Respiratory Protection eTool
This eTool* provides instruction on the proper selection of respiratory protection and the development of change schedules for gas/vapor cartridges as well as helps you comply with the OSHA respirator standard. Respirators should be used for protection only 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. (Refer to Exposure Control Priority).
The OSHA respirator standard applies to all occupational airborne exposures to contaminated air where the employee is:
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- Exposed to a hazardous level of an airborne contaminant; or
- Required by the employer to wear respirators; or
- Permitted to wear respirators.
Four major duties are imposed by each of these standards. These duties are:
- Use engineering controls where feasible to control the hazard.
- Provide an appropriate respirator.
- Ensure the use of an appropriate respirator.
- Institute a respiratory protection program that complies with the rest of the standard.
Applicable OSHA Standards:
- 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I, Personal protective equipment. OSHA Standard.
*eTools are stand-alone, interactive, highly illustrated web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. Some use expert system modules, which enable users to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site. Some provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program and include other recommended practices that often go beyond specific OSHA requirements. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.