Environmental Health and Safety

Respiratory Protection

The University Respiratory Protection Program (doc) (pdfwas developed to protect employees against respiratory hazards including particulates, chemicals and other materials that pose a risk to employee health. The Respiratory Protection Program outlines important responsibilities for employees including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment which often includes the use of a proper respirator.

Employees must be cleared to wear a respirator and be trained before being permitted to work in conditions that would require use of such equipment. In order to be cleared, the following conditions must be met.

  • The employee must have a medical exam to determine the employee's fitness to wear a respirator.
  • The employee must be fit-tested to ensure that the respirator properly fits the employee and the employee is able to properly dawn the respirator.
  • The employee must be sufficiently trained.

Employee Medical Evaluations

A respirator medical evaluation is a health assessment that determines if an employee is medically fit to wear a respirator on the job. Also known as a respirator medical clearance, this evaluation helps to protect employees' health at work and ensures workplace compliance with respiratory protection standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If your HERRA manager has determined that your position may need to wear a respirator, you will be contacted to register annually for an employee medical evaluation. If you feel that your position may need to wear a respirator, but you are not contacted, please speak to your HERRA manager and/or contact EHS at ehs@cpp.edu.

  • Download Questionnaire (PDF)
  • Register for February 25, 2021 On-Campus Medical Examination (Full)
  • Register for April 19, 2021 On-Campus Medical Examination (Full)
  • Register for July 22, 2021 On-Campus Medical Examination (Information will be sent this Summer to the employees needing to attend this date)

Fit Testing

Under OSHA 1910.134, fit testing must be performed initially (before the employee is required to wear the respirator in the workplace) and must be repeated at least annually. Fit testing must also be conducted whenever respirator design or facial changes occur that could affect the proper fit of the respirator. Examples of conditions which would require additional fit testing of an employee include (but are not limited to) the use of a different size or make of respirator, weight loss, cosmetic surgery, facial scarring, the installation of dentures or absence of dentures that are normally worn by the individual.

  • Request a Fit Test by emailing ehs@cpp.edu

Respiratory Protection Training

These SumTotal courses cover information relating to respiratory hazards, protection mechanisms, and safe work practices. They also include information on how to use respiratory protection for protection from hazardous airborne contaminants in the work environment.

  • Respiratory Protection 2.0 - Cal/OSHA
  • Respiratory Protection Impact: Inspections
  • Respiratory Protection Impact: Limitations of Respirators
  • Respiratory Protection Impact: Donning and Doffing
  • Respiratory Protection Impact: Maintenance and Storage


Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are areas that may pose a risk to an employee by presenting harmful breathing conditions in the form of noxious gases, asphyxiates, fumes, oxygen deficiency or flammable gases. Aside from the risk of suffocation, these areas may pose a physical risk of fire, explosion, reactivity etc. Due to the risk of entering confined spaces, a permitting process is required to grant access into these areas. This process is intended to ensure that the proper procedures, notifications, personal protective equipment and steps are in place to prevent an injury. At this time, EH&S reserves the option to contract out confined space services and may not approve new requests.