Respiratory Protection

There are some workplaces with chemical, particulate or biological air contaminants, or areas that may have oxygen deficient atmospheres, where the need for respiratory protection may be required. While a respirator can be an effective method of protection if selected properly and fitted to the user, it can also cause undue physical stress on a person’s body, or create a false sense that one is working safely if utilized incorrectly. For these reasons, the Occupational Safety and Health Department requires employers to develop and maintain a respiratory protection program to manage respirator evaluation, selection and training

If you believe that you need a respirator, or you have been told to get fit-tested for a respirator, you will need to be medically cleared and given a respirator fit test. Hospital employees must visit Workforce Health and Safety. Students and employees who do not work in hospital spaces can arrange for a fit-test by contacting Environmental Health and Safety.

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