The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) General Industry Respiratory Protection Standard requires that you provide a respiratory protection program that includes respiratory protection program and recordkeeping requirements, medical evaluation and fit testing, respirator selection, and required employee training.
Why “OSHA’s General Industry Respiratory Protection Standard” Matters:
OSHA’s respiratory protection standard applies to virtually any situation that requires respirator use in any industry except agriculture.
OSHA estimates that the respiratory protection standard could save as many as 900 lives and prevent more than 4,000 injuries and illnesses every year.
OSHA requires you to have a written respiratory protection program if employees use respirators.
- Each employee who needs a respirator must receive a medical evaluation and fit test before using a respirator.
- You are responsible for selecting the best respirators to protect against specific hazards to which employees are exposed.
- Employees must be trained to use, inspect, and maintain respirators properly.