aerosol exposures.

Stella E. Hines, MD, MSPH, is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is an Occupational Medicine physician and Pulmonologist. Dr. Hines studies reusable respirator use in healthcare to address N95 shortages and has published and presented on this topic at national and international meetings.

Mark Catlin has almost 40 years experience in industrial hygiene and currently consults for healthcare and other organizations.  Since 1992, he has been involved in protecting workers from exposures to infectious disease, including the use of reusable elastomeric respirators in the healthcare sector.

Downloadable Slide Presentations (in PDF format):

Introduction by Eric Berg

Elastomeric Respirators for Healthcare Workers, by Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH

Hospital Elastomeric Respirator Use Pre-and During COVID-19, by Stella E. Hines, MD, MSPH

Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care Settings: Additional Healthcare Facility Experience and the 2019 NAS Report, by Mark Catlin

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