CONTENTS
Colorado School of Mines - Respiratory Protection Program

1. Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 2

2. Responsibilities ........................................................................................................................... 2

3. Exposure Assessments ................................................................................................................ 3

4. Respirator Selection .................................................................................................................... 4

5. Restrictions ................................................................................................................................. 5

6. Equipment Acceptance Criteria .................................................................................................. 5

7. Fit Testing ................................................................................................................................... 5

8. Training ....................................................................................................................................... 6

9. Voluntary Use ............................................................................................................................. 7

10. Equipment Inspection ............................................................................................................... 8

11. Equipment Use .......................................................................................................................... 8

12. Additional Requirements for Use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) ............... 8

13. Equipment Maintenance and Storage ....................................................................................... 9

14. Medical Surveillance ................................................................................................................ 9

15. Respirator Program Evaluation ............................................................................................... 11

List of Appendices: ....................................................................................................................... 12

Appendix A - OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.134) ...................... 14
Appendix B - NIOSH Guide To Respirator Selection .................................................................. 15
Appendix C - Respirator Cartridge Change Schedule .................................................................. 17
Appendix D - Approved Respirator List And Typical Uses ......................................................... 20
Appendix E - Respirator User Seal Check .................................................................................... 21
Appendix F - Qualitative Respirator Fit Test and Recordkeeping Procedures ............................. 21
Appendix G - Respirator Training Outline ................................................................................... 24
Appendix H - OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire .......................................... 26
Appendix I - Voluntary Use Of Dust Masks ................................................................................ 35
Appendix J - SCBA Monthyl Inspection Record ......................................................................... 35
Appendix K - Procedures For Cleaning Respirators..................................................................... 36
Appendix L – PLHCP Respirator Information Form .................................................................. 25

Colorado School of Mines Respiratory Protection Program

1. Introduction

This document establishes the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) written compliance program for
respiratory protection, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) under Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1910.134. Appendix A of this
Respiratory Protection Program contains a link to the Standard).

This Respiratory Protection Program addresses the use of respiratory protection as a method to
protect CSM employees and students from exposures to airborne biological, chemical, and
physical agents to safe levels below OSHA permissible exposure limits, as well as from oxygen
deficient atmospheres (i.e.<19.5% O2) and immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)
conditions.

Whenever feasible, engineering controls and administrative work practice controls will be
employed to maintain worker exposures below exposure limits and at a safe level. Respiratory
protection shall only be required if these controls are not feasible or are not able to adequately
reduce exposures to airborne contaminants.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) shall administer all aspects of this
Respiratory Protection Program.
2. Responsibilities

Various CSM departments and employees have responsibilities under this program, including:

a. Environmental Health & Safety Department

 Preparing, reviewing, and periodically revising this program;
 Providing and/or overseeing respirator fit-testing and training;
 Making information and training materials available to potentially affected employees;
 Monitoring and evaluating the need for respiratory protection in the workplace;
 Providing guidance to supervisors and employees in the selection of approved respirators;
 Maintaining records of exposure assessments, training, and respirator fit testing;
 Developing and implementing a medical surveillance program for respirator users;
 Ensuring that affected employees participate in medical surveillance program;
 Provide notifications to respirator users to schedule exams in accordance with the CSM
Medical Surveillance Program;
 Reviewing medical surveillance records;
 Maintaining medical surveillance records;
 Supplying approved respirators to affected employees free-of-charge; and
 Requiring affected employees to wear respirators.

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b. Supervisors

 Providing new employees with informal on-the-job training about potential respiratory
hazards, personal protective equipment requirements, and the elements of this Program;
 Notifying CSM EHS about workplace conditions and potentially affected employees who
are covered by this Program;
 Notifying potentially affected employees of the Medical Surveillance Program
requirements; and
 Ensuring that affected employees receive respirator training and fit-testing prior to
working with the respirator, and annually thereafter.

c. Affected Employees

 Observing the procedures and requirements outlined in this Program;
 Attending initial respirator training and annual training and fit testing thereafter;
 Scheduling and participating in medical surveillance program;
 Conducting positive and negative pressure check before each use;
 Inspecting respirators before and after each use;
 Cleaning, disinfecting and storing respirator for future use.
 Wearing approved respirators as required; and
 Notifying supervisors and EHS of changes in the workplace that could change exposures.

d. Vice President of Finance and Administration

 Providing financial resources to the EHS Department to adequately administer this plan
for the CSM campus; and
 Administering disciplinary action for affected employees who willfully disregard the
requirements of this plan.
3. Exposure Assessments

Potential exposures to hazardous materials and conditions at CSM are routinely evaluated
through regular workplace inspections and upon employee or supervisor request. EHS takes all
practical efforts to ensure that engineering or other controls are available and implemented to
eliminate the need for respiratory protection. Nevertheless, certain situations and operations
continue to require the use of respirators where exposures cannot be managed below the
applicable permissible exposure limit. In addition, respirators may be required or desired
because of the odor or irritation associated with chemical exposures, even though they may be
well below all applicable exposure limits.

In the absence of an OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL), commonly accepted guidelines
such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold
Limit Values (TLVs) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) will be referenced to evaluate potential airborne
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exposures from a particular operation or occupational environment. Airborne concentrations of
hazardous agents may be predicted on the basis of past experience, mathematical calculations,
published results for similar work, or actual air sampling. Where air sampling is needed,
measurements will be made with calibrated equipment operated by trained safety and health
personnel. These personnel may be members of the School’s EHS staff or contracted by EHS as
an independent Industrial Hygienist. Monitoring will be repeated when changes occur which
could render respiratory protective equipment inadequate, require more protective respiratory
protection, or changes in job tasks will require new employees to be included in this Program.
4. Respirator Selection

Respirators are selected on the basis of workplace hazard assessments, as well as guidance from
29 CFR1910.134, the American National Standard Practices for Respiratory Protection Z88.2-
1992, the NIOSH Technical Guide to Industrial Respiratory Protection, and the latest version of
the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. Final selection of any respiratory protective
device must be made in consultation with EHS staff members. Only respirators with a NIOSH
approval may be used.

Respirators are selected on the basis of the anticipated health hazard(s), considering the
following factors:

 Chemical, physical, or biological agent(s) present in the work environment;
 Physical state of contaminants (i.e., gas, vapor, dust, aerosol);
 OSHA PEL and immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) levels for the agent. In
the absence of a PEL, other suitable exposure guidelines (ACGIH TLV or NIOSH REL)
or known toxicity of the agent will be considered;
 Anticipated airborne concentration of agent(s) based upon either past experience,
mathematical predictions, published results from similar operations, or actual airborne
concentrations measured during air sampling activities. If the concentration cannot be
predicted or if the contaminant(s) are unknown, respiratory protection must be upgraded
to self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA);
 Assigned protection factor for the respirator type;
 Potential for skin absorption or severe eye irritation;
 Potential for oxygen deficiency: and,
 Nature and duration of the activity requiring respiratory protection.

Only respirators that can provide protection in excess of the anticipated airborne concentration
will be selected (i.e., the assigned protection factor times the permissible exposure limit must
exceed the anticipated airborne concentration). The NIOSH Guide to Respirator Selection and
the respirator/cartridge selection worksheet Contained in Appendix B of this Program shall be
used as a guideline for selecting the most appropriate respiratory protection.

At CSM, negative pressure air purifying respirators and powered air purifying respirators
(PAPRs) are typically sufficient for routine work operations requiring respiratory protection.
Cartridge selection is made in accordance with the filtration capabilities; the appropriate
cartridge or filter can be verified by EHS on a case by case basis. Cartridges for gases and
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vapors must either have an end-of-service-life indicator (ESLI), or must be changed in
accordance with the respirator cartridge change schedule described in Appendix C of this
Respiratory Protection Program. Positive pressure-demand SCBA is used for emergency
response, unknown or oxygen deficient atmospheres, when there is no appropriate filtering
cartridge available, or in other high hazard situations. A list of approved respirators and their
typical uses appears in Appendix D of this Program.
5. Restrictions

Respirators requiring a tight face seal for proper performance may not be worn if certain physical
or health conditions prevent obtaining a tight seal. These may include: eyeglasses (with tight
fitting full facepiece respirators); facial hair that interferes with the seal; punctured eardrum;
articles of clothing that affect fit; other physical, health, or prosthetic conditions that interrupt or
preclude an effective respirator fit.

Each of these conditions may be remedied as follows:

 Eyeglass Temple Pieces – Where a full-face negative pressure respirator must be worn, a
spectacle kit that fits the respirator must be provided to the employee free-of-charge. The
employee will then need to visit an optometrist during regular working hours to arrange
for the lens to be fabricated to the required prescription. Although the practice is strongly
discouraged, contact lenses may be worn provided the respirator is of full-face design.
 Facial Hair Impeding Effective Seal – Where an employee is required to wear a tight-
fitting negative-pressure respirator, and facial hair impedes an effective facial seal, the
hair must be removed before that respirator can be worn.
 Clothing – Clothing, jewelry, or other personal items worn that prevent making an
effective facial seal must be removed so that the respirator can be properly worn.
 Other Issues – Other issues (e.g., prosthetics, handicaps, facial malformations) that could
prevent the effective use of a respirator will be addressed on a case-by-case basis with the
employee and the EHS office.
6. Equipment Acceptance Criteria

Respiratory protection devices, including cartridges for air purifying respirators, must be
approved by NIOSH, and Grade D or better compressed air used in all supplied air respirator
systems. The CSM EHS office works with the City of Golden Fire Department to refill SCBA
bottles. A local dive shop may also be used to refill the SCBA bottles.
7. Fit Testing

Employees who are required to use a tight-fitting respirator facepiece for protection against
airborne contaminants must be fit tested prior to initial use of the respirator, whenever a different
respirator facepiece (size, style, model or make) is used, and at least annually thereafter. In
addition to the fit test, the employee should conduct a respirator seal check prior to each use.
User seal check procedures as mandated by OSHA are outlined in Appendix E of this Program.

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Qualitative fit-testing verifies an assigned protection factor of 10 for the disposable N95 and
N100 respirators. Qualitative fit-testing also verifies an assigned protection factor of 10 for ½
face respirators and an assigned protection factor of 50 for full face respirators. If a higher
assigned protection factor is needed for full face air purifying respirator, a quantitative fit-test
will be conducted. Qualitative fit-testing also verifies an assigned protection factor of 25 for
hood style powered air purifying respirators (PAPR).

Fit testing of tight-fitting atmosphere-supplying respirators and tight-fitting PAPR shall be
accomplished by performing qualitative fit testing in the negative pressure mode, regardless of
the mode of operation (negative or positive pressure) that is used for respiratory protection.

Qualitative fit testing of these respirators shall be accomplished by temporarily converting the
facepiece into a negative pressure respirator with appropriate filters, or by using an identical
negative pressure air-purifying respirator facepiece with the same sealing surfaces as a surrogate
for the atmosphere-supplying respirator or tight-fitting PAPR.

Hood style PAPRs do not require fit testing under OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134. CSM EHS can
conduct a fit check on the hood style PAPR if restrictions listed in Section 5 prohibit an
employee from safely wearing a tight fitting air purifying respirator.

Quantitative fit-testing is performed as needed using equipment provided by an independent firm
who specializes in quantitative fit testing. This fit testing is performed following the procedures
mandated by OSHA in 29CFR1910.134 and available in Appendix A of this Respiratory
Protection Program.

Fit testing is repeated annually and must also be repeated if the user’s health/physical
characteristics significantly change (e.g., surgery, accident, change or loss of dentures). The
issue of a new respirator requires a fit test prior to use.

Records of fit testing are maintained by EHS in both paper and electronic files. See Appendix F
of this Respiratory Protection Program for fit testing procedures and recordkeeping forms.

Qualitative fit testing is performed by EHS using irritant smoke, saccharin, bitrex, or isoamyl
acetate (“banana oil”).
8. Training

Employees and supervisors who are required to wear respirators during employment at CSM
receive initial training in the proper use, care, and limitations of the selected respirator; details of
this program; and on OSHA’s requirements under 29 CFR1910.134. At a minimum, the
following items are covered during the training session:

 The nature of the respiratory hazard (i.e., what specific chemical substances or
microbiological species are present; what areas, operations, or conditions involve
potentially hazardous exposures; and what effects may result, if respirators are not used).
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 An explanation of why engineering controls are not immediately possible and a
discussion of what efforts are being made to eliminate or minimize the need for
respirators.
 An explanation of why the respirator type selected is correct for the application and what
factors affect selection.
 A discussion and demonstration on how to use the respirator; i.e., how to inspect, put on
and remove, check the seals, etc.
 Instruction on the proper techniques and importance of cleaning, disinfection, inspection,
maintenance, and storage of the respirator.
 A discussion of the capabilities and limitations of respirators (i.e., in what environments
or under what circumstances (such as oxygen deficiency) the respirator does not offer
adequate protection) and any warning signs (odor, etc.) that may indicate the respirator is
not functioning properly.
 How to use the respirator effectively in emergency situations, including situations in
which the respirator malfunctions.
 How to recognize medical signs and symptoms that may limit or prevent the effective use
of respirators.
 The general requirements of OSHA’s respirator standard.

See Appendix G of this Program for an outline of the respirator training program.
9. Voluntary Use

Under some circumstances, employees may wish to use respiratory protection equipment for
their own comfort or sense of well being, even when there is no recognized hazard or
overexposure. Respirator use in these circumstances would be considered “voluntary” and many
elements of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard would not apply. For voluntary users,
annual respirator fit testing is not required. However, EHS recommends initial fit testing and
annual thereafter to help ensure proper fit. EHS also recommends completion of an initial
training class on respiratory protection.

Voluntary users of filtering facepiece respirators (N95, N100) commonly referred to as dust
masks are not required to participate in the medical surveillance program.

Voluntary users of all other respirators are required to complete the Medical Qualification
Questionnaire to ensure that the respirator itself is not a hazard to the employee. See Appendix
H of this Respiratory Protection Plan for the Medical Qualification Questionnaire.

Those employees who are not required to wear respirators but do so on a voluntary basis are
provided with the required information from Appendix D from 29 CRF1910.134, and are invited
to attend respiratory training. See Appendix I for a copy of the required information given to
voluntary respirator wearers.


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10. Equipment Inspection

Employees must inspect their respirator before and after each use, including face seals and shield
(full face units), cartridge receptacles, straps, and inhalation and exhalation diaphragms.
Components made of rubber, silicone, or another elastomer must be inspected for pliability and
any signs of deterioration. If any parts are damaged, the unit must be immediately taken out of
service and notification provided to EHS so that a suitable replacement or repair can be made.
Respirators for emergency use and all SCBAs must also be inspected on a monthly basis
(Appendix J). The most current inspection record is kept with the equipment. Blank inspection
forms for the SCBAs are available in the EHS office.
11. Equipment Use

When donning a respirator, hair must be pulled back and away from the seal area, and negative
and/or positive pressure seal checks conducted to evaluate the facial fit and unit integrity. If an
airtight seal cannot be made by adjusting the tightening straps, then the respirator must be
inspected for damage and either repaired or replaced.

When using a respirator, employees must immediately stop work and leave the area if they:

 Detect vapor or gas breakthrough, changes in breathing resistance, or leakage on the
facepiece,
 Develop any signs or symptoms of over-exposure,
 Are alerted to end-of-service life indicator or low air alarm (for SCBA),
 Need to wash their face and respirator facepiece as necessary to prevent eye or skin
irritation associated with respirator use, or
 Need to replace the respirator or the filter, cartridge, or canister elements.

In the event that a possible exposure many have occurred during respirator use, notify EHS and a
supervisor for assistance and possible medical follow-up. Remove the respirator from service
and inspect it for damage or other problems. If the cause cannot be identified and corrected,
contact EHS to investigate the exposure and evaluate work procedures to prevent potential
episodes in the future.
12. Additional Requirements for Use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
(SCBA)

To prevent tampering or inadvertent damage, SCBAs must be stored in clearly identified
emergency equipment areas (or bags) under the direct control of the users. Compressed air
cylinders must be kept fully charged and the equipment inspected on a monthly basis. The
inspection includes checking tank pressure, assuring that components are present and in working
condition, and evaluating proper function of regulators and warning devices.
In areas where a user could, upon respirator failure, be overcome by toxic materials or an
oxygen-deficient atmosphere, at least one partner and two additional support or back-up persons
must be present. Support personnel will be equipped with SCBAs and other emergency response
equipment of equal or greater protection than that worn by the initial entrants. Prior to initial
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entry into such a work area, EHS will conduct a pre-entry briefing to discuss the area, its
potential hazards, and the actions to be taken in the event of an accident or emergency.
Depending upon the work area, additional rescue equipment may be needed (e.g., safety harness
and retrieval lines). Confined space entry is prohibited unless the requirements for CSM’s
Confined Space Entry Program have been met.
13. Equipment Maintenance and Storage

Respirators should be cleaned with detergent and water after each use, and then air dried before
storing. See Appendix K for respirator cleaning procedures. Shared respirators must be
disinfected with either isopropanol or an elastomer-safe disinfectant such as benzalkonium
chloride pads. Store respirators in sealable plastic bags away from sources of potential
contamination, and never stack them under heavy items that could deform the elastomer
facepiece. Air purifying cartridges and canisters should be removed from the respirator after use
and discarded. However, when used for only a short duration against relatively low
concentrations of contaminants, cartridges may be sealed in an impermeable plastic bag and
reused at a later date. Always store the cartridge separate from the respirator facepiece.

Cartridges can be reused until an end-of-service life indicator activates, the time period indicated
in the cartridge change schedule has elapsed, breakthrough has occurred (i.e., odor detected), or
resistance to breathing is detected, whichever comes first. When storing cartridges for reuse, a
written record showing the date, contaminant(s), and duration of use must be written on the
cartridges. See respirator cartridge change schedule in Appendix C of this Program.

Discard N-95dust masks at the end of your shift, or after use.

Repairs to respirators may only be made by the manufacturer, authorized equipment service
contractor, or by CSM staff trained in such repair. No adjustments or modifications can be made
beyond the manufacturer's recommendations. SCBA air cylinders must be regularly tested and
maintained by a manufacturer-approved service contractor. Routine cylinder air refilling is
typically performed by the City of Golden Fire Department.

The entire respirator, including all parts, must be NIOSH or MSHA approved. The approval is
for the entire unit, and any mixing of brands (i.e. North cartridges on an MSA respirator, or
inhalation valves for a Survivair respirator on an AO respirator) voids the approval and is
prohibited.
14. Medical Surveillance

Employees who are required to wear respiratory protection must be medically evaluated by a
physician or licensed health-care professional (PLHCP). This evaluation is to determine the
user’s medical fitness to wear the type of respirator required under the anticipated job and
workplace conditions. The medical evaluation must be conducted prior to issuance of respiratory
protection.

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The medical surveillance services are available to affected employees, at reasonable times and
places during the employees normal work hours. Medical Surveillance is managed under the
supervision of a (PLHCP), and in accordance with recommendations made by OSHA. All costs
associated with medical evaluations related to the use of respiratory protection are paid by EHS.

EHS maintains the CSM Medical Surveillance Program. EHS maintains a contract with a
licensed occupational medicine physician, clinic, or PLHCP to perform medical evaluations to
support this Respiratory Protection Program.

Medical evaluations are provided for all employees who are required to wear a respirator at
CSM. Required use includes protection from airborne respiratory hazards where engineering
and or administrative controls cannot adequately protect employees.

Voluntary use, protection from nuisance dust and respirator use in non-hazardous environments
equipped with adequate engineering controls is not defined as required use. Voluntary use of
tight fitting respirators does require the user to complete the Medical Evaluation Questionnaire,
review of the questionnaire by a PLHCP and completion of a Pulmonary Function Test.

The requirements of this respiratory protection program are included in the Medical Surveillance
Program for employees who participate in cadmium research operations, are members of the
campus spill team, work with hazardous waste, or are part of the asbestos team. This is not an
additional requirement for these employees.

The following identifies the procedures for employees to participate in the medical surveillance
program for respirator use.

1. Contact EHS to conduct a hazard analysis and exposure assessment to determine the
need for respiratory protection.
2. Receive training covering respiratory protection and the elements of this Respiratory
Protection Program.
3. Obtain a completed PLHCP Respirator Information Form from EHS. See Appendix
L contained in this Respiratory Protection Program.
4. Complete a medical evaluation by scheduling an appointment with the PLHCP
contracted by EHS. The evaluation consists of the following:
 Review of the completed questionnaire contained in Appendix H of this
Respiratory Protection Program by the PLHCP.
 Completion of a Pulmonary Function Test administered by the PLHCP.
 Upon PLHCP discretion, complete a respirator physical.
5. Following the medical evaluation, the PLHCP shall provide a written opinion within
30 days of the evaluation to the employee with a copy to EHS containing the
following information:
 Whether the PLHCP considers the individual medically able to wear
respiratory protection under the conditions described;
 Any limitations on respirator use related to the medical condition of individual,
including a medical recommendation for the individual to use a PAPR instead
of an APR; and
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 The need, if any, for a follow-up evaluation that typically includes a respirator
physical.
6. Additional medical evaluations are required when:
 Individual reports medical signs or symptoms related to the ability to use a
respirator.
 The PLHCP recommends an employee for re-evaluation.
 Information obtained during program evaluation or fit testing indicates a need
for re-evaluation.
 There are changes in workplace conditions (physical work effort, PPE, and
temperature) that may result in substantial increase in physiological burden
placed on employees.
7. The employee is responsible for scheduling and attending the medical examination
with the PLHCP.
8. All examinations and questionnaires will remain confidential between the employee
and the PLHCP. EHS will only retain the PLHCP written recommendations
regarding each employee’s ability to wear a respirator.

Confidential post-exposure medical evaluation and follow-up is made after documented or
suspected over-exposures. Employees must notify their supervisors of such incidents and assist
EHS in documenting all relevant conditions of the incident. This information will then be
provided to the PLHCO to arrange for any required medical follow-up.

A written opinion from the healthcare professional will be obtained by EHS after the initial
medical qualification examination as well as after any over-exposure incidents. Copies of this
information will be provided to the affected employee.
15. Respirator Program Evaluation

Workplace evaluations will be conducted during normal area walkthroughs and during respirator
training classes. The Respirator Program Administrator will continually evaluate the work areas
to ensure that this program is being properly implemented and that it continues to be effective.
Affected employees shall be regularly consulted about the effectiveness of the respirator program
during walkthroughs and during annual respirator training.

This Respiratory Protection Program shall be updated as needed.
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List of Appendices:

A. OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.134)
B. NIOSH Respirator Selection Decision Tree and Worksheet
C. Respirator Cartridge Change Schedule
D. Approved Respirator List and Typical Uses
E. User Seal Check
F. Respirator Fit Testing Exercises and Record Sheet
G. Respirator Training Program Outline
H. OSHA Medical Qualification Questionnaire
I. Voluntary Use of Dust Masks - Required Information
J. SCBA Inspection Record Sheet
K. Respirator Cleaning Procedures
L. PLHCP Respirator Information Form

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Appendix A
OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard
(29 CFR Part 1910.134)

http://www.osha.gov/

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=12716&p_table
=standards



Appendix B
NIOSH GUIDE TO RESPIRATOR SELECTION
DECISION TREE

Hazard




Oxygen
Toxic Contaminant
Fire Fighting
Deficiency


S CBA (PP)
IDLH
Not IDLH
SCBA (PP)




Air-line (PP)
SCBA (PP)

with auxiliary

SCBA


Particulates
Gases/Vapors
Gases and Vapors

and Particulates


Combination
Air-line
Combination
Air-line

Air-line/Air
Respirator
Air-line/Air
Respirator

Purifying
Purifying

Respirator
Respirator



Air-Purifying
Air-Purifying
Air-Purifying

Respirator
Respirator
Respirator

Cartridge or
PAPR*
Cartridge or
PAPR*
Cartridge or

cani
ster with
canister with
canister with
Part iculate
Particulate
Particulate

Filter*
Filter*
Filter*



*See Appendix C – RESPIRATOR AND CARTRIDGE SELECTION GUIDE
SCBA – Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. IDLH – Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health.
PP – Positive Pressure. Includes pressure demand units, does not include demand units.
PAPR – Powered Air-Purifying Respirator.





RESPIRATOR SELECTION WORKSHEET

Job Title/Employee(s) Affected:

Operation/Environment:

Airborne Contaminant(s):

Source of Contaminant(s):

Other Hazard(s) Present:

Control(s):

Anticipated Airborne Contaminant Level (AACL):

Basis: Exposure Monitoring

Calculations: (attach or show on reverse)

Other:

Acceptable Respirator Option(s):

Respirator
Required Conditions of Use
PEL
APF
PEL x
Type

APF

O2
AACL Emergency,



deficiency
> IDLH unknown, or
(<19.5%
non-
O2)
quantifiable
AACL
SCBA






PAPR






Full Face APR






Half Face APR






Disposable






Nuisance
Dust Mask
Other






Is PEL x APF > AACL? If Yes, respirator meets basic selection criteria


RESPIRATOR AND CARTRIDGE SELECTION GUIDE

Air Purifying Respirators Canister Color Codes

Atmospheric contaminants to be protected against
Color Assignment
Acid gases (Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide,
White
Hydrogen Fluoride, Chlorine Dioxide) and Formaldehyde Cartridge
Organic vapors – Chemicals with poor warning properties where
Black
the odor threshold exceeds the PEL, select SCBA
Ammonia and Methylamine Cartridge
Green
Acid gases & organic vapors - Chemicals with poor warning
Yellow
properties where the odor threshold exceeds the PEL, select SCBA
Particulates
Purple (magenta)
Radioactive materials, excepting tritium & noble gases
Purple (magenta)
Mercury Vapor and Chlorine Cartridge with End-of-Service-Life-
Olive
Indicator (ESLI) for Mercury Vapor
Multi-Purpose Cartridge - Organic Vapor, Ammonia,
Olive
Methylamine,
Formaldehyde and Acid Gas (Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur
Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulfide [escape], Hydrogen Fluoride, Chlorine
Dioxide)

Choosing the correct respiratory protection equipment involves several steps:
a) Determination of the hazard;
b) Choosing equipment that is certified for the hazard; and
c) Assuring the device is performing as it is intended.

Proper selection of respirators must be made according to the OSHA requirements set forth in
29 CFR 1910.134 (d). All respiratory protective devices must be certified by NIOSH for the
contaminant or situation to which employees may be exposed. The respirator shall be used in
compliance with the conditions of the NIOSH certification. In addition, there are substance-
specific OSHA standards that require additional criteria for respirator selection (for example,
29 CFR 1910.1001 (g) Asbestos). All such requirements of each applicable OSHA standard
must be observed.

Chemical and physical properties of the contaminant, as well as the toxicity and concentration
of the hazardous material and the amount of oxygen present must be considered in selecting
the proper respirator. The nature and extent of the hazard, the work rate, the area to be
covered, mobility, length of exposure time, work requirements and conditions, as well as the
limitations and characteristics of available respirators, also are selection factors that must be
considered.


Appendix C
RESPIRATOR CARTRIDGE CHANGE SCHEDULE

A change schedule is the part of the written respirator program which says how often
cartridges should be replaced and what information was relied upon to make this judgment. A
cartridge's useful service life is how long it provides adequate protection from harmful
chemicals in the air. The service life of a cartridge depends upon many factors, including
environmental conditions, breathing rate, cartridge filtering capacity, and the amount of
contaminants in the air. It is suggested that employers apply a safety factor to the service life
estimate to assure that the change schedule is a conservative estimate.

The following change schedule is determined based on OSHA standards, manufacturer’s
recommendations, and the ACGIH “rule of thumb”.

CONTAMINANT NAME
CHANGE SCHEDULE
Acrylonitrile
End of shift.
Ammonia
Maximum 8 hours total (up to 125 ppm)
Benzene
Discard after use.
Butadiene
every 1, 2, 3, or 4 hours based on the following:
Concentration
Replacement Schedule
<=5 ppm
Every 4 hours
<=10 ppm
Every 3 hours
<=25 ppm
Every 2 hours
<=50 ppm
Every 1 hour

Discard after use.
Formaldehyde
Following 3 hours of use or at the completion of work
activities, whichever occurs first.

HCl, SO2, Chlorine
One shift only

Methylene Chloride
No approved respirator cartridges - must use supplied
air

Nitric Acid
No approved respirator cartridges - must use supplied
air

Organic Vapors
8 hours use total (up to 200 ppm)
Vinyl chloride
Single use only

All North Safety Products, Inc., respirator cartridges for organic vapors and acid gases not
listed above should be changed out using the North Safety Products, Inc. Cartridge Service
Life Estimation web page available at:


http://www.northsafety.com/TriggerWorkflow.aspx?WorkflowModuleGUID=a3c3bf34-
f500-45aa-a73f-13a246669a21&Alias=NSUS&SB_ContentItemGuid=e985936e-23c2-
4a6a-ba14-8dc17277a43f&ReuseToken=True&CDTID=1e233702-0176-4244-8ff3-
376802314de1

Please contact EHS for assistance using this cartridge Service Life Estimation web page.

Please contact EHS to calculate the end of service life for other manufacturer’s respirator
cartridges.

HEPA filters should be changed out if any of the following conditions occur.
 Restricted breathing:
 Visibly dirty;
 Wet
 Potentially compromised.

Filtering dust masks should be discarded following use or earlier if visibly dirty,
contaminated, or of the mask restricts breathing.




Appendix D
APPROVED RESPIRATOR LIST AND TYPICAL USES

Type
Style
Intended Use(s)1
Respirator Description
Air
Self-contained Emergency conditions with
Positive pressure-demand
Supplying
breathing
unknowns, high concentrations
self contained

apparatus
of toxic materials, potential
breathing apparatus with
(SCBA)
oxygen deficient environments,
minimum 30 min. air
back-up rescue/assistance teams. supply cylinder,
Normal operations when
low air alarm
respiratory protection is
required/desired and no
approved air purifying
cartridge/filter is available.
Air

Nuisance particulates where
Disposable nuisance
Purifying
concentration is anticipated to be dust/particulate
below any applicable action
Mask. NIOSH approved
limits
(N,R,P) 95, 99, and
100, filtering facepieces.
Air
½ Face,
Potential exposure to infectious
NIOSH approved (N,R,P)
Purifying
disposable
aerosols in clinical/healthcare
95, 99, and 100, filtering
(2-strap,
settings
facepieces
NIOSH

approved)
Air
½ Mask,
Asbestos, other toxic
NIOSH/MSHA approved,
Purifying
Reusable
dusts/aerosols/mists/fumes,
form-fitting polymer face
organic
piece with
vapors, acid gases/mists, etc.
appropriate filters and/or
cartridges
Air-
Full-Face
Asbestos, other toxic
NIOSH/MSHA approved,
Purifying
Reusable
dusts/aerosols/mists/fumes,
form-fitting polymer
organic vapors, formaldehyde,
facepiece mask with
acid gases/mists, etc.,
appropriate filters and/or
lachrymators.
cartridges or large
capacity single canister.
Air
Powered Air
Asbestos, other toxic
NIOSH approved, positive
Purifying
Purifying
dusts/aerosols/mists/fumes,
pressure with fully
Respirators
organic vapors, formaldehyde,
charged battery and
(PAPR)
acid gases/mists, etc.,
minimum flow of 6 cubic
feet per minute with filters
or cartridges.




Appendix E
RESPIRATOR USER SEAL CHECK

Persons using tight-fitting respirators must perform a user seal check to ensure an adequate
seal is achieved each time the respirator is used. Both the positive and negative pressure
checks listed in this Appendix or the respirator manufacturer’s recommended user seal check
method must be used. User seal checks are not substitutes for qualitative or quantitative fit
tests.

I. Facepiece Positive and/or Negative Pressure Checks

A. Positive pressure check

Close off the exhalation valve and exhale gently into the facepiece. The fit is considered
satisfactory if a slight positive pressure can be built up inside the facepiece without any
evidence of outward leakage of air through the seal. For some respirator brands, this method
of leak testing requires the wearer to remove the exhalation valve cover before closing off the
exhalation valve. Carefully replace the valve after the test.

B. Negative pressure check

Close off the inlet opening of the canister or cartridge by covering with the palm of the hands
or by replacing the filter seal(s). Inhale gently so that the facepiece collapses slightly and
hold the breath for ten seconds. The design of the inlet opening of some cartridges cannot be
effectively covered with the palm of the hand. The test can be performed by covering the
inlet opening of the cartridge with a thin latex or nitrile glove. If the facepiece remains in its
slightly collapsed condition and no inward leakage of air is detected, the respirator to face
seal is considered satisfactory.

II. Manufacturer's Recommended User Seal Check Procedures

The respirator manufacturer's recommended procedures for performing a user seal check may
be used instead of the positive and/or negative pressure check procedures provided that the
employer demonstrates that the manufacturer's procedures are equally effective.


Appendix F
Qualitative Respirator Fit Test and Recordkeeping Procedures

The fit test shall be performed in the following manner using a fit test challenge agent such as
isoamyl acetate, saccharin, or bitrex.

1. Normal Breathing – In a standing position, without talking or moving the head, the fit test
subject shall breathe normally.

2. Deep Breathing – In a standing position and without moving the head, the fit test subject
shall breathe slowly and deeply.

3. Move Head – Standing in place, the fit test subject shall turn his/her head from side to side.
The test subject shall be instructed to hold several positions and breathe deeply. Afterwards,
the test subject shall be instructed to move his/her head slowly upwards towards the ceiling
and downwards towards the floor. The fit test subject shall be instructed to hold several
positions and breathe deeply. Afterwards, the test subject shall be instructed to move his/her
head in a circular motion. The fit test subject shall be instructed to hold several positions and
breathe deeply.

4. Talking – In a standing position, the fit test subject shall talk out loud and engage in
conversation with the fit test supervisor. The fit test subject may also recite The Rainbow
Passage.

The Rainbow Passage - When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act as a prism and
form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These
take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently
beyond the horizon. There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People
look, but no one ever finds it. When a man looks for something beyond his reach, his friends
say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

5. Leaning – In a standing position, the fit test subject shall bend at the waist in order to touch
his/her toes. If a fit test booth is used, an easy jog in place may substitute the leaning
exercise.

6. Normal Breathing – In a standing position, without talking or moving the head, the fit test
subject shall breathe normally.

7. Test Agent Sensitivity – At the completion of a successful fit test, the fit test subject must
remove the respirator and confirm if he/she can smell or taste the fit test challenge agent. If
the fit test subject cannot smell or taste the fit test agent, the fit test is not valid and must be
repeated using a different test agent.



The test subject shall be questioned by the test conductor regarding the comfort of the
respirator upon completion of the protocol. If it has become unacceptable, another model of
respirator shall be tried. The respirator shall not be adjusted once the fit test exercises begin.
Any adjustment voids the test, and the fit test must be repeated. If the wearer smells the fit test
challenge agent, or experiences irritation, the fit is not valid and another size or style mask
must be obtained, or the unit adjusted until a successful fit test is achieved.


Colorado School of Mines
Qualitative Respirator Fit Test Record




RES.


TEST
SENSI-
PRESS.
ADMIN.
PASS/
WORK
CWID
NAME
DATE
MFG.
TYPE
SIZE
AGENT
TIVITY
TEST
BY
FAIL
ACTIVITY


















































































































































































































Appendix G
Respirator Training Outline

Respirator Training Program Outline

1. Introduction

2. Engineering Controls versus PPE

3. Routes of Exposure

4. OSHA’s Respirator Standard 29 CFR 1910.134

5. Supplied Air Respirators (SARs) versus Air Purifying Respirators (APRs)

6. Air Purifying Respirators – Use, Limitations, Cartridge/filter Selection, Protection Factors

7. Cartridge/filter selection

8. Cartridge change out schedule: Appendix C of Respirator Program

9. Maintenance and Cleaning

10. Inspection of Respirator

11. Storage

12. Medical Surveillance

13. Seal checks

14. Fit-testing conducted


Appendix H
OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire
Colorado School of Mines – Environmental Health and Safety Department
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 80401
303-273-3316
Answers to questions in Section 1, and to question 9 in Section 2 of Part A, do not require a
medical examination.

To the Employee:

Can you read (circle one): Yes/No

You must be allowed to answer this questionnaire during normal working hours, or at a time and
place that is convenient to you. To maintain your confidentiality, your employer or supervisor
must not look at or review your answers, and your employer must tell you how to deliver or send
this questionnaire to the health care professional who will review it.

Part A.
Section 1. (Mandatory) The following information must be provided by every employee
who has been selected to use any type of respirator (please print).

1. Today's date:_________________________________________________________

2. Your name:__________________________________________________________

Mailing Address:_______________________________________________________

3. Your age (to nearest year):_________________________________________

4. Sex (circle one): Male/Female

5. Your height: __________ ft. __________ in.

6. Your weight: ____________ lbs.

7. Your job title:_____________________________________________________

8. A phone number where you can be reached by the health care professional who reviews this
questionnaire (include the Area Code): ________________________



9. The best time to phone you at this number: ___________________

10. Has your employer told you how to contact the health care professional who will review this
questionnaire (circle one): Yes/No

11. Check the type of respirator you will use (you can check more than one category):
a. ______ N, R, or P disposable respirator (filter-mask, non-cartridge type only).
b. ______ Other type (for example, half- or full-facepiece type, powered-air purifying, supplied-
air, self-contained breathing apparatus).

12. Have you worn a respirator (circle one): Yes/No

If "yes," what
type(s):_________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

Part A.
Section 2. (Mandatory) Questions 1 through 9 below must be answered by every employee
who has been selected to use any type of respirator (please circle "yes" or "no").

1. Do you currently smoke tobacco, or have you smoked tobacco in the last month: Yes/No

2. Have you ever had any of the following conditions?

a. Seizures: Yes/No

b. Diabetes (sugar disease): Yes/No

c. Allergic reactions that interfere with your breathing: Yes/No

d. Claustrophobia (fear of closed-in places): Yes/No

e. Trouble smelling odors: Yes/No

3. Have you ever had any of the following pulmonary or lung problems?

a. Asbestosis: Yes/No

b. Asthma: Yes/No

c. Chronic bronchitis: Yes/No

d. Emphysema: Yes/No

e. Pneumonia: Yes/No



f. Tuberculosis: Yes/No

g. Silicosis: Yes/No

h. Pneumothorax (collapsed lung): Yes/No

i. Lung cancer: Yes/No

j. Broken ribs: Yes/No

k. Any chest injuries or surgeries: Yes/No

l. Any other lung problem that you've been told about: Yes/No

4. Do you currently have any of the following symptoms of pulmonary or lung illness?

a. Shortness of breath: Yes/No

b. Shortness of breath when walking fast on level ground or walking up a slight hill or incline:
Yes/No

c. Shortness of breath when walking with other people at an ordinary pace on level ground:
Yes/No

d. Have to stop for breath when walking at your own pace on level ground: Yes/No

e. Shortness of breath when washing or dressing yourself: Yes/No

f. Shortness of breath that interferes with your job: Yes/No

g. Coughing that produces phlegm (thick sputum): Yes/No

h. Coughing that wakes you early in the morning: Yes/No

i. Coughing that occurs mostly when you are lying down: Yes/No

j. Coughing up blood in the last month: Yes/No

k. Wheezing: Yes/No

l. Wheezing that interferes with your job: Yes/No

m. Chest pain when you breathe deeply: Yes/No

n. Any other symptoms that you think may be related to lung problems: Yes/No



5. Have you ever had any of the following cardiovascular or heart problems?

a. Heart attack: Yes/No

b. Stroke: Yes/No

c. Angina: Yes/No

d. Heart failure: Yes/No

e. Swelling in your legs or feet (not caused by walking): Yes/No

f. Heart arrhythmia (heart beating irregularly): Yes/No

g. High blood pressure: Yes/No

h. Any other heart problem that you've been told about: Yes/No

6. Have you ever had any of the following cardiovascular or heart symptoms?

a. Frequent pain or tightness in your chest: Yes/No

b. Pain or tightness in your chest during physical activity: Yes/No

c. Pain or tightness in your chest that interferes with your job: Yes/No

d. In the past two years, have you noticed your heart skipping or missing a beat: Yes/No

e. Heartburn or indigestion that is not related to eating: Yes/No

d. Any other symptoms that you think may be related to heart or circulation problems: Yes/No

7. Do you currently take medication for any of the following problems?

a. Breathing or lung problems: Yes/No

b. Heart trouble: Yes/No

c. Blood pressure: Yes/No

d. Seizures (fits): Yes/No

8. If you've used a respirator, have you ever had any of the following problems? (If you've
never used a respirator, check the following and go to question 9:)

a. Eye irritation: Yes/No



b. Skin allergies or rashes: Yes/No

c. Anxiety: Yes/No

d. General weakness or fatigue: Yes/No

e. Any other problem that interferes with your use of a respirator: Yes/No

9. Would you like to talk to the health care professional who will review this questionnaire
about your answers to this questionnaire: Yes/No

Questions 10 to 15 below must be answered by every employee who has been selected to use
either a full-facepiece respirator or a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). For
employees who have been selected to use other types of respirators, answering these
questions is voluntary.

10. Have you ever lost vision in either eye (temporarily or permanently): Yes/No

11. Do you currently have any of the following vision problems?

a. Wear contact lenses: Yes/No

b. Wear glasses: Yes/No

c. Color blind: Yes/No

d. Any other eye or vision problem: Yes/No

12. Have you ever had an injury to your ears, including a broken ear drum: Yes/No

13. Do you currently have any of the following hearing problems?

a. Difficulty hearing: Yes/No

b. Wear a hearing aid: Yes/No

c. Any other hearing or ear problem: Yes/No

14. Have you ever had a back injury: Yes/No

15. Do you currently have any of the following musculoskeletal problems?

a. Weakness in any of your arms, hands, legs, or feet: Yes/No

b. Back pain: Yes/No



c. Difficulty fully moving your arms and legs: Yes/No

d. Pain or stiffness when you lean forward or backward at the waist: Yes/No

e. Difficulty fully moving your head up or down: Yes/No

f. Difficulty fully moving your head side to side: Yes/No

g. Difficulty bending at your knees: Yes/No

h. Difficulty squatting to the ground: Yes/No

i. Climbing a flight of stairs or a ladder carrying more than 25 lbs: Yes/No

j. Any other muscle or skeletal problem that interferes with using a respirator: Yes/No

Part B
Any of the following questions, and other questions not listed, may be added to the questionnaire
at the discretion of the health care professional who will review the questionnaire.

1. In your present job, are you working at high altitudes (over 5,000 feet) or in a place that
has lower than normal amounts of oxygen: Yes/No

If "yes," do you have feelings of dizziness, shortness of breath, pounding in your chest, or other
symptoms when you're working under these conditions: Yes/No

2. At work or at home, have you ever been exposed to hazardous solvents, hazardous
airborne chemicals: (e.g., gases, fumes, or dust), or have you come into skin contact with
hazardous chemicals: Yes/No

If "yes," name the chemicals if you know them:_________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

3. Have you ever worked with any of the materials, or under any of the conditions, listed
below:

a. Asbestos: Yes/No
b. Silica (e.g., in sandblasting): Yes/No

c. Tungsten/cobalt (e.g., grinding or welding this material): Yes/No
d. Beryllium: Yes/No

e. Aluminum: Yes/No



f. Coal (for example, mining): Yes/No

g. Iron: Yes/No

h. Tin: Yes/No

i. Dusty environments: Yes/No

j. Any other hazardous exposures: Yes/No

If "yes," describe these exposures:____________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

4. List any second jobs or side businesses you have:___________________
_______________________________________________________________________

5. List your previous occupations:_____________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

6. List your current and previous hobbies:________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

7. Have you been in the military services? Yes/No

If "yes," were you exposed to biological or chemical agents (either in training or combat):
Yes/No

8. Have you ever worked on a HAZMAT team? Yes/No

9. Other than medications for breathing and lung problems, heart trouble, blood pressure,
and seizures mentioned earlier in this questionnaire, are you taking any other medications
for any reason (including over-the-counter medications): Yes/No

If "yes," name the medications if you know them:_______________________

10. Will you be using any of the following items with your respirator(s)?

a. HEPA Filters: Yes/No

b. Canisters (for example, gas masks): Yes/No

c. Cartridges: Yes/No

11. How often are you expected to use the respirator(s) (circle "yes" or "no" for all
answers that apply to you)?



a. Escape only (no rescue): Yes/No

b. Emergency rescue only: Yes/No
c. Less than 5 hours per week: Yes/No

d. Less than 2 hours per day: Yes/No

e. 2 to 4 hours per day: Yes/No

f. Over 4 hours per day: Yes/No

12. During the period you are using the respirator(s), is your work effort:

a. Light (less than 200 kcal per hour): Yes/No

If "yes," how long does this period last during the average
shift:____________hrs.____________mins.

Examples of a light work effort are sitting while writing, typing, drafting, or performing light
assembly work; or standing while operating a drill press (1-3 lbs.) or controlling machines.

b. Moderate (200 to 350 kcal per hour): Yes/No

If "yes," how long does this period last during the average
shift:____________hrs.____________mins.

Examples of moderate work effort are sitting while nailing or filing; driving a truck or bus in
urban traffic; standing while drilling, nailing, performing assembly work, or transferring a
moderate load (about 35 lbs.) at trunk level; walking on a level surface about 2 mph or down a 5-
degree grade about 3 mph; or pushing a wheelbarrow with a heavy load (about 100 lbs.) on a
level surface.
c. Heavy (above 350 kcal per hour): Yes/No

If "yes," how long does this period last during the average
shift:____________hrs.____________mins.

Examples of heavy work are lifting a heavy load (about 50 lbs.) from the floor to your waist or
shoulder; working on a loading dock; shoveling; standing while bricklaying or chipping castings;
walking up an 8-degree grade about 2 mph; climbing stairs with a heavy load (about 50 lbs.).

13. Will you be wearing protective clothing and/or equipment (other than the respirator)
when you're using your respirator: Yes/No

If "yes," describe this protective clothing and/or equipment:__________
_______________________________________________________________________



14. Will you be working under hot conditions (temperature exceeding 77 deg. F): Yes/No

15. Will you be working under humid conditions: Yes/No
16. Describe the work you'll be doing while you're using your respirator(s):
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

17. Describe any special or hazardous conditions you might encounter when you're using
your respirator(s) (for example, confined spaces, life-threatening gases):
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

18. Provide the following information, if you know it, for each toxic substance that you'll be
exposed to when you're using your respirator(s):

Name of the first toxic substance:___________________________________________
Estimated maximum exposure level per shift:__________________________________
Duration of exposure per shift:______________________________________________
Name of the second toxic substance:__________________________________________
Estimated maximum exposure level per shift:__________________________________
Duration of exposure per shift:______________________________________________
Name of the third toxic substance:___________________________________________
Estimated maximum exposure level per shift:__________________________________
Duration of exposure per shift:______________________________________________
The name of any other toxic substances that you'll be exposed to while using your respirator:
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________

19. Describe any special responsibilities you'll have while using your respirator(s) that may
affect the safety and well-being of others (for example, rescue, security):
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________


Appendix I
VOLUNTARY USE OF DUST MASKS – REQUIRED INFORMATION

ALL VOLUNTARY USERS OF RESPIRATORS
(INCLUDING DUST MASKS)

Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard
(Appendix D to Sec. 1910.134)

Respirators are an effective method of protection against designated hazards when properly
selected and worn. Respirator use is encouraged, even when exposures are below the exposure
limit, to provide an additional level of comfort and protection for workers. However, if a
respirator is used improperly or not kept clean, the respirator itself can become a hazard.
Sometimes, workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures to hazards, even if the amount of
hazardous substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA standards. If CSM provides
respirators for your voluntary use, or if you provide your own respirator, you need to take certain
precautions to be sure that the respirator itself does not present a hazard.

You should:

1. Read and heed all instructions provided by the manufacturer on use, maintenance, cleaning
and care, and warnings regarding the respirator’s limitations.
2. Choose respirators certified by NIOSH for use to protect against the contaminant of concern.
A label or statement of certification should appear on the respirator or respirator packaging. It
will tell you what the respirator is designed for and how much it will protect you.
3. Do not wear your respirator into atmospheres containing contaminants for which your
respirator is not designed. For example, a respirator designed to filter dust particles will not
protect you against gases, vapors, or very small solid particles of fumes or smoke.
4. Keep track of your respirator so that you do not mistakenly use someone else's respirator.
Keep it in a clean place, and discard or clean it when it becomes visibly dirty or you suspect it
might be contaminated.

This information is provided to all voluntary users of respirators including N95 andP100 dust
masks.


Appendix J
SCBA MONTHLY INSPECTION RECORD
Scott SCBA Tank Serial Number:________________________________
Scott Regulator Serial Number: _________________________________
Scott Pressure Reducer Serial Number:___________________________

Inspection Date












Inspector Initials












FACEPIECE ASSEMBLY – Inspect for damage, cracks, wear, and missing parts. Ensure facepiece was disinfected.
Head Harness, Nose Cup, Lens











Exhalation Valve
Supply Air Hose,












Regulator/Facepiece Connection
HARNESS/BACKPACK ASSEMBLY – Inspect for worn or frayed straps, broken buckles, and damage to the frame.
Harness Straps and Buckles












Backpack Frame












CHECK REGULATOR AND ALARM – Open valve, ensure alarm sounds, and ensure the cylinder is more than ¾ full.
Low-Pressure Alarm












Cylinder Pressure












Purge Valve Closed












(Full Counterclockwise)
Regulator Facepiece is Clean












and Protected During Storage
CYLINDER INSPECTION – Hand tighten pressure reducer coupling to cylinder. Make sure cylinder valve is closed.
Pressure Reducer Coupling is












Hand Tightened to the Cylinder
Close Cylinder Valve for Storage











(Full Counterclockwise)
THE CYLINDER REQUIRES A HYDROSTATIC RETEST WITHIN 5 YEARS OF THE DATE STAMPED ON THE CYLINDER.
THE CYLINDER IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR USE AFTER 15 YEARS OF THE DATE OF MANUFACTURER.


Appendix K
PROCEDURES FOR CLEANING RESPIRATORS

A. Remove filters, cartridges, or canisters. Disassemble facepiece by removing speaking
diaphragms, demand and pressure- demand valve assemblies, hoses, or any components
recommended by the manufacturer. Discard or repair any defective parts.

B. Wash components in warm (43 °C [110 °F] maximum) water with a mild detergent or with a
cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. A stiff bristle (not wire) brush may be used to
facilitate the removal of dirt.

C. Rinse components thoroughly in clean, warm, preferably running water. Drain.

D. Disinfection Techniques

1. When the cleaner used does not contain a disinfecting agent, respirator components should be
immersed for two minutes in one of the following:
a. Hypochlorite solution (50 ppm of chlorine) made by adding approximately one
milliliter of laundry bleach to one liter of warm water; or,
b. Aqueous solution of iodine (50 ppm iodine) made by adding approximately 0.8
milliliters of tincture of iodine (6-8 grams ammonium and/or potassium
iodide/100 cc of 45% alcohol) to one liter of warm water; or,
c. Other commercially available cleansers of equivalent disinfectant quality when used as
directed, if their use is recommended or approved by the respirator manufacturer.

2. Rinse components thoroughly in clean, warm, preferably running water. Drain. The
importance of thorough rinsing cannot be overemphasized. Detergents or disinfectants that dry
on facepiece may result in dermatitis. In addition, some disinfectants may cause deterioration of
rubber or corrosion of metal parts if not completely removed.

E. Components should be hand-dried with a clean lint-free cloth or air-dried.

F. Reassemble facepiece, replacing filters, cartridges, and canisters where necessary.

G. Test the respirator to ensure that all components work properly prior to using.


Appendix L
PLHCP Respirator Information Form

Employee Name:_______________________________________________________________
Employee Address:_____________________________________________________________
Employee Phone Number:________________________________________________________
Employee’s Department: ________________________________________________________
Respirator Type: _____________________________________________________________
Respirator Weight: ______________________
Duration and frequency of use: __________________________________________________
Expected physical work effort (heavy/moderate/light): _______________________________
Additional protective clothing and equipment to be worn:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
Temperature and humidity extremes anticipated? __________________________________

Attached (if not checked, it is assumed the PLHCP has the document):
□ A copy of this Respiratory Protection Program
□ 29 CFR 1910.134
□ Other ________________________________________________________________

This form must be signed by an Environmental Health and Safety Department Representative.
The Representatives signature certifies the following:

EHS has conducted a hazard/exposure assessment and determined a respirator should be
issued to the employee.

Engineering controls are not feasible to control occupational exposures.

The employee has received training covering respiratory protection and the elements of
this Respiratory Protection Program.



______________________________________


___________
Signature EHS Department Representative


Date


_______________________________________
EHS Department Representative Printed Name