Worldwide, health care workers (HCWs), the front-line defense force against COVID-19, have been infected with and died from this disease. There are many unanswered occupational health questions related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect HCWs especially with the limited supply of N95 respirators. While N95 respirators should not be decontaminated and reused, in the current emergency situation, for some hospitals, there is no other option. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a guidance document this week on decontaminating filtering facepiece respirators, as did the national, university-based organization N95DECON. The CDC guidance will be reviewed followed by a review of the science on and presentation of systems for the decontamination of N95s. The presentations will be followed by live, moderated Q&A.
David Rempel, MD, FACOEM, Professor Emeritus, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators Using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies.
Marie de Perio, MD, NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Evaluation, and Edward Fisher, MS, NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Heat and Humidity for N95 Decontamination
Margaret Gardel, PhD, N95DECON Technical Spokesperson and Professor of Physics, University of Chicago
Use of Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor for Decontaminating N95 Respirators
Matthew Stiegel, PhD, and Antony Schwartz, PhD, Occupational Safety and Environmental Safety, Duke University and Duke Health
Update on University of Nebraska Medical Center Decontamination System Using UV-C
Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH, Professor of Environmental Health, Indiana University School of Public Health