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Major state and local agencies will have a Respiratory Protection Plan (or similarly named program) as a part of their safety program. The plan will follow the regulations set forth in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection.23,24

The Respiratory Protection Plan should include sections on:

  • Purpose of the program
  • Scope of the program
  • Program administration
  • Definitions
  • Hazard Assessment
    • Review of MSDSs
    • Identification of potential hazards
    • Evaluation of respiratory hazards
    • Reasonable estimate of employee exposure to hazards
  • Hazard control
  • Selection of respirators
    • Selection will depend upon the hazard and duration of hazard exposure
      • Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH)
      • Not IDLH
  • Medical surveillance
    • Medical history
    • Physical exam
    • Respiratory exam
    • Documentation
  • Fit testing
  • Use and care of respirator
  • Training
  • Record keeping
    • Laboratory requirements
    • Municipal requirements
    • Medical record requirements
  • Medical questionnaire (used prior to medical exam and fit testing)
  • Program evaluation
    • Evaluation of how the program is implemented and followed

Read the Respiratory Protection standard on the OSHA website.

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