8.5 Respirators

Departments or laboratories that issue, recommend or provide respirators for employee protection are required to implement a respiratory protection program in accordance with IOSH Standard 1910.134. The Environmental Health & Safety or other qualified industrial hygiene services should be contacted for assistance in determining the need for implementation of a respirator program. Respirator program components include hazard evaluations, annual medical evaluations, fit-tests and training for individuals using respirators, and written programs including record keeping and annual reviews.

Even if employees desire to wear a respirator or dust mask for their comfort (such as to minimize odor), a respirator use evaluation is still required.  Contact EHS to request a respirator use evaluation.