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Course Title:
Respiratory Protection Training

Course Description:
Respiratory Protection Training is a 2 hour session presented by the Safety Specialist. OSHA requires that respiratory protection training be comprehensive and understandable. OSHA also requires Brown University to provide basic information on voluntary use of respirators to employees who wear respirators when not required by this section or by the employer to do so. The employer shall ensure that each employee can demonstrate knowledge of at least the following:

  • Why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, usage and/or maintenance can compromise the protective effect of the respirator.
  • What the limitations and capabilities of the respirator are.
  • How to use the respirator effectively in emergency situations, including situations in which the respirator malfunctions.
  • How to inspect, put on and remove, use, and check the seals of the respirator.
  • What the procedures are for maintenance and storage of the respirator.
  • How to recognize medical signs and symptoms that may limit or prevent the effective use of respirators.

Who Must Attend?
Any employee who is required to use a respirator in the workplace must attend this session.

When Must Initial Training be Completed?
Respiratory protection training is required prior to an employee using a respirator in the workplace.

How Often Must I Attend a Refresher Course?
OSHA requires that refresher respiratory protection training be held at least annually and more often as necessary. The following are situations which would trigger the need to administer refresher training at a frequency greater than annually:

  • Changes in the workplace or the type of respirator render previous training obsolete.
  • Inadequacies in the employee's knowledge or use of the respirator indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill; or
  • Any other situation arises in which retraining appears necessary to ensure safe respirator use.

How can I Make Sure My Respirator Fits?
OSHA requires that refresher respiratory fit testing be conducted at least annually and more often as necessary. The following are situations which would trigger the need to administer refresher fit testing at a frequency greater than annually:

  • Changes in an employee's physical condition.
  • A recommendation by the University's PLHCP, the employee's supervisor or by Environmental Health & Safety.
  • Changes in an employee's physical condition including, but not limited to any of the following:
    o Facial scarring.
    o Dental changes.
    o Cosmetic surgery.
    o Obvious change in body weight.

Trainer Contact Information:
Safety Specialist at 401-863-1645

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Last updated on 08/29/2006