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.