This Code of Safe Practice
is designed to act as a guide in the use, selection and care of
respiratory protective equipment.
All respiratory protective equipment is intended to be
used to reduce employees' potential exposure to airborne dusts,
gasses, vapors, mists and fumes.
using any respiratory protective equipment, make sure you have
received training from an authorized trainer in the selection,
use, cleaning and maintenance of the respiratory equipment.
training and certification is specific for each different make
and model of respirator. Make
sure you receive additional training before using any respirator
for which you have not been trained and fit tested.
to the issuance and use of a respirator and at least annually
thereafter, make sure you are given a qualitative fit test to
insure that a proper fit has been achieved.
you have a diagnosed respiratory disease or ailment (i.e. asthma,
emphysema, cardio-pulmonary disease, chemical sensitivity, respiratory
allergies, etc.) or feel that you can not wear a respirator
because of some other physical or medical limitation, notify
your supervisor so you can be given special consideration.
employees who hold a current training certificate can obtain
respiratory equipment through their foreman.
supervisor will determine what type of respiratory protection
is required. This determination
will be based on the nature and level of the airborne contaminant(s)
in the employee's work area.
request assistance from a safety consultant whenever you are
not sure if your respiratory protection is appropriate for the
work you are doing.
use dual cartridge respirators or paper masks (dust, paint fumes
or high efficiency particulate air filters) to enter an oxygen-deficient
or suspected oxygen- deficient atmosphere.
use respiratory protection when required by law or when deemed
necessary by your supervisor..
- Always make sure to obtain a gas-tight seal between
your facial skin and the respirator.
This means that employees who have a beard, mustache
or are not clean-shaven may not be issued or wear a respirator.
- Always perform a negative and positive pressure
test before each use of your respirator.
- Always inspect your respirator for defects before
each use. Never wear
a faulty respirator under any circumstance.
- If you smell or taste the airborne contaminant that
the respirator is designed to remove, leave the work area, re-inspect
the respirator and conduct another positive and negative test. If there is a gas-tight seal and the smell/taste
returns, install new cartridge filters.
- If breathing through the respirator becomes difficult,
the filter cartridges or pre-filters may need to be replaced. Do not continue to use respirator until cartridge
- Routinely clean your respirator in accordance with
the manufacturer's instruction.
- Always store respirators
in airtight bags when not in use.