Throughout the United States, an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respiratory protection on more than 3 million job sites. Respirators protect these workers from a variety of different hazards while on the job. These hazards include low oxygen levels, harmful vapors, smoke and gases.

It is imperative that the proper respirator is used for the appropriate hazard.  For example, an air purifying respirator would be completely useless in an oxygen deficient atmosphere, due to the fact it does not supply air, but only removes harmful particles from the air.

Respiratory protection topics covered will include:

  • Routes of entry for harmful airborne contaminants and substances

  • Effects of exposure (short and long term)

  • Review revised Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (Silica Rule)

  • When respirators are required

  • Respirator selection, maintenance, cleaning, care, etc.

  • Canisters and cartridges

  • The responsibilities of management, supervisors and front-line employees regarding respiratory protective equipment

  • Training requirements

  • Medical evaluations

  • Fit testing

  • Different types of respirators and their limitations

This class will identify the different types of respirators and their proper application.  It will also discuss the medical certification that must be done prior to being fitted for a respirator and review the revised Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (Silica Rule). This certification may be good for up to three years, depending on the individual, but a fit test must be done every year.

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