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Office Of Environmental Health & Safety

Respiratory Protection Program

Person wearing respirator

Florida Tech is committed to the protection of University workers from occupational hazards, including the potential health risks associated with exposure to airborne contaminants.

The Respiratory Protection Program meets the University's goal is the control of airborne contaminants by the application of engineering and work practice control measures. When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respiratory protection must be used. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including respirator protection, is normally the last resort in minimizing the hazards of airborne contaminants.

Faculty and staff required to wear a respirator must follow the Respirator User Instructions.

Note: If it has been more than a year since year last medical screening for the Respiratory Protection Program you must be re-evaluated medically. Medical Screening & Surveillance under OSHA 3162. [29CFR1910.134(e); and 29CFR1926.103.]

Note2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the responsibility of the individual department to cover their assigned personnel.

Note3:  29CFR1910.134(f)(2) - The employer shall ensure that an employee using a tight-fitting facepiece respirator is fit tested prior to initial use of the respirator, whenever a different respirator facepiece (size, style, model or make) is used, and at least annually thereafter.

The Respiratory Protection Program includes the following elements