You can contact NZOHS via email: Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org (or click on the button below) for Covid-19 advice.
- NZOHS in association with HASANZ and WorkSafe – held a Webinar (28th May 2020) on Counterfeit Respirators.
The Presentation can be viewed HERE.
Presenter: Miriska Gerber (NZOHS) and Panel members: Lucre Pfefferman (NZOHS) and Al Threlfall (WorkSafe).
- Click HERE to download the NZOHS “Checklist to ensure your respirator will protect you” flyer as a PDF file.
- Click HERE to view the NZOHS interim discussion document – An Occupational Hygiene Perspective – COVID-19 Risks and Respiratory Protection.
- Introductory webinar – The When, Why and What of Fit Testing by Levi Mines, Occupational Hygienist at NZ Refinery (Marsden Point).
Chaired by Suzanne Broadbent COH, President NZOHS.
Further training is required to become a competent fit tester (see Commit-2-Fit Training series).
NOTE: This presentation is not for re-use, resale or distribution and must not be edited.
– Webinar may take a few seconds to load to the screen – please be patient.
COVID-19 has brought about an increasing focus on respiratory protection. As part of this fit testing has become a priority – in the health sector, emergency response, essential businesses and businesses potential returning to operation post Alert Level 4. NZOHS has developed a training programme for Respirator Fit Testers – this is currently a four stage programme – (a) Webinar – Respirator Protection and Fit Testing – why, options, how; (b) online learning resources and questionnaire; (c) interactive, practical online training session (numbers restricted/dates to be advised); (d) competency assessment (options, numbers restricted/dates to be advised).
The dates for the two final sessions are dependent on number of registrations, availability of gear (having access to fit test kit yourself is helpful, but not a requirement), and Governmental requirements under COVID-19 Alert level.
Registrations have closed (24th April 2020) – however, we will be opening another opportunity for fit tester training in the next 2-3 weeks. Please email if you are interested email@example.com. Those already registered will be contacted within the next 24 hours to confirm remaining training programme. The webinar held on 20th April 2020 will be available online on the NZOHS website.
Please see below links:
The following video provides some more clarity around the use and effectiveness of respirators in relation to the prevention of COVID-19: https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1833770O/filtering-of-bioaerosols-by-filtering-facepiece-respirators.mp4
Ministry of Health Link:
NZ Government Unite Against COVID-19 Link: https://covid19.govt.nz/
World Health Organization WHO Health Workers Link:
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information for Healthcare Professionals Link:
CDC Resources for Business and Employers Link:
WorkSafe – Managing supply issues for PPE
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