Respirators must not be left exposed in the workplace when not in use. Grit and debris found throughout the shipfitting job site can diminish their effectiveness.
Respirators left out at worksites after the end of a shift.
OSHA requires that respirators be stored after cleaning in a manner that protects them from damage or contamination. For example, a plastic bag with seals is an easy and inexpensive way to do this. Some shipyards make respirator filters and wipes available for cleaning at area tool cribs.
Therefore training should include the importance of using clean PPE.
It is important to make the above resources available near all job sites and consistently follow up with employees to ensure compliance.
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