Respiratory Protection in the Workplace

Wednesday September 5th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PST)

Presented By: Beverly Nuchols, RN, PhD, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN and Matthew DeAngelis, RN, MSN, NP

This webinar provides an overview of the components of the CalOSHA guidelines for a respiratory protection program. A variety of respirators commonly used in a workplace and their level of protection will be discussed. The process of medical clearance and fit testing will be addressed, and potential difficulties and solutions reviewed. A brief discussion of general public health concerns for respiratory protection will be included.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the general components of the CalOSHA guidelines for respiratory protection

  • Identify which respirators are commonly used in the workplace and what they are used for

  • Review the process of medical clearance prior to fit testing and respirator use

  • Discuss the purpose of fit testing and common issues that may make fit testing difficult

  • Recognize general public health concerns in regards to respirator use


Beverly Nuchols, RN, PhD, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Beverly is an occupational health nurse practitioner and has over 30 years practicing in the occupational health field with experience working in a variety of settings, including pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech devices industries, as well as academic and healthcare organizations. Beverly has overseen international health surveillance programs, corporate health promotion programs, and is currently involved with an interdisciplinary team including safety and infection control professionals in developing and implementing health and safety programs, including respiratory protection, for a Bay Area Medical Center.

Matthew DeAngelis, RN, MSN, NP

Matt joined the Stanford University Occupational Health Center as a Nurse Practitioner in November 2011 after graduating from the Occupational and Environmental Health adult nurse practitioner program at UCSF. This came after 5 years working as charge and trauma nurse in the Stanford emergency department, and several prior years as a nurse with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Prior to a nursing career Matt worked in a research lab at the University of Chicago studying animal behavioral genetics. He also spent time during college years, and between other careers, working his way up to the wheelhouse at a ferry company in Connecticut, but let his Captain license expire long ago.


Industrial Hygienists: ABIH® Diplomats may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours. Visit for more information.

Safety Professionals: Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Visit for more information.

Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hours.


This event is made possible through the joint provider ship of The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Berkeley, and California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses.