Respiratory Protection

Overview

The University Respiratory Protection Program was 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 emplyee 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.

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, asphyxiants, 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.