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
If you need assistance selecting appropriate respiratory protection or creating a respiratory safety program, contact us today.