Before you can create an effective respiratory protection program, you need to identify the potential airborne hazards your workers face.

Determining the airborne hazards that exist in your workplace will help you select the most appropriate respiratory protection for your workers. Be sure to measure the concentrations of airborne contaminants to determine if a respiratory hazard is present, and in what amount. Once you’ve determined the amount and type of hazard in the air, it’s time to select your respiratory protection.

How to choose the right respiratory protection:

  • select the appropriate filter or cartridge for the contaminant(s) present
  • select the respirator type appropriate for the given hazard
  • match the respirator to the worker
  • choose respirators that are comfortable to wear
  • match the respirator to the job conditions
  • select NIOSH approved respirators and replacement parts
  • select respirators that can easily be maintained and repaired

Respiratory protection in confined spaces:

Confined spaces are often toxic, flammable, or oxygen-deficient environments. The proper selection, use and maintenance of the appropriate respiratory equipment is absolutely critical to both the entrant’s and the rescuer’s safety.

The most widely used respirators in confined spaces are:

  • self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • airline supplied respirator with escape bottle (SAR), and
  • a combination airline/SCBA.

Of course, each type of respirator comes with advantages and disadvantages. We’ll help you determine exactly which respirator you need to ensure the safety of everyone working inside a confined space – or rescuing the persons inside it.

Looking for more help?

Levitt-Safety is a national provider of respiratory protection. If you need assistance choosing appropriate respiratory protection or creating a respiratory safety program, we’re here to help. Fill out the form on this page and a member of our staff will contact you!

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