The Do’s and Don’ts of Respiratory Protection

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  • Well that’s all folks. Now time for some Q & A. Eliana, do we have any questions I can answer?


  • 1. The Do’s and Don’ts of Respiratory Protection Mike Rusak EHS Engineer II September 20, 2013
  • 2. Speakers Becky Ross Marketing Manager 303-228-8753 Mike Rusak EHS Engineer II 215-805-6026 PresenterModerator
  • 3. Questions • If you have questions during the presentation, please submit them using the “Questions” feature • Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar
  • 5. WRITTEN PROGRAMS •DO know when written programs are needed and not needed NEEDED • Respirators required • Elastomeric respirators are voluntarily worn NOT NEEDED • No respirator use • Voluntary use of filtering facepieces
  • 6. WRITTEN PROGRAMS • DO know what elastomeric respirators and filtering facepieces are
  • 7. WRITTEN PROGRAMS • DO ensure you are giving “voluntary wearing respirator” employees a copy of Appendix D
  • 9. MEDICAL EVALUATIONS • DO NOT allow respirators to be worn before an evaluation is complete – Only exception: a person voluntarily wearing a filtering facepiece
  • 10. MEDICAL EVALUATIONS • DO an evaluation for negative and positive pressure respirators • DO consider each type of respirator worn
  • 11. MEDICAL EVALUATIONS • DO NOT conduct annually 1. Employee reports signs or symptoms related to ability to wear respirator 2. PLHCP, administrator, or supervisor determines it necessary 3. Info from RPP indicates a need 4. Change in workplace conditions substantially increase physiological burden
  • 13. FIT TESTING • DO NOT conduct fit testing before a medical evaluation is completed • DO complete fit testing before the initial use of the respirator
  • 14. FIT TESTING • DO know that fit testing is required on all tight-fitting respirators; unless voluntarily worn
  • 15. FIT TESTING • DO NOT conduct fit testing on any loose-fitting respirators
  • 16. FIT TESTING • DO follow OSHA protocol – Bitrex – Saccharin Solution – Isoamyl acetate (banana oil) – Irritant smoke • the respirator must be equipped with a HEPA or P100 series filter • DO perform it annually
  • 18. FACIAL HAIR • DO not allow tight-fitting facepieces to be worn by employees who have “facial hair that comes between the sealing surface of the facepiece and the face…” • DO realize that there are options for employees with facial hair –loose-fitting respirators
  • 19. FACIAL HAIR • DO know that respirators can be worn voluntarily with facial hair as long as the employer determines there is no hazard
  • 20. FACIAL HAIR • DO NOT allow fit testing to be performed on an employee with facial hair that interferes with the facepiece seal
  • 22. CHANGE OUT SCHEDULES • DO recognize a need for a change out schedule –Must be based on available data or information which considers workplace factors such as contaminant concentration, airflow, temperature, a nd humidity
  • 23. CLEANING & STORAGE • DO allow time for the cleaning of the respirator • DO ensure respirators are stored so they are protected from damage and contamination
  • 24. TRAINING
  • 25. TRAINING DO NOT skimp on training • Why respirator is necessary • Limitations and capabilities • Inspection, donning, and doffing • Seal checking • Maintenance and storage procedures • Recognizing medical signs and symptoms that limit effectiveness
  • 26. TRAINING • DO conduct training before respirator is worn • DO perform training annually –unless change in workplace or respirator type and/or inadequacies in employee knowledge or use
  • 27. TRAINING • DO online respiratory protection training (KPA clients)
  • 28. RESOURCES • Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard • Q & A on the Respiratory Protection Standard
  • 29. Got a Question? Ask our Expert!
  • 30. Contact Information 30 The recorded webinar and presentation slides will be emailed to you today. 866-356-1735