It is the policy of the University to provide a safe and healthful work environment free from recognized hazards. The Respiratory Protection Program is designed to help lower worker exposures to hazardous airborne contaminants and oxygen deficiency. Respiratory protection should only be used when engineering controls have been shown to be infeasible for the control of the hazard or during the interim period when engineering controls are being installed. Once respiratory protection is determined to be necessary, the University must follow all requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.
What is Respiratory Protection?
Respiratory protection includes devices that will protect the wearer's respiratory system from overexposure by inhalation to airborne contaminants. Respiratory protection is used when a worker must work in an area where he/she might be exposed to concentration in excess of the allowable exposure limit.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Wright State administers a respiratory protection program to protect employees against recognized occupational hazards. This written OSHA-regulated program covers the following:
Procedures for selecting respirators
Medical evaluations for respirator users
Fit testing procedures for tight-fitting respirators
Procedures and schedules for cleaning, disinfecting, storing, inspecting, repairing, discarding and maintaining respirators for proper use during routine and emergency situations
Procedures for ensuring adequate air quality, quantity and flow of breathing air for atmosphere-supplying respirators
Training on respiratory hazards to which the user may be potentially exposed
Training on proper use and maintenance of respirators, including putting on and removing them, limitations on their use, and maintenance
Procedures for regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the respirator program
For More Information
Read the Wright State University Respiratory Protection Policy (below).
U.S. Department of Labor Resources
Respirator Safety GREAT VIDEO!
The Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks
Respirator Standard [PPT - 6.8 MB]
Major Requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard [PDF - 309 KB]
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 820 KB]
Respiratory Protection. 29 CFR 1910.134
Respiratory Protection. OSHA eTool.
Respiratory Protection. OSHA Safety and Health Topics page.
Respirator Change-Out Schedules. OSHA
Small Entity Compliance Guide. OSHA Publication.
OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions About Respiratory Protection
OSHA Technical Manual.
If you want to wear a respirator for "comfort" reasons (as opposed to a documented hazard) please read Wright State’s Voluntary Respirator Use Information sheet below.
If you have questions concerning respirators, respirator use, or to schedule a fit test, please contact Marjorie Markopoulos at 775-2797 or the EHS Office at 775-2215