Respirator Training and Fit Testing
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29 CFR §1910.134:
"In the control of those occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, and/or vapors, the primary objective shall be to prevent atmospheric contamination. This shall be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering control measures. When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respirators shall be used."
CCR Title 8, §5144:
"When it is clearly impracticable to remove harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, and/or vapors, or where emergency protection against occasional and/or relatively brief exposure is needed, the employer shall provide, and the employee exposed to such hazard shall use, approved respiratory equipment."
This course will provide employee training in the proper use, capabilities, and limitations of respirators. Students will learn to properly inspect, clean, sanitize, perform minor repairs, and store their respirators. The classroom portion of the class takes 1-2 hours, depending on the experience level of the participants. The Qualitative Fit Testing Lab portion takes about 15 minutes per test.
- Minimum requirements of an acceptable Respirator Program (Cal-OSHA)
- Respirator selection based on hazards
- Classifications of respirators
- Respirator limitations
- Employee requirements
- Respirator inspection, cleaning, sanitizing, maintenance & storage
- Facepiece seal fit checks
- Color Coding of Cartridge / Canister
Qualitative Fit Tests will be performed according to OSHA protocols in 8CCR 5144. A Respirator Program, complete with employee training, fit testing, respirator care, and plan development is needed to achieve full compliance with existing regulations.