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Respiratory Protection Training and Fit Testing

by schmidy last modified Dec 14, 2010 02:17 PM

This training is required annually for all employees who wear a respirator for protection against hazardous air contaminants. In this class the user will learn about the proper selection, use, and maintenance of respirators, emphasizing their limitations. The user will be fitted with an appropriate size and style of respirator, and the face piece-to-face seal will be checked with an airborne test agent such as irritant smoke.

This class is limited to the use of air purifying respirators (e.g. N-95 filtering facepiece and cartridge respirators). However, special training can be made available for air line respirators and self contained breathing apparatus upon request.


Physical Plant


Training and fit testing is scheduled by the supervisor on an as-needed basis by contacting the Industrial Hygienist.


Other Departments


Prior to scheduling training you must call for a hazard assessment to ensure proper selection of respirators. Employees must obtain a statement of medical qualification for respirator use from a licensed physician prior to training/fit testing. For complete information see the Respiratory Protection Program. Questions may be directed to the Industrial Hygienist, or by calling 852-2961


Paper Dust Masks


Voluntary use of these throw-away paper masks for protection from nuisance particles such as pollen or other environmental dusts have different requirements than respirators. Please contact the Industrial Hygienist for more information on these requirements.



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