EHS 107: Respiratory Protection
To protect employees by reducing or eliminating occupational exposures to hazardous airborne contaminants
29 Code of Federal Regulations § 1910.134
Arizona State University Respiratory Protection Plan
Employees who anticipate having exposures to hazardous airborne contaminants above permissible exposure limits during the performance of their duties
ASU shall provide respiratory protection to employees, when needed, to prevent occupational exposure to hazardous airborne contaminant levels that exceed or may exceed permissible exposure limits established by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Administrative and/or engineering control measures (such as job rotation, substitution of toxic substances with less toxic substances, enclosure or confinement of the operation, and/or general and local ventilation) must be considered and implemented, when feasible, prior to using respiratory protection. If administrative and/or engineering controls are not feasible, the appropriate respiratory protection must be used.
Employees whose job functions require the use of respiratory protection must receive a medical examination, training, and fit testing before using a respirator.
Employees must receive an initial medical examination and authorization by a qualified occupational physician before using a respirator.
Before using respirators, employees must receive training in the proper use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment, which includes the following:
Employees must receive fit testing to ensure that the respiratory protective equipment fits properly and will provide the level of protection necessary for their specific area. Fit testing must be performed annually by a qualified individual.
For detailed information on the respiratory protection standard, to request a work area evaluation, or to schedule training and/or fit testing, contact Environmental Health & Safety at 480/965–1823.
The department’s responsibilities are to:
Environmental Health & Safety’s responsibilities are to:
The employee’s responsibilities are to:
For further information, see:
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