What is the primary purpose of a respirator program?
The purpose of the respirator program is to ensure that all OSHA employees are protected from exposure to respiratory hazards.
Which respiratory protection responsibilities are the employers?
Employers (both host and staffing agency) that allow voluntary use of respirators must ensure the employee is medically able to use the respirator and that the respirator does not present a health hazard, and provide the employee a copy of Appendix D from the Respiratory Protection standard.
Why are respiratory protection programs important?
Many processes in the workplace generate byproducts like dust, gases, mists, fumes, vapours or aerosols. Respiratory protection programs and equipment help to protect the health of your workers.
What are the two main types of respiratory protective equipment?
Respirator (filtering device) – uses filters to remove contaminants in the workplace air , there are two main types:
- Non-powered respirators – rely on the wearer’s breathing to draw air through the filter.
- Powered respirators – use a motor to pass air through the filter to give a supply of clean air to the wearer.
What are the three types of respirators?
The three basic types are: Half Mask/Dust Mask, Half Mask (Elastomeric), and Full Facepiece (Elastomeric). 2. Non-Powered Air-Purifying Respirators: When using a non-powered air-purifying respirator, the user operates it simply by breathing.
How do you start a respirator program?
Starting a Respiratory Protection Program
- Elimination – Physically remove the hazard.
- Substitution – Replace the hazard.
- Engineering controls – Isolate people from the hazard.
- Administrative controls – Change the way people work.
- Personal protective equipment – Protect the worker with PPE.
Which hazardous materials do you need to use respiratory protection?
How should respiratory hazards be controlled? Respiratory hazards can include airborne contaminants such as biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes, and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Note that more than one respiratory hazard can be present at the same time.
What must be performed every time a respirator is put on?
Each time and every time a respirator is worn, you must check that the respirator is sealing properly to the face. Not all respirators will allow the wearer to temporarily block the inlet openings or valves, but these checks should be done whenever possible. Do not wear a respirator that does not seal properly.
What are the OSHA requirements for a written respiratory protection program?
Per 29 CFR 1910.134, every respiratory protection program requires a program administrator and must include documentation and written work site-specific procedures for:
- Respirator selection.
- Medical evaluations.
- Use of respirators.
- Maintenance and care.
- Assuring adequate air quality.
- Training and fit testing.
What is an example of PPE?
Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits.