Respiratory Protection

The UofL Respiratory Protection Program applies to all university employees who are required to use or voluntarily wear respirators during work, for both routine tasks and emergencies. Major requirements of the program include hazard assessment, medical evaluation and qualification, fit testing, training and a unit-specific written respiratory protection plan.

Selecting and using respirators can be a complicated procedure requiring hazard evaluation, and an understanding of OSHA regulations, therefore, DEHS must conduct a hazard assessment to confirm if respiratory protection is indicated. OSHA requires that exposures first be reduced through engineering and administrative controls. The use of respirators is only allowed if other controls are in the process of being installed or implemented or if these controls are inadequate or not feasible.

When it is determined respirators will be used, DEHS can assist you in choosing the type of respirator that will offer the best protection. DEHS also provides the required training and fit testing. The written plan must contain work site-specific procedures and hazard assessments addressing the hazards in the work area. DEHS is available to assist supervisors with this requirement, and has developed a template they should use to create a Respiratory Protection Plan customized to their specific needs. Employees using filtering facepiece respirators (paper dust masks) in a voluntary use situation are exempt from most, but not all, requirements of the OSHA standard.

Questions regarding the Respiratory Protection Program can be directed to the Respiratory Protection Program Administrator or call 852-2961.

List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



UofL Respiratory Protection Program (PDF) Unit Specific Respiratory Protection Plans (Word)


Respiratory Protection Training & Fit Testing Information for Employees for Voluntary Use of Respirators (PDF)

Forms & Documents

Cleaning Your Respirator (PDF) Respirator Selection & Use Worksheet (Word)
OSHA Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (PDF) (Completed by employee, provided to physician) Worksite Information Regarding Respirator Use (Word) (Completed by employee, provided to physician)
Comparison of Mandatory-Required Use vs Voluntary Use of Respirators (PDF)


OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard: 29 CFR 1910.134 Questions & Answers on the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF)

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Main Office

1800 Arthur Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40208


tel (502) 852-6670

fax (502) 852-0880

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Radiation Safety Office

319 Abraham Flexner Way

Louisville, Kentucky 40202


tel (502) 852-5231

fax (502) 852-8911

Office Hours

M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

No holiday hours

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