Respirator training will be properly documented (Appendix A) and will include the type and model of respirator for which the individual has been trained and fit-tested.

This training will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Nature and degree of respiratory hazard
  2. Respirator selection, based on the hazard and respirator capabilities and limitations
  3. Donning procedures and fit tests including hand’s-on practice to ensure an effective face piece to face seal
  4. Actual handling of the respirator and wearing it for a period in a test atmosphere.
  5. A discussion of respirators construction, operating principles and limitations.
  6. Care of the respirator, e.g., need for cleaning, maintenance, storage, and/or replacement
  7. Instruction on the nature of the hazard, including information on its physical properties, possible concentrations, modes of physiological action and means of detection.
  8. Use and limitations of respirator
  9. Discussions of maintenance and inspection procedures.

e. Inspection: For sanitary and health reasons, clean respirators shall be used by one individual only and shall be returned to the Safety and health Manager for cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. Cleaning and disinfecting of reusable components of a respirator unit will be performed by utilizing recognized procedures corresponding to the exposure atmosphere. Disposable respirators will be discarded properly after use by the individual. Inspection frequency for all unused devices shall be monthly. Units receiving routine use shall be inspected by the employee before and after each use. The inspection shall include the following checks when applicable.

  1. Tightness of connections
  2. Condition of face piece, headbands, exhalation and inhalation valves, connecting tube, and canister
  3. Pressure in cylinders (do not use if less than 1500 psi)