Do you know that?
In today’s world we encounter more airborne contaminants than ever before. Over 66,000 suffer severe exposure to airborne contaminants each year, which can lead to blindness, lung damage, cancer, asbestosis, and other serious illnesses. An estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. According to 29 CFR 1910.134, employers must create and maintain an individualized, written respiratory program if their employees use respirators. Also, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) must approve all respirators.
What is a respiratory protection program?
A respiratory protection program is a written program required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134). The program includes procedures specific to your worksite intended to prevent you from inhaling harmful contaminants in your workplace. OSHA requires that each employer must provide respirators to protect workers from workplace hazards during work to prevent inhalation of hazardous materials that cannot be controlled by other measures (i.e. engineering or administrative controls). The employer must establish and maintain a respiratory protection program, which is compliant with the OSHA respiratory protection standard and provides respirators suitable for their intended purpose.
The fundamental goal of any respiratory protection program is to protect workers against any adverse health effect caused by inhalation of contaminants in the work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) requires that each respiratory protection program must include a written plan detailing how the program will be administered. In addition to having a written program, the employer must also be able to demonstrate that the program is enforced and updated as necessary.
PCS Consultants, Inc. Respiratory Protection Program ensures that all employees are properly protected from respiratory hazards. Our training is comprehensive, understandable, and recur annually and more often if necessary. We evaluate workplace contaminants before beginning a respiratory program. Air contaminants can include harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smoke, sprays and vapors. We have an industrial hygienist to evaluate work-area exposure levels. Through this training program, participants will:
- be able to demonstrate why a respirator is necessary, consequences of improper fit, usage and maintenance
- be aware of limitations and capabilities of the respirator
- know how to use it in emergency situations or upon failure of the respirator
- know how to inspect, maintain and store the respirator
- be aware of medical signs or symptoms that would limit or prevent the use of the respirator
- and many more..
Protect your workers against any adverse health effect caused by inhalation of contaminants in the work environment.
Call us today to start building up your Respiratory Protection Program and thank us later!