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Respiratory Protection Program

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    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
    11/2015 - program reviewed and revised
    11/2016 - program reviewed and revised
    4/2017 - program reviewed and revised
    11/2018 - program reviewed, added Respiratory Protection Coordinator and program evaluation information
    1/2020 - program reviewed and revised
    3/2020 - voluntary use information added

Table of Contents




  • The Occupational Safety Unit of Environmental Health & Safety
  • Strong Memorial Hospital Employee Health Program and University Health Service’s Occupational Health Unit
  • University Respiratory Protection Program Coordinators
  • University Human Resources Business Partners
  • University Administration, Directors, Managers, Principal Investigators, Patient Care Providers, Nurse Managers/Leaders and Supervisors
  • Respiratory Protection Users

Respirator Selection

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

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 in Laboratories Handling Biohazards
  • Voluntary (Comfort) Respirator Use

Care of Respiratory Protective Equipment

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Storage
  • Inspection
  • Repairs
  • Service Life/Filter Change Schedules

Quality of Supplied Air (from tanks or compressors)

Medical Evaluation

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

Fit Testing

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


Record Keeping

Respiratory Protection Program Audit & Evaluation

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

Appendix F. Other University Policies or Programs Incorporating Respiratory Protection

Appendix G. University of Rochester Faculty Handbook Statement of Safety Policy

Appendix H. Respiratory Protection Program Evaluation Form


Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail Questions.

This page last updated 11/16/2020. Disclaimer.