Respiratory Protection

General Information

Wright State University provides a safe and healthy work environment free from recognized hazards.   The Respiratory Protection Program helps 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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 requirements are followed.

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. 

Do I need to wear a Respirator?

The job tasks/classifications that require respirator use include Painters, Water Treatment Operators, HVAC, Morgue (embalming), Police, HAZWOPER, and hazardous material disposal.  If you feel that your job task may need a respirator, contact us to perform a risk assessment.  If the risk assessment determines that a respirator is not required but you would like to wear a respirator voluntarily, please see below.

What if I want to wear a respirator?

If you want to wear a respirator for "comfort" reasons (as opposed to a documented hazard) please read Voluntary Respirator Use Information.


How can we help you?

Please contact:
Phone: 937-775-2215  |  Office: WSU Dayton Campus - Biological Sciences II, Room 047