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Environmental Health & Safety

Respiratory Protection Program

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Table of Contents

I. Purpose

II. Personnel Affected

III. Definitions

IV. Responsibilities

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

V. Procedures

Respirator Selection

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

Types of Respirators

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

Service Life of Air-Purifying Respirator Filters and Cartridges

Warning Signs of Respirator Failure

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

Voluntary 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 and Questionnaire

  • Medical Determination
  • Additional Medical Evaluations
  • Employees Who Can Not Be Medically Cleared

Fit Testing

  • User Seal Checks


Record Keeping

Respiratory Protection Program Audit & Evaluation


VII. Appendices

Appendix A. Information and Acknowledgemnt Form for Employees using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard

Appendix B. Respiratory Protection Program Evaluation Form

Appendix C. OSHA's Mandatory Medical Clearance Questionnaire

VIII.Revision History

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

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