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The Do’s and Don’ts of Respiratory Protection


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Respiratory Protection

  1. 1. The Do’s and Don’ts of Respiratory Protection Mike Rusak EHS Engineer II September 20, 2013
  2. 2. Speakers Becky Ross Marketing Manager 303-228-8753 Mike Rusak EHS Engineer II 215-805-6026 PresenterModerator
  3. 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. 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. 6. WRITTEN PROGRAMS • DO know what elastomeric respirators and filtering facepieces are
  7. 7. WRITTEN PROGRAMS • DO ensure you are giving “voluntary wearing respirator” employees a copy of Appendix D
  9. 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. 10. MEDICAL EVALUATIONS • DO an evaluation for negative and positive pressure respirators • DO consider each type of respirator worn
  11. 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
  12. 12. FIT TESTING
  13. 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. 14. FIT TESTING • DO know that fit testing is required on all tight-fitting respirators; unless voluntarily worn
  15. 15. FIT TESTING • DO NOT conduct fit testing on any loose-fitting respirators
  16. 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
  17. 17. FACIAL HAIR
  18. 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. 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. 20. FACIAL HAIR • DO NOT allow fit testing to be performed on an employee with facial hair that interferes with the facepiece seal
  22. 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. 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. 24. TRAINING
  25. 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. 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. 27. TRAINING • DO online respiratory protection training (KPA clients)
  28. 28. RESOURCES • Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard • Q & A on the Respiratory Protection Standard
  29. 29. Got a Question? Ask our Expert!
  30. 30. Contact Information 30 The recorded webinar and presentation slides will be emailed to you today. 866-356-1735