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Respiratory Protection Program

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Revisions:

    3/98     Re-written to comply with new 29 CFR 1910.134
    11/2001 - minor changes
    1/2002 - minor changes
    10/2002 - minor changes
    8/2004 - minor changes due to the revocation of the TB Respirator Protection Standard 1910.139
    10/2006 - addition of Assigned Protection Factors for Respirators
    9/2009 - Appendix A updated
    10/2011 - program reviewed and revised

Table of Contents

Introduction

Responsibilities

  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program and University Health Service’s Occupational Health Unit
  • University Administration, Directors, Managers, and Supervisors
  • Respiratory Protection Users

Respirator Selection

  • Assigned Protection Factors for Respirators
  • Conditions which are Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health

Types of Respirators

  • Air-Purifying Respirator
  • Supplied-Air Respirators
  • Identification of Respirator Cartridges and Gas Mask Canisters

Service Life of Air-Purifying Respirator Canisters and Cartridges

Warning Signs of Respirator Failure

  • Particulate Air-Purifying
  • Gas or Vapor Air-Purifying
  • Supplied Air Respirator

Respirator Use

  • Respirator Use for Biohazards
  • Voluntary (Comfort) Respirator Use

Care of Respiratory Protective Equipment

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Storage
  • Inspection
  • Repairs
  • Filter Change Schedules

Quality of Supplied Air (from tanks or compressors)

Medical Evaluation

  • Task Information
  • Medical Evaluation Procedures and Questionnaire
  • Additional Medical Evaluations
  • Employees Who Can Not Be Medically Cleared

Fit Testing

  • Qualitative Fit Testing
  • Quantitative Fit Testing
  • User Fit Checks

Training

Record Keeping

Respiratory Protection for M. tuberculosis

Appendix A. OSHA Limits for Air Contaminants

Appendix B. Chemicals Which Are Not Approved For Use With Air-purifying Respirators

Appendix C. OSHA’s Mandatory Medical Clearance Questionnaire

Appendix D. Mandatory Information for Employees using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard

Appendix E. OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.134, Respiratory Protection


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