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What’s required in a respiratory protection program?

Category: People

by Farm Bureau Insurance

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Here is a checklist for making sure you and employees are protected.

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Your workplace must have a respiratory protection program if your employees are exposed to respiratory hazards. The program’s requirements, which apply to general industry and construction employers, are established in 1910.134, Respiratory Protection.

Have you:

Evaluated Worksite/Need for Respirator

  • Appointed an administrator to implement the program?
  • Identified potential respiratory hazards at your workplace and described each hazard’s chemical name and physical form?
  • Evaluated your employees’ exposure levels to determine the air concentration of the hazards?
  • Determined the oxygen concentration of hazardous atmospheres?
  • Selected respirators for employees based on the hazard’s air concentration, chemical name and physical form, and the availability of oxygen?
  • Ensured that employees use only NIOSH- certified respirators?
  • Provided medical evaluations to employees who use respirators?

Made sure respirators fit?

  • Fit-tested employees who use respirators with tight-fitting facepieces?
  • Ensured that employees who wear respirators with tight-fitting facepieces do not have beards or other facial hair that could cause the facepieces to leak?
  • Ensured that employees wear only the respirators for which they have been fit tested?
  • Ensured that employees remove their respirators after they leave their work areas?
  • Ensured that employees who work in IDLH environments use a full-facepiece, pressure-demand, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or a combination full-facepiece, pressure-demand, supplied-air respirator with auxiliary self-contained air supply?

Trained and maintained

Made the written program readily available to any employee in the program?

  • Ensured that respirators are stored so they are not damaged or deformed?
  • Ensured that employees inspect their respirators before each use?
  • Ensured that employees have a method for reporting problems with respirators?
  • Provided employees who use respirators voluntarily with the information in 1910.134, Appendix D?
  • Trained the employees who you require to use respirators?
  • Ensured that employees’ respirators are clean, sanitary, and properly maintained?
  • Ensured that respirator filters, cartridges, and canisters have NIOSH-approved labels?
  • Ensured that only high quality breathing air is used for atmosphere-supplying respirators?

Do you:

  • Keep current records of medical evaluations and fit-testing results?
  • Have a current copy of the written respiratory protection program?
  • Regularly evaluate the program to ensure that it is effective?