Respiratory Protection

Learning objectives

  • Identify the purpose of using a respirator
  • Recognize factors that influence respirator effectiveness, the limitations and capabilities of respirators, and an employer’s responsibilities for respirator use in the workplace
  • Describe how respirators are used in the workplace, including required medical evaluations, fit testing, inspection, seal checks, and maintenance and storage requirements
  • Identify when an employee should leave a respirator use area, the warning signs of an improperly functioning respirator, and the actions workers should take in an emergency situation

Course overview

This lesson will familiarize you with the purpose of respirators, the factors that influence respirator effectiveness and the limitations and capabilities of different types of respirators. You will learn the responsibilities both you and your employer have for ensuring safe respirator use in the workplace, as well as how to handle a respirator emergency or malfunction if one occurs.
  • 25 minutes
  • Format: Online Interactive
  • English , Spanish
Course Outline
  • Respiratory Hazards
  • Respirator Basics
  • User Responsibilities
  • Special Considerations
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I, Personal protective equipment. OSHA Standard.
  • 1910.134, Respiratory protection
  • 1910.134(c), Respiratory protection program
  • 1910.134(d), Selection of respirators
  • 1910.134(e), Medical evaluation
  • 1910.134(f), Fit-testing
  • 1910.134(g), Use of respirators
  • 1910.134(h), Maintenance and care of respirators
  • 1910.134(i), Breathing air quality and use
  • 1910.134(k), Training and information
  • 1910.134(l), Program evaluation
  • 1910.134(m), Recordkeeping
  • Appendix A, Fit testing procedures (Mandatory)
  • Appendix B-1, User seal check procedures (Mandatory)
  • Appendix B-2, Respirator cleaning procedures (Mandatory)
  • Appendix D, Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard
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