An estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect against environments with inadequate oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases and sprays. They can also protect hospital personnel against infectious diseases or airborne germs.
Not only is it important to comply with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, but it is also important to ensure that Respirators are in good shape and effective working condition.
This checklist provides a guideline for inspecting respirators, as well as, providing the necessary steps for donning and doffing respirators as outlines in the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard.