Millions of workers like you wear respirators in workplaces across a wide variety of industries to protect against poor oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. But just wearing a respirator is not enough. You need to know how to properly fit, use, inspect, and maintain your respirator to fully protect yourself from these respiratory hazards. If you don’t, these hazards can cause cancer, lung impairment, lung diseases, or even death.
Why “Respiratory Protection” Matters:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard requires employers to train employees required to use respirators before they use a respirator in the workplace for the first time and annually thereafter. The Respiratory Protection Standard is consistently in the top ten most frequently cited OSHA violations. Failure to properly use a respirator can lead to cancer, lung impairment, lung diseases, and even death.
At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Identify hazards;
- Explain need for respirators;
- Describe how respirator operates;
- Recognize limitations;
- Safely wear and use respirator;
- Inspect, maintain, and store respirator;
- Recognize emergencies and medical symptoms; and
- Summarize employer’s respiratory protection responsibilities.