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Jayaraman chosen to serve on new National Academy of Medicine committee on respiratory protection
Professor Sundaresan Jayaraman has been chosen to serve on a new committee on respiratory protection constituted by the National Academy of Medicine. The committee was formed due to the public’s growing interest in respiratory protection due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent wildfires in the United States. Currently, existing regulatory processes for respiratory protective devices are limited to occupational use. Additionally, the respiratory protection needs of many workers operating in workplaces without respiratory protection programs are not being met. To address these gaps, the committee will consider the oversight and regulatory processes needed to ensure the public and such workers have access to effective respiratory protective devices and guidance on their use to mitigate exposures to inhalation hazards—including those arising during disasters and public health emergencies.
This is the ninth Study Committee for NASEM, apart from Standing Committee and Boards, that Jayaraman has served on.