Respiratory Programs, Fit-Testing, Surveys and Training
Learn how to establish, maintain, and monitor a respirator program following the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.134. Discuss the technical aspects for the proper selection and use of respiratory protection. Evaluate compliance with OSHA’s standard by using the compliance directive and the “Small Entity Compliance Guide.” Topics include: Respiratory Protection Program, Fit Testing Demonstration, Selection of Respirators, Maintenance and Care.
The law requires that, if feasible, engineering controls shall be used to prevent air contamination at the workplace and reduce employee exposure below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL). When effective engineering controls are not feasible, the employer is required to provide an alternative method of employee protection such as providing an appropriate respirator for use by the employee. OSHA requires that employers shall ensure that employees using any respirator with a negative or positive pressure tight-fitting face piece pass an appropriate qualitative fit test (QLFT) or quantitative fit test (QNFT) prior to using a respirator and be fit tested with the same make, model, style, and size of respirator that will be used by the employee.