Many companies expose their employees to respiratory hazards, such as dust, chemicals, metals or other toxic contaminants. When this happens, and if engineering controls can’t be implemented to control exposure of these hazards, employers are required to implement a Respiratory Protection Program which has many elements that employers must then manage on an ongoing basis. These are commonly referred to as “elements.”
Some of these key elements include requirements to conduct fit testing, annual medical evaluations, selection of appropriate respirators and cartridges, filter cartridge change out schedules, and employee training.
Below we have summarized the key components of the employee training requirement which must be addressed:
- Provide information about the applicable OSHA regulation
- Explain key definitions
- Types of respirators and guidelines for respirator selection
- Training to ensure proper use, care, storage, and operation of respirators
- Training on limitations and capabilities of respirators
- Assigned Protection Factor (APF) and the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)
- Voluntary Use / Appendix D
- Medical Evaluations and Fit Testing
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