The University of Iowa

SAFETYmatters - Required Respirator Course Changes

EHS is revamping our ICON required respirator training.  Changes will impact all employees who take one of the current four offered courses. The change does not affect those using voluntary respirators.

A new required respirator course will be released on January 1, 2023, entitled Respirator: Required Use - W553OS.  This course will replace the current four required respirator courses: Respirator Dust Mask - W141OS; Respirator PAPR Hood - W139OS; Respirator PAPR Tight Fit - W140OS; and Respirator Tight Fit - W138OS.

Starting January 1, 2023, the only required-use respirator course offered will be Respirator: Required Use - W553OS.  Any employee with a training compliance in Compliance and Qualifications will need to update the required course to W553OS.  Annual compliances will no longer be fulfilled by W141OS, W139OS, W140OS or W138OS as these courses will not be available to campus at the start of the new year. The training for individuals using voluntary respirators will remain Respirator: Voluntary Use - W050OS.