Environmental Health & Safety

Respiratory Protection

Employees exposed, or potentially exposed to respiratory hazards such as dusts, mists, fumes, and/or vapors may be required to wear respiratory protection. The hierarchy of hazard control dictates that exposures would preferentially be controlled by eliminating the hazard, substituting a less hazardous chemical or product, using engineering controls such as local exhaust ventilation, or implementing administrative controls such as work methods prior to using personal protective equipment (PPE). Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) conducts hazard assessments to evaluate whether respiratory protection is necessary. Please contact OH&S at the link below to request a hazard assessment.

Employees required to wear a respirator will be enrolled in WSU’s Respiratory Protection Program. The program requires employees to be medically cleared to wear a respirator, the respirator to be annually fit-tested, and the employee trained. Medical clearance is required prior to fit testing. Employees may be evaluated for medical clearance by completing WSU’s Respiratory Protection Program Questionnaire. Please carefully follow the instructions prior to submitting the form to OH&S.

Employees not required to wear a respirator but who choose to wear a N95 or greater disposable respirator are to be provided information on the voluntary use of respirators.

Employees not required to wear a respirator but who choose to wear an elastomeric reusable respirator have to be medically cleared and provided information on the voluntary use of respirators.

Training

Employees receive training on how to properly use respirators from OH&S during their annual respirator fit-test.

Resources

A copy of WSU’s Respiratory Protection Program is available upon request.

Fact Sheet: Respiratory Protection, Breathe Easy

Safety Policies and Procedures Manual: Respiratory Protection Program

Contact Us

Environmental Health & Safety, PO Box 641172, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1172, 509-335-3041, Contact Us