What are the specific criteria for selecting appropriate respirators in an RPP?
Respirator selection should be based on the hazard evaluation and must be NIOSH-certified. Considerations should include the type of hazard (particulates, gases, vapors, etc.), its concentration, and the Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL). The selection process should also take into account the nature of the work, comfort, fit, and the user's medical fitness. In some cases, additional factors such as temperature extremes, humidity, or the need for eye protection may affect respirator selection.
What respirators does the medical evaluation cover?
The online respirator medical evaluation can be used for all brands and types of respirators. This includes but is not limited to: Filtering facepiece respirators (N95, P100, etc.) Elastomeric respirators Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) ...
How do you establish a proper respirator maintenance program as part of the RPP?
A respirator maintenance program includes procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, storing, inspecting, repairing, discarding, and otherwise maintaining respirators. Cleaning and disinfection should be carried out as often as necessary to prevent them ...
What does an effective respirator training program entail as part of an RPP?
An effective respirator training program should cover the reasons for respirator use, how improper fit and usage can compromise protective effect, the limitations and capabilities of the selected respirator, how to inspect, put on and remove, use, ...
Who is responsible for implementing and managing the Respiratory Protection Program?
The employer is generally responsible for the implementation and management of the RPP. However, they may designate a program administrator who is qualified by appropriate training or experience to oversee the RPP.
What should be included in a respiratory protection program?
A comprehensive Respiratory Protection Program, as mandated by OSHA (29 CFR 1910.134), should include the following elements: Program Administration: The program should be overseen by a designated program administrator who is qualified by appropriate ...