OLD SCHOOL WAY OF FIT TESTING

Millions of workers are given respirators by their employers to protect them from potential exposures to toxic vapors and gasses; harmful particulate matter; airborne bacteria, fungi, and viruses; or other respiratory hazards. THANKFULLY OUR FIT TEST METHODS HAVE IMPROVED!

RESPIRATORS IN THE WORKPLACE

"Respirators in the Workplace" is a comprehensive introduction to the various types of respiratory protection commonly used in everyday work situations. This series is divided into 4 modules: - An Overview - Air Purifying Respirators - Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (including SCBA) - Fit Testing The dangers of inadequate protection are stressed, as well as the importance of a proper fit.

RESPIRATORS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Respirators are designed to reduce a worker's exposure to airborne contaminants. Respirators come in various sizes and must be individually selected to fit the wearer's face and to provide a tight seal.

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION FOR DUST

The most common topic request for Safety Week was dust and respirators. So here's a quick review of the dust and fumes that can make our lives miserable in the shop, and why we need respirators for pro-active protection.

NEW SCHOOL WAY TO FIT TEST

RESPIRATOR FIT TESTING: This video is about the respirator fit testing requirements for any worker who is required to use a tight-fitting respirator. OSHA and State OSHA Agencies require employers to FIT TEST YEARLY, workers who must wear respirators on the job.

 

RESPIRATORS IN CONSTRUCTION

Every year in the U.S. more than 800 construction workers die and nearly 137,000 are seriously injured while on the job. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

 

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION FROM SILICA

Protection from silica dust by Mine Safety and Health Administration Respirators includes both English and Spanish versions -- There are many different styles, types, sizes, and shapes of respirators and their purpose is to clean the air you breathe.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

When health hazards requiring respiratory  protection are present in the work environment, the employer has the responsibility of developing an effective respirator program. The employer must provide respirators that protect their employees’ lives and health, and make sure the employees use the equipment properly. OSHA has set forth four requirements for a respiratory protection program.

1.The employer shall establish a written program with worksite specific procedures that are updated as necessary.

2.Certain procedures must be followed for voluntary use of respirators in nonhazardous atmospheres.

3.The program must be administrated by a trained program administrator.

4.Respirator training, and medical evaluations must be provided at no cost to the employee. Details of specific program elements follow:

•Procedures for selecting, and providing at no cost to the employee,NIOSH approved respirators based on an assessment of present and probable hazards, either measured or estimated.

•A medical evaluation of every employee who will be required to wear a respirator, as well as those wearing respirators for comfort reasons in a non-hazardous atmosphere. This is required before the employee is fit tested or allowed to wear a respirator. The evaluation must be administered at no cost to the employee by a physician or other licensed health care professional, and must use a questionnaire mandated by OSHA or a medical exam, which provides the same information. A follow-up medical exam, also at no cost to the employee,must be provided for any employee who gives a positive response to any of the questions 1-8 in section 2 of the OSHA medical questionnaire.

•Mandatory pre-use annual fit testing of all tight-fitting respirators including supplied air respirators, all of which must be fit tested in a negative pressure mode. Qualitative and quantitative fit test protocols are included in the new rules as mandatory in appendix A.

•Procedures for proper respirator use in routine and foreseeable emergency operations.

•Procedures and schedules for cleaning, disinfecting, storing, inspecting, repairing, discarding and maintaining respirators.

•Procedures to ensure adequate quantity, flow and quality of breathing air for supplied air respirators, including oxygen content, CO alarms and noninterchangeability of couplings.

•Pre-use and annual training of employees, at no cost to the employees, in the proper use of respirators, including a requirement that the trained employee demonstrate knowledge of at least the following points:

1.Why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, usage, or maintenance can compromise the protection offered by the respirator;

2.The limitations and capabilities of the respirator;

3.How to use the respirator in emergency situations, including those involving respirator malfunction;

4.How to inspect, put on, remove, use and perform a user seal check;

5. The procedures for maintenance and storage of the respirator;