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Respirators are a type of personal protective equipment used to provide protection against worker exposure to airborne substances. Respirators are devices worn over the mouth, nose and sometimes the eyes, that help you breathe safely in a hazardous area. The best method of controlling exposures to airborne substances is to prevent the air from becoming contaminated in the first place. This should be accomplished as much as possible by engineering controls, such as local exhaust ventilation. When airborne exposures cannot be controlled, or while controls are being installed, appropriate respirators may be used.
The need for respiratory protection may exist in any line of work. It is the employer’s responsibility to determine if the work you do should be performed while wearing a respirator. Your employer will provide you with the right respirator for your job. You should not use any other respiratory protective device at work without the full understanding and agreement of your employer. Before a worker may use a respirator, he/she must be pass a medical evaluation, be trained in the use, maintenance, inspection, and care of the respirator, and be fit-tested.
There are three basic types of respirators.
The proper selection and use of respiratory protection is essential to controlling airborne exposures with respirators. A written respiratory protection program must be established and implemented. Prior to the use of respiratory protection, selection of the proper type of respirator by the employer should be based on the following:
For more detailed information visit the website maintained by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration at http://www.osha-slc.gov.
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